Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has voted against government plans to expand Heathrow after the Transport Secretary admitted – and the government’s own figures showed – that there will be fewer flights to Birmingham airport as a result. Speaking after the vote, Emma said, “I voted against a third runway at Heathrow because of the detrimental impact it will have on Birmingham Airport. The Transport Secretary has admitted and the government’s own figures show that expanding Heathrow will lead to 17,000 fewer flights a year at Birmingham by 2030. Whereas a second runway at Birmingham Airport could boost the West Midlands economy and bring jobs, investment and growth to Wolverhampton and the surrounding area.

“Birmingham Airport is already connected to the motorway network and the West Coast Mainline which makes it one of the most easily accessible airports in the country. This government has yet again failed to consider the economic needs of the West Midlands region.”

June 2018