John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

Delaying Decisions on New Airport Capacity

In parliament today  Warley MP John Spellar slammed Prime Minister David Cameron who he dubbed “Dithering Dave” for delaying decisions on new airport capacity.  

Mr John Spellar (Warley) (Lab):

Does my hon. Friend, like me, find it utterly extraordinary that, given the huge advantage to many regional airports around the country, the fact that business is overwhelmingly supportive of an early decision on airport capacity and the fact that the private sector trade unions—GMB and Unite—are also campaigning vigorously on behalf of their members to increase airport capacity, the Prime Minister, dithering Dave, is still holding back on bringing a decision to Parliament?

Catherine McKinnell:

I thank my right hon Friend, who makes my argument for me. Hon. Members will remember the Chancellor’s claim in 2011 of a march of the makers, which he has since forgotten, and his more recent talk of a northern powerhouse. How does he expect the makers to march or the north to become a powerhouse if they cannot export or do business with the rest of the world? That is what is at risk thanks to the Government’s dither and delay

Afterward John Spellar said “ We have had report after report saying we need more airport capacity, indeed I wrote one myself over 10 years ago as Transport Minister. Yet “Dithering Dave” keeps putting off a decision. Airports, their workers, tourism, British industry and passengers all need him to get on with and make a decision.”



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