The demonstration organised by campaign group Back Heathrow saw families call on the government and the UK’s next Prime Minister, after David Cameron announced he would step down in October , to support expansion at the hub airport in west London following the Brexit vote which has caused further delays to the decision.
Placards with messages reading ‘more local jobs’; ‘investing in young people’ and ‘helping local businesses’ were held up at the mass rally in support of a third runway , held at Kempton Park racecourse on Saturday (July 2).
Speakers at the rally included Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye, MPs, community groups and senior representatives of Unite the union.
Gareth Thomas , MP for Harrow West, said: “Given the current economic uncertainty and lack of a clear plan from the government, a decision to expand Heathrow would send a strong message that Britain is open for business.
“It would be madness to turn our backs on thousands of jobs and apprenticeships at this vital time for our country, a view clearly shared by many residents living near Heathrow”.
Joe McGowan, lead aviation officer for Unite the Union, added: “A new runway will deliver massive investment in skills, training and jobs, providing a huge boost to local communities which is a key reason why Unite is backing Heathrow to grow.”
Rob Gray, Back Heathrow campaign director, said: “More residents living near Heathrow support rather than oppose expansion.
This rally is powerful, living proof that the next Prime Minister can give a new runway the green light, secure in the knowledge that the decision will be welcomed by the majority in local communities and around the UK. It’s time to back Heathrow.”