MPs have voted to give Heathrow Airport a controversial third runway – despite a last-ditch protest by environmentalists.
Theresa May’s plans to expand aviation capacity got the Parliamentary go-ahead as she won enough Labour backing to survive a small rebellion by London Tory backbenchers.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also stayed away from the Commons, staging a much-ridiculed, eleventh hour trip to Afghanistan to avoid having to break the Government whip on the vote.
The vote – by 415 to 119 – means that the expansion of Heathrow has cleared its main legislative hurdle as MPs approved the National Planning Statement (NPS) that paves the way for the £14bn construction project.
Following a ‘free vote’ allowed by Jeremy Corbyn, some 119 Labour MPs voted for the plans, with…