Thirteen years on from Alistair Darling’s white paper, a third runway at Heathrow has been given the go-ahead.
Reporter: Daniel Khalili-Tari
The Department for Transport says the decision will boost the economy by up to £61billion
The government has accepted the recommendations of the Airports Commission to expand Heathrow instead of Gatwick Airport. The decision will be voted on by parliament in 2017 or 2018.
Protests and legal challenges are expected to oppose the government’s choice.
According to the BBC’s Assistant Political Editor Norman Smith, Boris Johnson will continue to challenge the decision.
Boris Johnson leaving cabinet. Will you continue to oppose Heathrow ?"Yes"
— norman smith (@BBCNormanS) October 25, 2016
Plans to expand the airport were first published 13 years ago by the then Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling.
Zac Goldsmith MP, who represents Richmond Park is expected to stand down over the government’s decision and to trigger a by-election in which he intends to run independently.
Following the Government's catastrophic Heathrow announcement, I will be meeting my constituents later today before making a statement.
— Zac Goldsmith (@ZacGoldsmith) October 25, 2016