London mayor Boris Johnson has criticised prime minister David Cameron’s decision to switch Justine Greening from transport secretary to international development secretary, claiming it shows the government’s intent to expand Heathrow airport.
Johnson said Greening had been a “first rate transport secretary” and the only reason she has been removed was because of her opposition to Heathrow expansion.
“Now it is clear that the government wants to ditch its promises and send yet more planes over central London,” said Johnson in a statement. “It is simply mad to build a new runway in the middle of west London.”
Johnson vowed to fight any Heathrow expansion “all the way”. He reiterated his support for a new four runway airport “preferably to the east of London” instead of expanding Heathrow.