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Bim Afolami, (Eton educated, son of a Nigerian born consultant in the NHS) recently elected Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, asserts that Luton Airport growth would be "Bedfordshire's gain - Hertfordshire's pain" in terms of noise and pollution.
Mr Afolamis' background before politics of being a lawyer with Freshfields and a bank executive with HSBC clearly does not, on the face of, show any deep and meaningful understanding of the aviation industry, but we could be proved wrong.
The airport, owned by Luton Borough Council, which has seen its revenues slashed by Westminster, published its growth plan in December.
However, Transport Minister Paul Maynard said that the airport was already "actively engaged" in local consultation.
Mr Maynard told the debate: "We recognise that those who live closest to airports bear a particular burden of the costs."
Campaign group LADACAN claims aircraft noise has increased tenfold since 2013, and it "badly affects nearby towns and villages".
Commenting Luton Borough Council chief executive, Trevor Holden, said expansion at the airport would bring significant economic benefits: "The impact on our local economy and community is huge - not just in Luton, not just in Bedfordshire, Bucks and Hertfordshire,".
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