Growing opposition among Labour MPs over Heathrow expansion has forced a debate in the House of Commons today.
38 Labour MPs have now signed an Early Day Motion confirming their opposition to plans for a third runway, and some have even invited campaigners to gather outside the Commons during the debate to show support.
Cllr Barbara Reid, Hounslow’s lead member for aviation, who will attend the gathering on behalf of the borough, said: "“The opposition to Heathrow expansion is getting stronger and louder every week. This surprise debate is a real opportunity for the Government to listen and find out why so many people say NO to expansion at Heathrow.
“Our aim is to ensure that Tuesday’s debate leaves the Government in no doubt that people in Hounslow will not tolerate any plans that mean more planes, more noise and more pollution.”
The debate comes after revelations that several prominent Labour figures are having second thoughts about their party's official pro-expansion position, including Hariet Harman and Hilary Benn.
The Government is expected to announce its decision on Heathrow expansion in December. Campaigners are planning a last visible protest before the decision on Saturday, November 29, in Lampton Park, Hounslow.