One of the more eye-catching moves in David Cameron’s reshuffle of early September was the removal of Justine Greening as Transport Secretary. She was long known to be an opponent of the highly controversial ‘Third Runway’ at Heathrow – and this is an issue which has long divided the Conservative party (and indeed, others.)
In Kremlinology, it is also an issue which clearly divides the PM from some of the more obvious rivals inside his own party, notably Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. ‘BoJo’ enjoyed a PR filled Olympics and is another longtime opponent of the new runway at Heathrow. He, instead favours a revival of the old interwar project to build a wholesale new airport off the North Kent coast in the Thames Estuary. Nowadays this idea is known as ‘Boris Island.’
Updated: 6th August 2014. Boris Johnson the mayor of London announces he plans to return to parliament as an MP.
Updated 1st July 2015. The Davies Commission recommends expansion and a third runway at Heathrow.