Third runway due to get backing

Cameron ‘expected to confirm’ Heathrow for expansion

David Cameron annual confDavid Cameron, the Prime Minister, is expected to make an announcement on airport expansion this week, with sources suggesting a Cabinet sub-committee favours a third runway at Heathrow.

According to a leaked report, the west London facility will get the vote but with tough restrictions to limit noise and pollution.

Should Heathrow get the backing of government it is likely to reopen a fierce debate within the Conservative party.

A number of senior Conservatives including London Mayor Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith, the Tory candidate for mayor, are certain to voice their opposition.

Former transport secretary Justine Greening, the Tory MP for Putney and International Development Secretary, has said she will fight against expansion at Heathrow.

Mr Goldsmith has said he would resign as an MP and force a by-election in his constituency if Heathrow expansion is approved.

An independent commission into airport capacity in England chaired by Sir Howard Davies came down narrowly in favour of Heathrow while keeping open options for expanding Gatwick.

The arguments in favour of Heathrow include the greater economic benefits and more jobs.

While government sources told The Telegraph that an announcement on airport expansion is due this week, it is possible it could be delayed because of the crisis in Syria.

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