It was a tough day for the government yesterday, not the least the mauling they got over Heathrow’s 3rd runway. They scraped a majority of 19 and saw 28 Labour MPs rebel in the course of a Tory debate on the third runway at Heathrow.
Local Labour MP, Andrew Slaughter (Ealing Acton & Shepherd’s Bush), resigned his PPS job (unpaid junior ministerial aide) in the morning and later in the day Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma did the same thing so that they could vote against the government. Well done to both.
Ealing North MP, Stephen Pound, was not so brave. He chose to no show. No doubt a bit of tummy ache or dodgy curry on Tuesday night. Hope it is nothing more serious Stephen. Get well soon.
The notorious “Mr and Mrs Expenses” from neighbouring Feltham & Heston to the west (Mr Alan) and Brentford & Isleworth to the south (Mrs Ann) both managed to vote in favour of the third runway. I guess that Mrs Expenses was protecting her ministerial job as a junior health minister but apparently Mr Expenses didn’t want to vote in favour of a Tory motion as a matter of principle. Yeah! Right.