LOCAL MP Angela Rayner has joined forces with other MPs across Parliament to counter diesel engine fumes in the fight for clean air.
It follows a report from the Royal College of Physicians which found that air pollution from toxic diesel fumes causes 40,000 premature deaths every year and leads to multiple health effects including foetal underdevelopment.
Angela attended a key Parliamentary meeting hosted by Geraint Davies MP, in which scientific experts from King’s College London and the Royal College of Physicians gave evidence on the level of air pollution in the UK and the Government’s failures.
Industry experts are offering a cleaner alternative to diesel, and a company that has developed emissions-detecting laser technology.
Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, said: “I have spoken to many people in Ashton-under-Lyne who are concerned about local air quality levels and the effect of diesel emissions on their children’s health.
"This is not just a London problem. As diesel cars have risen in popularity, it is time to consider cleaner alternatives to dirty fuels, and to fight for our air to be cleaned up.
"I am pleased to support Geraint Davies MP’s Air Quality Bill, which contains key provisions for local authority transport systems, clean air zones, fair emissions testing and fiscal policy.”
Geraint Davies MP said: “It is a pleasure to work with Angela on this important issue.
"Air pollution is killing thousands of people early and costing our economy £20 billion each year.
"The Government has recently been taken to court by Client Earth over its failure to act sufficiently on air pollution to meet EU air quality standards, at the cost of lives and public health.
"My Air Quality Bill makes key recommendations which the Government should implement, and I look forward to working with Angela Rayner on this in the future.”