Julia on Zac Goldsmith Heathrow resignation: 'Principles are easy when you've got £200m in the bank'

Julia on Zac Goldsmith Heathrow resignation: 'Principles are easy when you've got £200m in the bank'

Zac Goldsmith

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Zac Goldsmith may have earned national acclaim for his decision to resign as an MP in the wake of the government's decision to back Heathrow Airport, but Julia Hartley-Brewer believes we shouldn't rush to fawn over him.

The government announced yesterday that it was going to back expansion at Heathrow Airport by building a third runway. Goldsmith, who has long campaigned against this, resigned his Richmond Park seat in protest. 

He will now stand in the by-election as an independent candidate, but he has been praised for keeping his promise that he made in his election campaign last year.

Speaking to the leader of Richmond Council, Lord Nicholas True, on her show this morning, Julia said of Goldsmith: "It's easy to be principled when you've got £200 million in the bank."

True wasn't impressed with the comments, calling them "very harsh" and suggesting Goldsmith "doesn't need to come forward and do a life of public service."

Listen to the interview above.