Heathrow Third Runway — rethink the plans — rejected — 28 Jan 2009 at 18:45

Frank Dobson MP, Holborn and St Pancras voted to urge the Government to rethink its plans for Heathrow third runway

The majority of MPs voted against the motion, which said:[1]

  • This House
  • urges the Government to rethink its plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport and to give full consideration to alternative solutions;
  • regrets the Government's heavy reliance on data supplied by BAA in assessing the case for expansion and notes the likely forthcoming break-up of BAA's ownership of three of 5 London's airports following the investigation by the Competition Commission;
  • believes that the consultation paper Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport[2] was deeply flawed, as it paid insufficient regard to the costs of air and noise pollution in the surrounding areas and the commitment to curb carbon dioxide emissions to tackle climate change;
  • regrets the fact that provisions to improve high-speed rail lines from 10 Heathrow to major cities have not been fully explored, along with the potential of other UK airports to handle more long-haul flights; and
  • urges the Government to initiate a consultation on a new national planning policy statement on the theme of airports and high-speed rail.

In its place, a different motion was proposed, which read:[3]

  • This House
  • notes the Government's commitment in the 2003 Aviation White Paper[4] to limit noise impacts and to be confident both that statutory air quality limits will be met and that public transport will be improved before expansion is permitted at Heathrow;
  • welcomes the Government's new enforceable target to reduce UK aviation carbon dioxide emissions below 2005 levels by 2050, and the commitment that increases in capacity at Heathrow, beyond the additional 125,000 movements a year already agreed, will only be approved after a review in 2020 by the Committee on Climate Change of whether the UK is on track to meet this independently monitored target;
  • notes that development at Heathrow will be conditional both on requirements that the size of the 57 decibel noise contour will not increase compared with 2002 and on adherence to the requirements of the European Air Quality Directive;
  • notes the decision not to proceed with mixed mode, thereby ensuring that neighbouring residents will have predictable respite from aircraft noise;
  • welcomes the proposal that new slots at Heathrow should be 'green slots' using the most efficient planes;
  • recognises the economic and social importance of Heathrow; and
  • welcomes proposals on ultra-low carbon vehicles and new rail links to the west of Heathrow and new high-speed services from London to the Midlands, the North and Scotland linked to Heathrow, to the benefit of the UK as a whole.

which passed automatically.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con0 181 (+1 tell)094.3%
DUP5 0055.6%
Ind1 4083.3%
Ind Lab0 10100.0%
Lab291 (+2 tell) 28091.7%
LDem0 56 (+1 tell)090.5%
PC0 2066.7%
SNP0 6085.7%
Total:297 278091.6%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

Sort by: Name | Constituency | Party | Vote

NameConstituencyPartyVote
Diane AbbottHackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabaye
Harry CohenLeyton and WansteadLabaye
Jeremy CorbynIslington NorthLabaye
Jim CousinsNewcastle upon Tyne CentralLabaye
Frank DobsonHolborn and St PancrasLabaye
David DrewStroudLabaye
Frank FieldBirkenheadLabaye
Paul FlynnNewport WestLabaye
Ian GibsonNorwich NorthLabaye
John GroganSelbyLabaye
Kate HoeyVauxhallLabaye
Kelvin HopkinsLuton NorthLabaye
Lynne JonesBirmingham, Selly OakLabaye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabaye
Robert Marshall-AndrewsMedwayLabaye
John McDonnellHayes and HarlingtonLabaye
Michael MeacherOldham West and RoytonLabaye
George MudieLeeds EastLabaye
Chris MullinSunderland SouthLabaye
Gordon PrenticePendleLabaye
Nick RaynsfordGreenwich and WoolwichLabaye
Martin SalterReading WestLabaye
Virendra SharmaEaling, SouthallLabaye
Alan SimpsonNottingham SouthLabaye
Andy SlaughterEaling, Acton and Shepherd's BushLabaye
Andrew SmithOxford EastLabaye
David TaylorNorth West LeicestershireLabaye

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