Where's Boris? Foreign Secretary disappears as Heathrow vote looms
Despite proclaiming that he would lie down in front of bulldozers to stop the expansion of Heathrow airport, the foreign secretary Boris Johnson has disappeared off the map, citing a diary clash for the reason he will abstain on tonight's vote.
Yesterday, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told reporters: "I have no idea where Boris is. I have genuinely no idea where Boris is."
Johnson told the Evening Standard: "My resignation would have achieved absolutely nothing."
But Tory backbencher Stephen Crabb said Boris would "need to look his constituents in the eye and explain where he was" during tonight's vote.
Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "If he is unable to be present, then we have to ask the question what on Earth is he doing and who is he representing?
"And his chaos and confusion surrounding the EU negotiations and constant differences of opinion with the Government.
"You really ask the question, why is he still there?"
Although the foreign office has refused to comment on where Mr Johnson is travelling to, citing 'security concerns', Afghan media had been reporting that Boris is expected to be to Kabul to meet with the Afghan government.
Boris isn't the only Tory politician in trouble over past statements on Heathrow, with Prime Minister Theresa May deleting a pledge on her website from 2009 that stated that: "Theresa May is firmly against plans to build a third runway... Local people will be devastated by the Government’s decision to proceed".
The expansion of Heathrow airport was first proposed over ten years ago in 2006, in order to increase the air capacity in London. It was initially opposed by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, who dropped the plans under the Coalition government in 2010.
However the idea was revived during David Cameron's second term, with the government promising over 100,000 jobs will be created as the result of the 'economic boost' the runway will provide.
Tonight's vote is widely expected to be in favour of expansion, with the Conservatives under a three-line whip in support, and the SNP expected to either support the proposal or abstain.