Thornberry fails to take a stand on Heathrow

The headlines today include the news that 40 Labour MPs have signed the Early Day Motion tabled by Martin Salter MP, calling for a Commons vote on any third runway at Heathrow.

Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has already said he’s not planning to offer a vote, so it’s slightly rebellious to sign the EDM. But that shouldn’t deter MPs who really care about the environment, or have constituents affected by Heathrow expansion.

However one name you won’t find on the list is Islington South & Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry. It’s disappointing but not a surprise. After all, Ms Thornberry has a record of failing to back up her rhetoric with action – she failed to vote with rebels on post offices, council housing and a string of other issues where Islington interests were at stake.

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