No ifs. No buts. Heathrow must have a third runway
BY spectator events
November 26, 2012
IET London, 2 Savoy Place, London
Andrew Neil, chairman, The Spectator Magazine Group
Graham Brady For the motion MP for Altrincham and Sale West and chair of the 1922 committee
Jon Moulton, For the motion, chair, Better Capital and founder, Alchemy Partners
Tim Yeo, For the motion, MP for South Suffolk and former chairman, the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee
Almost everyone agrees that London and the South East need more airport capacity – especially more runways. London's airports are already overflowing, while passenger numbers grow steadily year on year. We desperately need new runways – but where and how?
A third runway at Heathrow, or an entirely new airport in the Thames Estuary? A second runway at Gatwick? Or even Stansted? Each plan has its critics and their champions, but which will bring the most benefits to the most people?
Industry specialists and political heavyweights – including Boris’s right-hand man – went head to head as they debated the most emotive of topics: the solution to London’s aviation problem.