Responding to new research from King’s College London showing that nearly 10,000 Londoners will die prematurely each year as a result of air pollution, Labour’s London Assembly Environment Spokesperson Murad Qureshi AM said:
“This research demonstrates that air pollution is one of the most serious public health emergencies facing London. Despite almost 10,000 Londoners dying every year, the Mayor has dithered and delayed when it comes to tackling our toxic air.
“It’s time for the Mayor to get serious about air quality, that means expanding the proposed ultra-low emissions zone and allowing London boroughs to opt in should they wish. It should be an indisputable right to breathe clean air, not an option extra as the Mayor is currently treating it.”