Rumbles: SNP Heathrow policy is "unmitigated embarrassment"

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today said that the SNP's policy towards the expansion of Heathrow is an unmitigated embarrassment as he pressed the government over a memorandum of understanding signed by former Economy Secretary Keith Brown in October 2016.

Speaking outside the Scottish Parliament chamber, Mr Rumbles said:

"Keith Brown announced that he had "engaged extensively" with Heathrow, signed a memorandum of understanding and talked up the deal for two years. Then SNP MPs abstained.

"The SNP should have opposed Heathrow expansion from the start because it flies a jumbo jet through our climate change commitments and funnels more people and money to the South East.

"Instead, the Scottish Government is in a total muddle. Led by Keith Brown, it blundered into this saga. We were told the economic guarantees from Heathrow - not the UK Government - were in the bank and trumped any and all environmental concerns.

"This sorry saga is an unmitigated embarrassment for this government."

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