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NORTH COUNCILS OPPOSE AIRPORT SELL-OFFS

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A backbench bill to privatise council-run airports at Newcastle and Teeside, proposed by Conservative Langbaurgh MP...
A backbench bill to privatise council-run airports at Newcastle and Teeside, proposed by Conservative Langbaurgh MP Michael Bates, has created opposition in the region, reports The Journal (p15).

The bill, which is due to be debated in the Commons today, proposes that Teeside airport - jointly owned by Durham and Cleveland county councils - and Newcastle airport - owned by the five Tyne & Wear councils and Northumberland and Durham county councils - should be sold off for multi-million pounds sums.

Mr Bates argues this would provide investment for the airports and make money available for roads and schools in the region.

If the bill succeeds it could spark the sell-off of all other council-owned airports, the paper reports. Even if fails it could push the government into outlining its own privatisation plans.
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