Campaigners mark 6th anniversary of Cameron's No Third Runway promise

Mon, 19 Oct 2015
Today is the 6th anniversary of PM's famous 'No if, no buts, no 3rd runway' speech, and to remind him of his pledge, a few local campaigners landed a 'plane' outside the gates of Downing Street. Campaigners including Nic from Ealing Friends of the Earth and Maggie from Hounslow Friends of the Earth were spotted.

"Flying Dragon" plane outside Downing Street

Model plane outside Downing Street

Campaigners against Heathrow's third runway marked the 6th anniversary of David Cameron's No Ifs, No Buts, No Third Runway speech by taking a large model aircraft to Downing Street - just as they learned that the head of the Civil Service instructed Conservative not to make comments on the proposed third runway.

Margaret Thorburn, spokesperson for the campaigners said: 'Today's colourful stunt is a visible reminder to David Cameron of the promise he made on this day six years ago. If he breaks it, he will not be forgiven by tens of thousands of people in and around London and countless environmentalists across the country.'

On 19th October 2006 David Cameron, then leader of the opposition, made his now famous promise in a speech at a rally in Christ School in Richmond (2) saying 'The third runway at Heathrow is not going ahead, no ifs, no buts'.

When the Coalition Government came to power in 2010 it ruled out any new runways for the duration of that Parliament. But in 2012 it set up the Airports Commission, under Sir Howard Davies, to look at the case for new runways.


In July of this year the Commission recommended a third runway at Heathrow. The Prime Minister is announce the government's response to that recommendation by the end of the year.