SPAA meets with the Conservatives

SPAA meets with the Conservatives

The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association has forged links with the Tory party.

SPAA spokesman Sandy MacPherson and secretary Alisdair Tannahill spent more than an hour last week in a meeting with shadow secretary of state for transport Theresa Villiers.

MacPherson said the key points of discussion during the meeting were the third runway at Heathrow, Air Passenger Duty and the £1 protection scheme.

He added: “It went very well, we made a number of points to her in terms of our support of the third runway at Heathrow. We tried hard to point out the benefits of the third runway for the Scottish traveller.”

MacPherson said although Villiers, in line with Conservative party policy, doesn’t support the runway she listened to the arguments for it while she also accepted concerns over Scottish travellers being hit particularly badly by the increase in Air Passenger Duty.

He added: “Political lobbying is a long process and we have to keep chipping away at it, we’ve been at it for two or three years now and that’s a long time.”


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