Minister's threat over third runway



Britain’s transport minister has said she would probably resign if the government gave in to pressure to expand London’s Heathrow airport.

Prime minister David Cameron’s government has ruled out building a third runway at Heathrow before the next election, in part to appease the Liberal Democrats, but the issue has returned to the agenda with the economy still stuck in recession.

Government insiders say Mr Cameron and chancellor George Osborne have an open mind on expanding Heathrow but that they were unlikely to reverse their policy before the election, due in 2015.

Transport secretary Justine Greening was responding on BBC radio to comments by a fellow Conservative, goading Mr Cameron to approve the new runway. – (Reuters)