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Nights Flights Rally

October 25, 2005

A large rally against night flights took place at Westminster Central Hall on 24th Oct. It was timed to coincide with the government’s deliberations on the night flights regime at the three London airports.

A large rally took place at Westminster Central Hall on 24th Oct. It was organised by campaigners at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and was timed to coincide with the government’s deliberations on the night flights regime at these three airports.

The rally was a great success. Over 400 people attended and no less than 18 MPs spoke as well as local councillors and members of the Greater London Authority.

There was a great display of unity and the MPs made much of this being a cross-party issue. However, it did not escape notice that two MPs would said they supported local residents had in fact a voted in Parliament remove allow restrictions on night flights to be removed (see previous story on the Civil Aviation Bill). Those MPs were Ann Keen and Martin Linton.

The MPs who spoke were are as follows. Those who voted in favour of more flights in Parliament are highlighted in red. Those who did not vote for or against are shown in amber (they could have abstained or been absent from the debate).

Vincent Cable (Twickenham, LibDem)
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park, LibDem)
John McDonnnell (Hayes & Harlington, Lab)
Ann Keen (Brentford & Isleworth, Lab)
Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham, Con)
John Randall (Uxbridge, Con)
Tim Yeo (South Suffolk, Con)
Alan Duncan (Mid Bedfordshire, Con)
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall, Lab)
Peter Ainsworth (Mid Surrey, Con)
Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford)
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington, LibDem)
Justine Greening (Putney, Con)
Brooks Newmark (Braintree, Con)
Lynne Featherstone (Finchley, LibDem)
Adam Afryie (Windsor, Con)
Martin Linton (Battersea, Lab)