AN ENVIRONMENTAL pressure group has welcomed the news a Conservative-run Government is likely to remove all support for a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
Greenpeace reacted with delight to a speech by David Cameron at a meeting in Brentford today (Friday) where the Tory leader said: "I haven't heard any persuasive arguments for Heathrow expansion."
The group feels this statement is the strongest indication yet that Mr Cameron is unconvinced by the economic and environmental justifications used by the aviation industry and the Labour Government.
His comments come after Transport secretary Ruth Kelly recently announced the expected imminent decision on the expansion of the third runway was to be postponed until the end of the year.
Robin Oakley, the head of the climate change campaign at Greenpeace UK said: "David Cameron's words are a body blow to the Government's case for a third runway at Heathrow.
"The fact that the Conservatives are not convinced by the economic and environmental arguments being put forward completely undermines the aviation industry's position and casts serious doubt on the future of this project.
"Just this week Ruth Kelly announced that her decision on Heathrow has been put back until the end of the year, and as each day goes past this proposal looks increasingly shaky."