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UK: Businesses break ranks to lobby against new Heathrow runway

Date: 4 May 2009

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A group of senior business leaders have broken the business consensus in favour of airport expansion to oppose the government's plans for a third runway at Heathrow on environmental grounds.

Leading figures such as Ian Cheshire, CEO of Kingfisher, Russell Chambers of Credit Suisse, Justin King CEO of Sainsbury and Charles Dunstone of Carphone Warehouse, have signed an open letter calling on the government to reconsider its plans.

Previously, organised business lobby groups such as the CBI had supported plans for a new runway on the grounds of the benefits to business. The group said it had been prompted to act by the need to show that there were members of the business community that were opposed, rather than to allow the assumption to be that all businesses must be in favour.

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