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Heathrow airport growth ‘fails Labour test’

HEATHROW’S expansion could be scrapped under Labour proposals to make Britain carbon-neutral by 2030.

Controversial plans for a third runway may be blocked as the party pursues policies to tackle climate change, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said.

He told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: ‘We set ourselves criteria, one of which was environmental impact, the other was also economic impact and social impact.

‘On the current criteria, we’ve said very clearly, Heathrow expansion doesn’t qualify.’

Pressed on whether Labour would cancel the extension planned for 2026, he said: ‘At the moment it does not qualify based on the criteria we set out.’

Later yesterday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘It has to meet those tests and that is the reason why I opposed it when it last came to parliament because, in my view, it did not meet those tests.’

Other expansions — including in Manchester — would also be considered under the criteria.