Mayoral candidate backs controversial third Heathrow runway

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An ambitious mother running for London Mayor is backing a controversial third Heathrow runway.

Siobhan Benita, from New Malden, has called on the government to give the go ahead to the runway, which she said is crucial to West London jobs and prosperity.

She said: "A third runway will bring thousands of new jobs to West London, which has seen a slowdown in job creation because of the focus on east London and the London Olympic facilities.

"We don’t want London lagging behind the rest of Europe."

The Independent candidate’s call contrasts with proposals from other candidates, including a new airport in the Thames Estuary.

It also contrasts with Richmond and North Kingston MP Zac Goldsmith who has campaign against a third runway for many years.

The 40-year-old’s position is in line with calls by Willie Walsh of British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and airport operator BAA for a third runway at Heathrow.

She said: "The environmental concerns remain and, as Mayor of London, I would work with BAA on ensuring the runway is situated in the best position to cause the least noise and pollution to surrounding communities.

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6:57am Thu 15 Mar 12

Beverly RA says...

Whilst I admire Siobhan Benita for standing for Mayor, she is already showing that she lacks the main element of being a good leader, by saying that she agrees with the third runway just shows how out of touch she is with the vast majority of the public. It not what YOU want it what the PUBLIC want. I look forward to seeing how many votes you will get following that policy.
Whilst I admire Siobhan Benita for standing for Mayor, she is already showing that she lacks the main element of being a good leader, by saying that she agrees with the third runway just shows how out of touch she is with the vast majority of the public. It not what YOU want it what the PUBLIC want. I look forward to seeing how many votes you will get following that policy. Beverly RA
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2:07am Wed 21 Mar 12

Foo Bear says...

It is refreshing to have a candidate, any candidate, in any UK election for that matter, that understands the needs of business and the general public. She only falls down on failing to pickup that we need both the third and fourth runways at Heathrow to cater for growth and to avoid aircraft "dropping out of the air" over London.
Any candidate that does not support the expansion of Heathrow is either incompetent, or is lacking in integrity given the evidence that the extra capacity is essential to the UK.
It is refreshing to have a candidate, any candidate, in any UK election for that matter, that understands the needs of business and the general public. She only falls down on failing to pickup that we need both the third and fourth runways at Heathrow to cater for growth and to avoid aircraft "dropping out of the air" over London. Any candidate that does not support the expansion of Heathrow is either incompetent, or is lacking in integrity given the evidence that the extra capacity is essential to the UK. Foo Bear
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