THE LABOUR PARTY is set to clash with Britain’s biggest union over a third runway at Heathrow after Unite leader Len McCluskey called on MPs yesterday to back expansion.
The general secretary said an additional runway at the airport, as recommended by the Airports Commission earlier this year, was “fundamental” to Britain’s economic success.
But his comments put the union at odds with Labour MPs, including shadow chancellor John McDonnell and green campaigners who warn against its environmental effects.
Mr McCluskey said: “The building of a third runway is fundamental to the success of at least two major industries of strategic national importance, aviation and aerospace, as well as being crucial to securing our country’s long-term economic prosperity.”
The union will brief MPs in the Commons this week as part of its campaign to back Heathrow, with the government expected to make its decision within days.
However the region’s local MP Mr McDonnell warned last week that legal action would promptly follow any decision to open a third runway at Heathrow.