MPs team up to blast expansion at Gatwick


A second runway at Gatwick ‘would be a disaster’ for the surrounding area according to a group of Conservative MPs from Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Five backbenchers released a statement of their concerns after establishing the Gatwick Coordination Group (GCG) to represent ‘serious local concern’ about proposed expansion at the airport, which they feel will devastate the environment and leave the UK with its major airport in the wrong place.

The GCG included Sir Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex, Crispin Blunt, MP for Reigate, Sir Paul Beresford, MP for Mole Valley, Sir John Stanley, MP for Tonbridge and Malling, and Charles Hendry, MP for Wealden.

Henry Smith, MP for Crawley, said he attended a meeting with the group but could not endorse their statement. He added: “Whilst I think Gatwick needs to make a stronger case on how it would invest in upgrading Crawley’s infrastructure if the airport were to expand, I think it premature to rule out an additional runway until the Davies Commission investigating aviation capacity has reported next year.”