Pro-expansion supporters staged a mass demonstration last Saturday to mark one year since the Davies Commission recommended the expansion of Heathrow, including the construction of a new, third runway.

The rally, which was held at Kempton Park racecourse in Sunbury-on-Thames, attracted over a hundred people and was organised by campaign group Back Heathrow. Local residents and their families called on the government and the UK’s next Prime Minster to back Heathrow expansion following the ‘Brexit’ vote. Speakers at the rally included John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport, community groups and senior representatives of Unite the union.

Sending a message of support, Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West, said: “Given the current economic uncertainty and lack of a clear plan from the government, a decision to expand Heathrow would send a strong message that Britain is open for business. It would be madness to turn our backs on thousands of jobs and apprenticeships at this vital time for our country, a view clearly shared by many residents living near Heathrow.”

Joe McGowan, Lead Aviation Officer for Unite the Union, said: “The benefits of expansion at Heathrow will be felt in every corner of the country. A new runway will deliver massive investment in skills, training and jobs, providing a huge boost to local communities which is a key reason why Unite is backing Heathrow to grow.”

Rob Gray, Campaign Director for Back Heathrow, said: “More residents living near Heathrow support rather than oppose expansion. This rally is powerful, living proof that the next Prime Minister can give a new runway the green light, secure in the knowledge that the decision will be welcomed by the majority in local communities and around the UK. It’s time to back Heathrow.”

Concerns are growing over another delay to the government’s response to the airports commission’s findings, the latest being the fallout from the 23 June EU referendum in which England and Wales voted to leave the European Union. The decision has split the UK, with Scotland and Northern Ireland voting to remain within the EU.