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The mayor has told us tonight that he'll explore the legal opthons
available to fight today's decision by the Government to build
Sadiq Khan favours expansion at Gatwick instead.
Let's get more from our transport correspondent Tom Edwards
in the village of Harmondsworth tonight, one of the places
Yes, this village is now at the centre of the fight against the
third runway. As you can sed, the posters are still up. Just to give
you an idea of what's eventtally going to happen, the perimeter of
the runway will run along this side, this line of houses here, all of
these homes will be demolished. The Mayor of London thinks the runway is
in completely the wrong place. These plans today to expand
Heathrow, when there is an alternative for jobs
and growth, is wrong for London My paramount concern
is the well-being of Londondrs. I think runway three doesn't
help Londoners' health, doesn't help those inconvenhenced
by noise, so I'll be working with them to explore
all legal options. Apologies there. Let's get lore from
Tom Edwards who has been getting reaction from the village of
Harmondsworth. Heathrow tonight, as ever,
running at full capacity. A third runway means most
of the nearby village of It's very easy to wake up at 4. 0am
and have the 4.00am frights when you think you're going to be
evicted out of your home, I think it goes a long way to tell
us, to really tell us, that They've offered sound insul`tion
and possibly buying the house, It's not the issue, of course,
we want to save the village Down the road in Cranford at this
cafe most welcomed today's news A third runway probably is necessary
for this airport because yot can see Planes all around,
so probably is a good thing. It's good for the economy,
it's good for the business, Right here is where the new runway
will be and right at the he`rt of Heathrow's case it's been
about jobs and it's While this is about global
connections, it's also Many of the top 300 UK comp`nies
have headquarters We've actually delayed for far
too many years. That delay has actually put us
behind our competitive It's freight companies like this one
that give Heathrow the advantage. It's cargo and the combinathon
with passengers that make In 2013, 1.4 million tonnes
of freight came through Heathrow, Nearly 80% of all air
freight in the UK. Gatwick deals with a fraction
of that - 100,000 tonnes. The growth that the UK needs
now that we are looking at ` global We will have trade within Etrope,
obviously, but the new emerging markets of the world need to be
connected and Heathrow NEWSREEL: Members were reminded
of the county's long tradition of resistance
to interference and oppresshon. . But history shows that politics
and runways do not mix. In fact, no full length
runway has been built As well as local opposition
at Heathrow, the extra cost for road and rail links vary
between five and ?20 billion. It includes putting the M25
into a tunnel and it's not clear The big variable on the Heathrow
side is the motorways. Their proposal envisages thd M2
being put into tunnel and they'll want to have a good look if that can
be done more cheaply Tonight, while some say a third
runway here will never happdn, others say post-Brexit it's
needed more than ever. The reaction of local residdnts and
businesses there. Turning to politics.
Well, within hours of the announcement, Zac Goldslith
the Conservative MP for Richmond, and high-profile opponent
As he said he would when he was elected back in 2010 if a third
Our political correspondent Karl Mercer has been speaking to him
Goldsmith, Zac, Conservativd Party candidate 29,000...
Zac Goldsmith six years ago winning his Richmond
seat for the Tories, having promised to quit
if a Conservative Government ever gave the go-ahead
I said at the beginning that I would always put
the constituency first, that was a promise I made
Today, as you know, I have to honour my promise.
And so I've resigned as your member of parliament and I'll be
standing in the by-election as an independent candidate.
But this election must be a referendum on Heathrow expansion.
It is our chance to send a lessage to Government and to Heathrow
via the ballot box so I'm asking you to give me the mandate H need
It appears to have been carefully choreographed.
I don't know that, that's a party issue.
He may be running as an inddpendent candidate in the coming by-dlection
but the Conservatives have confirmed they won't put up
Quite simply, the numbers whll be against them and feeling
in the local party is very pro their now former MP and very
Zac is one of the few principled and honest MPs in
We love him for that, we support him entirely.
Will you support him as an independent?
A lot of people are upset about it, he's fought well and hard
for the constituents in Richmond and I think they'll be very upset
With no Tory candidate standing it could now be a straight racd
with the Lib Dems who used to hold this seat.
The Liberal Democrats have been completely consistent on thhs over
many decades and we will continue to fight Heathrow expansion
The by-election is expected to take place in early December.
Let's talk about some of thd political ramifications of this Our
political editor joins me. How awkward is this by-election for the
Government? Well, it is awkward and the Liberal Democrats will certainly
fancy their chances. But medium to long-term I am not sure how much
damage it's going to do. Thd Conservatives, the Government,
Theresa May, always had to factor this in, they always knew Z`c
Goldsmith was going to do this. They're not standing their own
candidate, they take the vidw let's get this out of the way and move on.
You could argue they will think if this is the best it gets, Z`c
Goldsmith leading the opposhtion, they might be happy long-term,
contrast that with Justine Greening, Boris Johnson, if their scope for
protest is curtailed, they're not going to be able to whip up
opposition long-term and it's clear from Boris Johnson, in parthcular,
he has no intention of resigning and giving up his rather big current
job. It will cause an immense
amount of disruption. There are colossal problems
still to be solved. And then you have a future
in which London will be flown over We know still a lot of hurdles to
overcome. Dare I ask, how mtch turbulence can we expect? A major
planning application to be drawn up, a long way to go. We will sde legal
action by four local authorhties, including Theresa May's own one and
protest against, direct acthon, splits within parties as well as
between those parties. You lay see politicians lying in front of
bulldozers, although not perhaps the Foreign Secretary now. Some people
still think they can not sed how this is going to happen. On the
other hand, you need to remdmber the last time it didn't happen or Labour
failed, it wasn't because of legal action that halted things, ht was
the political weakness of the Labour Government at the time. Verx
different now some people s`y. Theresa May in a strong poshtion, a
fair wind, you could argue the auspices have never been as good as
they are new to give this a go. Thank you very much.
That's it from the London tdam this evening. I will hand you ovdr to
Stav for a look at the weather. Thank you very much.
Conditions improved through the afternoon with sunshine devdloping
but it means into this evenhng and overnight we are going to sde some
moisture-laden air moving into the cooler air. It's a perfect recipe
for dense fog to develop by the end of the night. Certainly tomorrow
morning first thing there whll be a lot of fog around and grey `nd mist
in places but through the d`y conditions are expected to brighten.
Give yourself extra time to head out tomorrow morning. Some of that fog
will be quite dense. Take c`re on the roads. A big improvement through
the afternoon. Good spells of sunshine developing. The odd bit of
patchy cloud. Temperatures `re milder than of late. We hold on to
the high pressure which will be dominating throughout the wdek and
into the weekend bringing mtch more of the same, so largely find,
settled conditions. Again for Thursday we could have fog to begin
with. That should clear and lift. In the sunshine we should see
temperatures reaching around 16 To recap throughout the rest of this
week, it's set to be fine and settled and on the mild sidd. Nick
now has all the national settled and on the mild side. Nick
now has all the national weather. Hello. Autumn is the season of
change, most noticeably with those autumn colours on display today in
Buckinghamshire, as photographed by one of our weather watchers. Always
helps when there is blue sky above. Our weather is always changing
regardless of the season. One of those changes is taking place, we
are losing last week's Easterly winds and now a westerly wind. That
means it's turning milder by day and night but it does mean the return of
Atlantic weather fronts, especially to north-western parts of the UK.
The reason, high pressure in Germany and low pressure Iceland. Here is
the first of those weather fronts for Scotland and Northern Ireland