HEATHROW lobbyists claimed yesterday that parliamentary support for a third runway at the site rose by 7 per cent in October and November, with 74 per cent of MPs now favouring the controversial project.
A poll of 130 MPs commissioned by airport chiefs found that 96 now favour the project over rival proposals for a second runway at Gatwick, compared to a poll in July and August which garnered 66 per cent.
However numbers are still down compared to a poll of 102 MPs in May and June, which saw 76 per cent in favour.
The result comes after shadow chancellor and Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell addressed hundreds of his constituents earlier this month about the likely disruption they would experience from another runway, saying that he believes legal action by a coalition of local councils against the project would be a success.
He had continued: “The decision by this government to build a third runway was shameful and remains a huge threat to local residents who face losing their homes, schools, community centre and village life.
“And when you add in the air pollution, noise and climate change concerns then it becomes even more obvious that this runway makes no sense.”
The proportion of Conservative MPs in favour of expanding Heathrow has risen from 71 per cent to 80 per cent.
With 75 per cent of Labour MPs polled also backing the scheme, Heathrow say there would be “an overwhelming parliamentary endorsement” if a Commons vote was held today.
But several Cabinet ministers, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Education Secretary Justine Greening, criticised the government’s decision made in October as “undeliverable” and “extremely disappointing.”
Zac Goldsmith quit as Tory MP for Richmond Park over the decision and lost the subsequent by-election in which he stood as an independent.