Theresa May was badly advised on 'absurd' Heathrow expansion, says former transport minister Steve Norris

Theresa May was badly advised on 'absurd' Heathrow expansion following government figures revelation, says former transport minister Steve Norris

Theresa May

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Theresa May has been "badly advised" on her decision to expand Heathrow Airport, says Conservative politician Steve Norris. 

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday that her government was going to back the expansion of the major hub by building a third runway at the airport. Since then, she's had to deal with the high-profile resignation of Zac Goldsmith and the public disapproval of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. 

Today (Thursday), government figures revealed that the financial benefits of expanding Heathrow may have been overstated by up to £86bn. 

Steve Norris, the former Transport Minister under the premiership of John Major who has long been against expanding Heathrow, claims this is proof the Prime Minister was badly advised over her decision to back the west London airport in an interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Norris also described the decision to expand Heathrow rather than its main rival in the south-east, Gatwick, as "absurd."

Listen to the interview above.