Thursday, 16 January 2014

Stephen Metcalfe MP slams UKIP for Thames Estuary Airport support

Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has criticised UKIP for trying to re-write history after they deleted their 2010 manifesto which expressed their commitment to building a major new Thames Estuary airport.

The manifesto, which has now gone missing from the UKIP website, stated their opposition to the expansion of Heathrow, Stansted, and Gatwick “in favour of a major new Hong Kong-style Thames Estuary airport with motorway connections and a high-speed rail service to London, the UK and the Continent.

The manifesto also stressed their support for a high speed railway linking the south and the north – a position they now oppose since the announcement of HS2.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “As I have stressed on numerous occasions, the Thames Estuary is not the place for a new airport and the fact that UKIP support this idea just demonstrates that they do not understand the wider views of the people in South Basildon and East Thurrock.” 

“UKIP have shown that they are inconsistent and opportunistic this is just more evidence that they do not have a set of cohesive policies to deal with the challenges facing the country.”