GREENPEACE are well-meaning but they are being naive if they think the Heathrow issue will cost Labour seats ('Voters won't be Keen on additional runway', Chronicle, January 8).
By their logic, if a third runway gets the go-ahead there will be a wing against anti-expansion Labour MP Ann Keen in Brentford at the same time as a swing towards pro-expansion Tory MP David Wilshire in Spelthorne. That simply defies logic. The truth is that most voters do not trust the Conservatives to keep their promise of scrapping a third runway.
Greenpeace are also ignoring the variety of other factors that will count against the Tories in Brentford and Isleworth. Here is a selection. [
* The Conservative candidate's unreliable track record of committing herself to one constituency - plus the fact that she has already moved out of the area.
* The decision of her colleagues on Hounslow Council to appoint a former National Front member to the executive (not something that will go down well among the constituency's Asian voters).
* The action of senior Tory councillors in forcing through a package of cutbacks at the same time as voting themselves an outrageous hike in their personal allowances.
* Ann Keen's strength as a popular, locally based constituency MP.
The Conservatives may think that the funding they receive from multi-millionaire tax exile Lord Ashcroft will cancel out these factors. Well, I wouldn't bet on it. Politicians cannot simply buy their way to victory.
P HALING Farm Close, Southall.