Not flying high: Theresa May facing Heathrow struggle

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing an uphill battle to try to get spades in the ground for a third runway at Heathrow.
Although the green light has now been given, in theory, for the newest runway, the decision has led to a huge war of words in the Conservative party.
The move has been welcomed by business leaders and trade unions who have been pushing for years for an extra runway, highlighting the economic benefits it could bring to UK Plc.
However, Zac Goldsmith, who was the defeated Tory mayoral candidate for London said he was so appalled by the decision that he was tendering his resignation and would be refighting his seat in Richmond Park as an independent candidate
His opinionated stance means Mrs May now faces a tough by-election just weeks after stepping into the top job.
It may be that the Tories decide not to even put a candidate up for the seat, where voters voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the European Union.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is also not sticking to the party line after being handed special permission by Mrs May to talk about the issue for a limited period only. He said he was very much against the continued expansion of Heathrow, and said he both hoped and predicted that it “will be stopped”.
However, controversial figure Mr Johnson did not outline such a hardline stance as he has previously stated. He once said he would lie down in front of bulldozers along with protestors to stop the construction of a third runway at Heathrow.
The Foreign Secretary said he strongly believed that the third runway plans would get so “snarled up” in legal arguments that they would never become a reality.
A legal challenge is already planned by four Tory-run local authorities, who instructed their lawyers well in advance of this latest decision to work with environmental campaign group Greenpeace to prepare a strong case against the new runway.
It is not the first time this alliance has worked together, Back in 2010, they scored victory at the High Court over plans by the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown to expand the airport, which sits in west London.
Embarrassingly for Mrs May, one of the local authorities involved in the battle against the third runway is her own local council of Windsor and Maidenhead.