UK election 2015 aviation impact: Extended 5,000 word report

A surprise UK election result augurs well for Heathrow’s runway proposals but poses more questions than answers about Scotland and the English regions

This report attempts to set the 07-May-2015 UK General Election result and its implications for aviation in the UK within the context of the wider administrative, economic and social ramifications of that result, which saw the Conservative Party win a surprise outright victory at the expense of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties in particular, with the leaders of both of those parties immediately resigning. The result means that the Conservatives, led by David Cameron, will probably be able to govern with a slender overall majority and independent of other parties for another full fixed term of five years though that is not absolutely certain. Meanwhile, in Scotland, which voted as an aspiring independent country might be expected to, the three main ‘English’ parties were annihilated, with almost every seat going to the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP).

While it is still early days the vote will probably be a much-needed fillip for Heathrow Airport’s hopes of building a third runway while Scotland might consider that starting to build its own unique aviation system as Ireland has done might be better than continuing its support for Heathrow as it edges closer to independence.


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