Government under pressure to stop Leeds Bradford airport expansion

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Critics say plan would wreck efforts to tackle climate crisis and undermine UK credibility ahead of Cop26

The government is under growing pressure to halt a proposed expansion of Leeds Bradford airport, which critics say would wreck efforts to tackle the ecological crisis and undermine the government’s credibility ahead of a key climate conference later this year.

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The expansion plans, which would support an increase in passengers from 4 to 7 million people a year by 2030, were given conditional approval by Leeds city council earlier this month despite widespread opposition from local MPs, residents and environmental groups.

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