Search to see how your MP voted on Heathrow airport expansion

The Court of Appeal has defeated Heathrow Airport's plans for a third runway – a decision you can read an explanation of here.

Today's decision essentially reverses a vote that MPs held in 2018.

After years of dither, MPs backed expanding Heathrow airport in a crunch vote for Theresa May in the summer of that year – by a thumping majority of 296 (415-119).

Shameless Boris Johnson was mocked by Tory MPs after scuttling 3,500 miles to Afghanistan to dodge the crucial vote.

Tory MPs were whipped to back the plan, Labour MPs were granted a free vote and the SNP were whipped to abstain.

But how did your MP vote? Search using the widget below to find out.

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How Tory MPs voted on Heathrow expansion

Tory MPs were told – 'whipped' – to back expansion.

Any Tory MP who did not back expansion had to rebel, and if they were a minister, resign.

In the end there were just eight Tory rebels – Adam Afriye, David Amess, Bob Blackman, Zac Goldsmith, Justine Greening, Greg Hands, Matthew Offord and Theresa Villiers. All of them have seats on or near the flight path.

How Labour MPs voted on Heathrow expansion

Labour's policy was against expanding Heathrow, because the airport plan did not meet four 'tests' on issues like the environment.

But MPs were given a free vote – and the party was split down the middle.

119 Labour MPs voted for expansion including shadow Cabinet ministers Jon Ashworth, John Healey, Angela Rayner and Ian Lavery.

94 voted against expansion including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell.

How SNP MPs voted on Heathrow expansion

The SNP was thought to back expansion, but ended up abstaining.

"There is a lack of detail on how this will be delivered and we are concerned that warm words ahead of the vote may not be matched with action," a spokesman said.


The Lib Dems and Greens voted against, and the DUP voted for.

What does 'did not vote' mean?

It means an MP was not present for the vote, but there can be many reasons.

The first is that they chose not to vote deliberately – this is called abstaining.

This can be because they don't support a Bill, but don't want to be disciplined for voting directly against it.

Or it can be because they are genuinely torn – they can't support a Bill, but don't want to be on record either way.

The second is if they are ill, or "paired" to an MP on the opposite side of the House who cannot attend due to illness.

There are others but this pretty much covers it.

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