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Rift opens at top of Tory party over Heathrow expansion plan
Senior party figures rebel and say they will oppose building a new runway at the airport

The foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, and the London mayor, Boris Johnson, will refuse to support their own partys policy on airport expansion at the next election, potentially opening a rift at the top of the Conservative party.

Ahead of a final round of public consultations on how to meet demand for extra capacity, which will begin within days, both Hammond and Johnson have told constituents they will strongly oppose the building of a third runway at Heathrow one of three options being considered by an independent commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies.

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