Liberal Democrat MPs have reiterated that they are not willing to support efforts to add new runways at London airports.

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Liberal Democrat MPs have reiterated that they are not willing to support efforts to add new runways at London’s airports.

Party leaders said on Wednesday that instead of looking to expand Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports that the party was to sponsor a new strategy that will support aviation growth whilst taking environmental concerns into account. The party has said that it will ask its members to back the strategy at its upcoming yearly conference.

Reports have suggested that the new LibDem scheme will take the position that current efforts to expand aviation connectivity in the UK have been overly focused on airports in and around the capital. The party will argue that existing London and regional facilities can be better utilised to meet rising demand.

Meanwhile, London mayor Boris Johnson has said that ministers continue to “pussyfoot around” the issue after delaying the government aviation consultation whilst he continues to push the Thames Estuary airport plan. The mayor accused ministers this week of attempting to “long-grass” the capacity issue until after the next election but said doing so was simply “not realistic”.

The news comes amid signs that conservative leaders including chancellor George Osborne may u-turn on the issue amid increasing pressure from aviation figureheads and business leaders throughout the South East.

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