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Southampton Airport expansion

Southampton Liberal Democrats recognise that the world is facing a climate emergency; unless urgent action is taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, the worst impacts of climate breakdown will follow, including severe damage to economies, societies and nature, the possible collapse of poor countries with weak governance most exposed to the impacts and a huge and permanent growth in the numbers of refugees fleeing their homes.

At our Conference in September, party members voted to place a moratorium on the development of new runways in the UK, as part of our efforts to make the UK carbon-neutral by 2045.

The extension of the runway at our local airport would see an increase in both the number of flights, and the size of the aircraft servicing the airport. This will only contribute further to our poor air quality.

We, the undersigned, believe that the protection of our local environment is of greatest importance, and therefore oppose the expansion of Southampton Airport.

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