Labour 'gearing up to ditch support for Heathrow expansion'

Reports that the Labour Party's leadership 'is gearing up to vote against plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport' feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Financial Times (subscription required) reports that "senior figures in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s camp" have told it "that he and his high-ranking colleagues are almost certain to oppose Heathrow’s third runway proposal when it comes to a Commons vote". The newspaper says that a Commons vote on Heathrow expansion is expected to take place in the first half of next year.

An article in the Financial Times (subscription required), by Julian Glover, "a former transport special adviser to the UK government and director of the 2017 Wolfson Economics Prize", calls for "better planning" to boost infrastructure delivery. Glover says that infrastructure delivery in the UK is hampered by "tangled bodies" which "sit on top of a mass of local confusion".

The Telegraph reports that the former chief executive of British Airways has claimed a third runway at Heathrow could be built for "substantially less" than the £17.5 billion figure being proposed by the airport. The newspaper says that Rod Eddington "is a senior adviser on a rival plan for the airport’s expansion, and has predicted the third runway could be built for just £10 billion".

The Guardian reports that protesters against the the High Speed Two rail link "have joined clergy in a memorial service to mark the impending exhumation of 60,000 bodies and the felling of 100 century-old trees around Euston station in London". The newspaper says that the service "was held behind construction hoardings in St James’ Gardens, a former cemetery, that has been sealed off for station development to serve the £55.7 billion HS2 high-speed rail network."

The Guardian reports that the transport secretary has been accused of an "abdication of responsibility" after "telling the north of England to sort out its own transport problems". The newspaper says that Chris Grayling angered business and political leaders in the region by writing an article for the Yorkshire Post saying "the success of northern transport depends on the north itself".

The Telegraph reports that the Home Office "has ordered an official review of Britain's immigration figures after new exit checks at the borders found there may be fewer immigrants in the country than previously thought". The newspaper says that the government will reveal today "that new border checks introduced last year found 97 percent of international students - one of the biggest groups of immigrants - left after finishing their studies".

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