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Competition in transport is the obvious way to deliver growth

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September 20, 2014

6:15 pm

Hall 5, The ICC, Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA


Fraser Nelson, editor, The Spectator


The grounding of Boris Island in the Thames estuary has narrowed the options for expanding the UK’s airport capacity. Which will be cleared for take-off?

London’s airports are already overflowing, while passenger numbers grow steadily year on year. We desperately need new runways – but where?A third runway at Heathrow, a second runway at Gatwick – or both? Each plan has its critics and their champions, but are we at risk of losing further ground in the race for global economic growth by delaying a decision?

The Spectator and Gatwick Airport hosted the inaugural Spectatordebate at Conservative Party Conference.

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Priti Patel MP, Exchequer Secretary (HM Treasury)

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick

James Sproule, Chief Economist, Director of Policy, IoD

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham Airport

Captain William ‘Jock’ Lowe, Director, Heathrow Hub

Chaired by: Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator