Seema has kept a close eye on developments at Heathrow Airport ever since she was elected. Her very first speech in the Commons was on the Civil Aviation Bill.
Seema says: "Local people are right to be concerned over the government's dithering on Heathrow expansion. The Davies report published in July last year. The government said they would respond by Christmas. At Christmas they delayed a response to July this year. That is unacceptable.
Heathrow Airport is enormously important to the local economy of Feltham & Heston. 16% of my working age constituents are directly employed at the Airport and many more have their livelihoods connected to it in some way.
We need to find ways in which we can harvest the gains for the local economy, but also deal with the "bad neighbour" effects of aircraft noise, air pollution and congestion. Labour called for the Davies Report as a cross party study to get the best expertise on how to achieve that. The Commission came up with a serious and detailed answer. The government should have given a proper considered response months ago and removed the uncertainty for so many local residents and businesses."