‘SNP must review policy and reject Heathrow…

‘SNP must review policy and reject Heathrow expansion’, former minister says – need SNP conference debate on it
2020-10-12 10:40:00
The SNP has been asked to change its policy, to now oppose the expansion of Heathrow Airport, due to carbon emissions.  Marco Biagi was communities minister until he stood down from the Scottish Parliament in 2016. He wants the SNP to adopt “a presumption against any major airport expansion” at next month’s SNP Conference, which is to be held virtually on 28th to 30th November.  After intense lobbying from Heathrow, and suggestions of more routes and more jobs for Scotland if there was a 3rd runway, since 2016 the Scottish Government has officially backed the runway plans. But the SNP finally abstained in the Commons from voting for the Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) in June 2018.  Mr Biagi said the SNP’s support for the 3rd runway had never been debated at a SNP conference.  Aviation CO2 emissions are rising, this is against Scottish policies on climate. He said: “Across Europe there is a growing realisation of the need for alternatives to ever-expanding air travel, especially on short-haul routes like those between Scotland and London. On this issue, do we want to follow the climate-wrecking Conservatives or be part of the European mainstream?” .Tweet   ‘SNP must review policy and reject Heathrow expansion’, former minister says By Kathleen Nutt @kacnutt (The National, Scotland) . 12th October 2020 THE SNP is to be asked to change its policy, to oppose the expansion of Heathrow Airport amid the growing climate emergency by a former minister. Marco Biagi was communities minister until he stood down from the Scottish Parliament in 2016 and is now challenging Angus Robertson to get selected as the candidate for Edinburgh Central. He wants his party to adopt “a presumption against any major airport expansion” at next month’s SNP Conference. Since 2016 the Scottish Government has officially backed the proposed £14 billion expansion of London’s Heathrow airport. Despite this stance, in 2018 SNP MPs abstained in a vote on the subject in the Commons. “All policies need to be reviewed in light of the growing climate emergency. The Scottish Government’s support for expansion of Heathrow airport dates back to autumn of 2016. It has never been debated by members at the SNP conference. We should have that chance,” said Biagi. READ MORE: Pot

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