Say what you like about Boris, he certainly knows how to unite people across party lines:
"SOUTHEND councillors are being asked to unite in condemning London mayor Boris Johnson’s suggestion of major new airport in the Thames Estuary."
That would be staunchly Conservative Southend-on-Sea of course. Must be the local Labour lot causing trouble?
"Labour group leader David Norman and his deputy, Judith McMahon, have put forward a motion to the council, expressing their concern about Mr Johnson’s suggested alternative to expansion at Heathrow.
Thought so. Surely the Conservative leader will deliver a slap-down?
"Council leader Nigel Holdcroft said: “I have said it before in the past and I will say it again I simply do not believe a scheme like this would be feasible. I am certainly not going to get worked up about it until I see some concrete plans which could actually work.”
I wouldn't hold your breath on that one Nigel.
Working against the boroughs
Now the fact that a Council within the Thames Gateway opposes the airport is not big news.
In fact you have to go a long way up the river (Greenwich as it happens) before you can find anybody who will speak up for the plans.
But with the sound of cross-party, local and county-wide opposition continuing to grow, just for how much longer can Boris Johnson pose as the listening Mayor.