Despite disquiet amongst a number of tory backbenches the Government today ruled out a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
tbg. can also exclusively reveal that had the go-ahead been given for a third runway then Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith would have resigned his seat, forced a by-election and re-stood as an Independent.
Nick Clegg said that it wasn't a case of "sticking our heads in the sand" over the current aviation debate.
However, former President of the National Conservative Convention Charles Barwell told tbg. - "Heathrow is a tired airport in the wrong place strangling west London and snarling up the road network."
"The bold best option is not a third runway at Heathrow but rather a four runway 'Boris Island' in the Thames Estuary linked to HS1 and partially funded by the sale of Heathrow for development."
Rumour doing the rounds tonight that Transport Secretary Justine Greening threatened to resign too.