Aircraft owner Grant Shapps lobbies against his own government’s plan to built on private runways

Grant Shapps: he’s not stranger to controversy. Check out the businesses he ran under his pseudonyms Michael Green, Sebastian Fox and Corinne Stockheath.

The Transport Secretary of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government is spending public money paying private lobbyists to argue against his own government’s plans to build on aircraft runways that are privately-owned, it has been alleged.

The reason? The government minister concerned – Grant Shapps – is the owner of a private aircraft, and also of a private runway.

The allegations are made in a Times article hidden behind a paywall:

So that’s all the information we have. Alok Sharma was certainly being cagey about it when Andrew Marr interviewed him:

The issue is clear: government policy is to build houses on land currently occupied by the runways used by owners of private planes.

Shapps is paying private lobbyists to try to get the government – of which he is Transport Secretary – to change this policy. He is using public – government – money to fund this activity.

So the government is paying your money to fund opposition to its own policy.

It has been said before but could it ever be more clear?

These Tories really do think it’s one rule for them and another for the rest of us.

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3 thoughts on “Aircraft owner Grant Shapps lobbies against his own government’s plan to built on private runways

  1. Hecuba

    Yet another instance of fascist tories hysterically uttering ‘don’t build in our backyards but we can build in your backyards and on your public land!’

    Grant Shapps is another mundane fascist tory who enacts his belief that our public money is his personal money to be spent on protecting his private land from being used to build houses!

    Grant Shapps should be sacked because he has conflicting interests – oh wait he’s another puppet of fascist little dictator duck johnson so he will be protected as long as he is useful to duck johnson!

    Corrupt little england??? Of course not – just good business practices being undertaken by the corrupt and criminal fascist tory gang!

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