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A controversial plan to boost the UK's economy with a new runway at Heathrow has been overwhelmingly backed by MPs

But it's still years away - and will face legal battles from a group of councils and green groups.

There's concern hundreds of homes will have to be demolished, and a 12-lane section of the M25 put in a tunnel.

But the airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye says it'll help get cargo and people around the UK more quickly.

His company says a vote allowing it to expand will create 900 jobs in the next year alone.

The government is behind them, insisting Europe's busiest airport needs to grow to help the entire UK economy post-Brexit.

But transport secretary and Epsom MP Chris Grayling affirms they'll be enforcing strict environmental rules.

Boris Johnson promised to oppose Heathrow expansion when he was elected as an MP in 2015.

But the foreign secretary missed last night's vote because he was away in Afghanistan.

Anti-expansion voices came from other parties too.

93 Labour MPs followed Jeremy Corbyn in voting against the runway.

Among them was Hayes MP John Mcdonnell, who thinks expansion will become an “iconic, totemic battleground of climate change”.

Meanwhile, Lib Dem leader and Twickenham MP Vince Cable questioned Heathrow’s competence in “managing the kind of risky project that is now envisioned”.
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