ITV Report 25 June 2018 at 1:50pm Boris Johnson has defended his decision to miss a crucial Commons vote on Heathrow expansion, saying his resignation from the Government would achieve “absolutely nothing”.The Foreign Secretary faced widespread derision after he chose to be out of the country on official business on Monday despite his long-standing opposition to a third runway.His absence meant he was able to avoid a choice between voting against Heathrow expansion on a three-line whip, which would have meant quitting as Foreign Secretary, or supporting the Government in order to keep his job. Sorry, this content isn’t available on your device. In an open letter to constituents in his west London seat, quoted in the Evening Standard, he said: “My resignation would have achieved absolutely nothing.”The Foreign Office confirmed Mr Johnson was travelling overseas, his destination was not announced in advance on “security grounds”.“He is not in the country. He is travelling,” a spokeswoman said. Sorry, this content isn’t available on your device. Jeremy Corbyn poured scorn on his decision to stay away, despite his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency lying under the Heathrow flight path and his past promise to “lie down in front of those bulldozers”… Read full this story
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