The partial suspension of collective cabinet responsibility strongly suggests the favoured proposal will be a third runway at Heathrow [Image: Steve Parsons/PA].

The partial suspension of collective cabinet responsibility strongly suggests the favoured proposal will be a third runway at Heathrow [Image: Steve Parsons/PA].

If you’re reading the following excerpt without thinking about Labour, you’ve got the wrong message.

Yes, it’s interesting that the debate over expansion of Heathrow, or Gatwick, or the creation of a new airport in the Thames estuary, will simmer on.

But the fact that Theresa May has suspended cabinet’s joint responsibility for decisions on this pours light on the choice by Labour opponents of Jeremy Corbyn not to demand a vote on support for Heathrow expansion.

How stupid would they look now, if they had gone ahead with their vote and then discovered that the prime minister had shied away from one, in the name of party unity?

Theresa May has retreated from holding a parliamentary vote on airport expansion this autumn after the government was warned that Tory MPs could resign their seats if ministers backed a third runway at Heathrow.

Two Conservative sources said Downing Street had been warned by whips that May could face resignations and byelections in seats that could be lost to the Liberal Democrats in south-west London.

The prime minister appeared to prepare the way for a decision in favour of expansion at Heathrow on Tuesday, as she revealed cabinet responsibility would be suspended for longstanding opponents of airport expansion in west London. This would allow Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, and Justine Greening, the education secretary, to carry on voicing dissent on behalf of their constituents.

Source: May puts Heathrow vote on hold to avoid Tory resignations | UK news | The Guardian
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