Conservatives In Heath Row

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 109 months ago
Conservatives In Heath Row

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... that'll be 'row' as in ruckus or bust-up, rather than a hark back to the area's original name. A front-line Tory MP has caused consternation among the Bullingdon set by suggesting the Conservatives would revisit their oppostion to a third runway at Heathrow airport once in power. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, the party's go-to guy on international trade and development, let the gaffe slip in a letter to a constituent, but later confirmed that he was not speaking speaking directly about Tory policy and "did not intend" to suggest that it would be ditched in the overwhelming likelihood of David Cameron becoming PM. Shadow Transport Secretary Theresa Villiers also re-iterated the official line, and well she might — this is the party of cycling (despite the dangers) and home wind turbines, don't you know? At least until Dave moves into No.10, that is, when the great Bonfire of the Campaign Promises can begin. He'll be able to get some tips from Boris Johnson on that.

Last Updated 23 July 2009