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Mayor failing to tackle silent killer


June 5th, 2014

Mayor of London Boris Johnson must drastically improve his approach to tackling air pollution, Labour Group Environment Spokesperson Murad Qureshi AM urged today. Today submissions to the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry on air quality closes. Murad Qureshi has challenged the Mayor’s failure to improve air quality in London, which causes over 4,000 deaths a year in the capital.

The Mayor is due to appear before the Parliamentary Committee in September. Mr Qureshi has highlighted the Mayor’s failure to tackle poor air quality.

He also pressed the Mayor to bring forward the implementation of a new Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2020 to an earlier date, retro-fit all 8,000 of London’s buses to the latest European standard, and to support a co-ordinated approach to reducing ground emissions around Heathrow in order to further reduce pollution across London.

Commenting on the Committee’s inquiry, London Assembly Labour Group Environment Spokesperson Murad Qureshi AM said:

“London should lead the way on tackling the major challenges large cities face. One of the main problems is the scandal that over 4,000 people die prematurely every year in London due to poor air quality. It is shameful that the Mayor has failed to tackle air pollution in his six years in office.

“Air pollution is a silent killer, and Boris’ failure to get a grip of this problem is lamentable. Despite having been in office since 2008 Boris Johnson has an inexcusable record on tackling a problem which he acknowledges is one of the top environmental concerns of Londoners. The end result is Londoners suffering some of the worst air pollution of any capital city in Europe.”

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