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Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to Justine Greening's backing for a cross-party approach to aviation, said:

“If Justine Greening had accepted Labour's offer of cross-party talks on aviation last Autumn then instead of the whole year that has been wasted, we could by now have delivered certainty for the industry and British business.

“The Government should now get on and begin the long delayed call for evidence and political parties should work together to develop a sensible and sustainable alternative to the rejected Heathrow third runway and the unworkable fantasy Thames Estuary proposals.

“The Committee on Climate Change should have a key role in ensuring that any additional capacity proposed is entirely consistent with the target on reducing emissions set by the last government that the Coalition has so far refused to restate.”

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