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Shadow transport minister Michael Dugher

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SHADOW transport secretary Michael Dugher has claimed the government is not acting quickly enough in its attempts to help reopen Manston airport.

The MP for Barnsley East was in Ramsgate this afternoon (Thursday) to visit the campaign office of South Thanet Labour candidate Will Scobie.

Mr Dugher said: “The government say they are looking at this, they do need to get on with it because I do not think that uncertainty and the perpetual delays are helping things.

“I think they have been too slow, I think this could be a critical component in getting jobs and growth to the area.

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“First of all, we have got to get on with the decision and help find people who can come in and make this airport a success in the future.

“Secondly, it is really important that local residents have a big say, after all it is their area and it will be their airport.”

Transport minister John Hayes will visit the airport site this evening, when a rally is held by campaigners to mark a year since the announcement Manston would close.

The event will also be attended by representatives from RiverOak, the US firm interested in reopening the airport by becoming Thanet council’s partner in a compulsory purchase of the site.

The Department for Transport is searching for a consultant to review papers the consortium submitted to the council when it was rejected as a potential indemnity partner in December.

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