Bloomberg on Heathrow Make A NOise carnival 31 May 2008

May 30, 2008 at 9:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Glad to see Bloomberg have reported on the Make A NOise story, in a way that does make you wonder what state Britain would be in now, and what its outlook would be too, should John McDonnell have gained sufficient support to have become Prime Minister.

My family and I will be there protesting peacefully (and taking photographs, as is my habit). It is good that friends and family from further afield have expressed full support for our actions and what Make A NOise stands for.  Thanks to all of you who have wished us a happy, effective and memorable day tomorrow 🙂

Labour Lawmaker to Lead U.K. Protests Against Heathrow Runway
By Kitty Donaldson

May 29 (Bloomberg) — A lawmaker who challenged Prime Minister Gordon Brown for the leadership of Britain’s ruling Labour Party will lead a protest against the expansion of Heathrow airport this Saturday.

John McDonnell, who represents an area in west London affected by the prospect of a third runway, said residents fear the loss of up to 4,000 homes if the plan is approved by the government. Environmental activists also cite increased pollution as a reason why expansion should not go ahead.

“This demonstration will show the government the strength of feeling against Heathrow expansion, not just from local people, but from community organizations and environmental groups from across London and the whole country,” McDonnell said in an e-mail today. “We are calling on the government to listen to our worries about the devastation that would be caused if a third runway is permitted.”

Heathrow owner BAA Ltd. and airlines including British Airways Plc and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. are lobbying the government to approve a third runway to boost the number of flights out of the nation’s busiest airport. Heathrow’s two runways are currently operating at 99 percent of their permitted capacity, leading to delays.

“Everybody has the right to protest peacefully,” a spokesman for the Department for Transport said in an interview. “The government believes it has put forward its policy for expanding capacity at Heathrow and it believes that a third runway should be built, provided strict environmental conditions are met.”

A final decision on whether the government will proceed with the third runway is due later this year.

McDonnell never mustered enough support within the Labour Party to mount a formal challenge to Brown, who became prime minister in June 2007.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kitty Donaldson in London at

Last Updated: May 29, 2008 11:07 EDT

Make a Noise Say NO to Heathrow expansion at Sipson on 31 May 2008



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