Zac Goldsmith to join the fight against Heathrow

Release Date: 18/01/2017

Former Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith, has been appointed as a spokesman and organiser for the four-council anti-Heathrow expansion campaign for Richmond, Wandsworth, Hillingdon and Windsor and Maidenhead councils, it was announced last night.

The appointment was announced at Richmond Council's full council meeting on Tuesday 17 January. At the meeting, Lord True tabled a motion that endorsed the appointment of Zac Goldsmith as an unpaid, spokesman and organiser for the public and legal campaign being waged by the four councils against the expansion of Heathrow.

Lord True said:

“This was the first time that we’ve met as a Council since what I consider to be the devastating news that the Government has accepted the preferred recommendation of the Davies Commission and decided to support a third runway at Heathrow.

“It is absolutely right that we should commit our resources to fighting the expansion of Heathrow and it is our duty to the residents of this borough who voted no to a third runway. We have always been opposed to a third runway at Heathrow. We say no and we have always been united against this threat.

“We have launched legal action on a decision that is so flawed. This is only the beginning of the fight.

“Everyone knows Heathrow fears Zac Goldsmith. Most of all, I am pleased to say that following an approach from Hillingdon, supported by Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils, he has agreed to be a spokesperson and adviser, supporting our opposition to the expansion of Heathrow on behalf of all four Councils. All of us must make our voices heard. I welcome the role of Zac Goldsmith - a great campaigner for green causes.”

Zac Goldsmith added:

“The arguments against Heathrow expansion are overwhelming, but alone they aren’t going to win this campaign. That’s why the legal action launched by the four heroic councils is so crucial. I am honoured to have been asked to support their campaign, and will do all I can to ensure we win. I am confident we will.”

Updated: 18 January 2017