Government says it’s taking the biggest transport decision in a generation.
Will the vote land on the governments side? Yes it did.
The MPs will decide whether to build a third runway at Heathrow airport. This is in a vote likely to expose splits in both Labour and Tory ranks.
The spotlight is on Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He vowed to lie in front of bulldozers to stop expansion. His constituency is Uxbridge and South Ruislip alongside the airport. But he’s abroad at the moment so not voting.
Mr Johnson faces criticism for missing the vote – although Theresa May defended his trip abroad as showing he was “the living embodiment of global Britain”.
Other Tory MPs have been ordered to vote in favour of the runway plan.
With the government issuing a three-line whip to its MPs – and about 40 Labour MPs expected to vote with them – it is widely expected that the expansion plan will get Commons backing.
However, this is what Greg Hands junior Trade Minister did. He resigned so that he can vote the way he wants to today.
I wrote to the PM earlier this week on how I will honour these 2017 General Election pledges to the people of Chelsea & Fulham and vote against the Heathrow 3rd runway on Monday. pic.twitter.com/Mtad84N3Zx
— Greg Hands (@GregHands) 21 June 2018
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