Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has strongly criticised the Government further delaying a decision on airport expansion for another six months.
It is widely expected that later today the Prime Minister will defer a decision on whether or not to give the go ahead for a new runway at Heathrow until after the London mayoral elections.
Wayne David said, “It is absolutely disgraceful that the Prime Minister is delaying a decision for crude party political reasons. The decision is being delayed because the Conservative party is deeply divided on this issue. I believe that the go ahead should be given immediately for a new runway at Heathrow. This is vital for Wales as an expanded Heathrow is essential for the future development of the Welsh economy, as well as being needed for the success of Britain’s economy as a whole”.
It has been estimated that 85% of the new manufacturing jobs which an expanded Heathrow would generate would be created outside of London and the South East. Up to 6,000 of these manufacturing jobs would be in Wales.
In total, an expanded Heathrow is expected to lead to the creation of around 8,400 new Welsh jobs and is estimated to benefit the Welsh economy by £6.2 billion.