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Tenacious Jim's flight of fancy

By Tony Grew

Published 06/03/2013

Full marks to Jim Shannon for tenacity. The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, was answering a question on the sale of Stansted airport when the Strangford MP sought to intervene.

 Speaker Bercow warned his question must be "exclusively on the matter of Stansted airport". Mr Shannon said: "The sale of any airport in the United Kingdom, for example, Belfast International Airport, alongside Stansted airport, would cause uncertainty to the workers." The Speaker replied: "I fear I was too generous."

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