Commenting on the Environmental Audit Committee’s Report ‘Action on Air Quality’, London Assembly Labour Group Environment Spokesperson Murad Qureshi AM said:
"This report is a devastating indictment of a Mayor and Government who have failed to tackle one of London’s biggest environmental and public health challenges. Just last week we learnt that as many as 7,500 Londoners a year are dying prematurely as a result of air pollution, and reading this report, it is not difficult to see why.
“Having ignored this problem and blustered his way through for six years, this report finally debunks the Mayor’s claims to have cut air pollution. As a first step, the Mayor should invite boroughs to join an expanded Ultra Low Emission Zone instead of leaving outer London to suffer from his toxic legacy. Sticking to plans to exclude over half of London from the ULEZ would leave Boris’ record on air pollution even more discredited than it currently is.
“There can be no more hiding, spinning and veiled threats to scientists. This is Boris Johnson’s final opportunity to deliver a better air quality legacy before he heads off to Westminster.”