25 June 2018
*Lucas: Boris is 'bulldozing his own reputation'
Caroline Lucas, the Green Party co-leader, said that Heathrow expansion puts a 'wrecking ball' through Britain's climate policies. Lucas, who will vote against Heathrow expansion later today, said that a vote in favour would be 'willingly waving the white flag to catastrophic climate change' and that Boris Johnson is 'bulldozing what is left of his own reputation'.
Caroline Lucas said:
"Heathrow expansion will put a wrecking ball through Britain's climate policies, increase air pollution and blight the residents of West London. A vote in favour of expansion today will be willingly waving the white flat to catastrophic climate change, and betraying future generations. I urge MPs to unshackle themselves from the interests of the big business lobby and those who peddle overblown hype on job creation - and take a stand today. We need serious infrastructure investment in Britain - but that must be low-carbon, clean transport systems for the future - not a mega airport in West London.
"The fact that Boris Johnson is set to miss the vote truly underlines his utter spinelessness. He stood against Heathrow as a point of principle - and has now fled the country to save his job, and maintain his disastrous political career. Boris Johnson said he'd lie down in front the bulldozers at Heathrow - but instead he's now bowing out of politics for the day and bulldozing what is left of his own reputation."