Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Campaign against air pollution

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Anneliese has welcomed the launch of the Labour Party's campaign against air pollution which is currently the biggest public health risk after smoking. 

It is now estimated that 29,000 people die prematurely in the UK each year because of poor air pollution in our towns and cities - including more than 4,000 in the South East.

Labour's spokesperson for the Environment, Maria Eagle MP, has today announced that that the next Labour Government will deliver a national framework for Low Emission Zones to enable local authorities to encourage cleaner, greener, less-polluting vehicles to begin to tackle this problem.

Over the past year Anneliese travelled across the South East to highlight this important public health issue and has led a campaign against the Coalitions' proposals to remove obligations on local government to run air quality monitoring stations.

Anneliese said: "The Coalition's approach to our air quality is totally unacceptable. We have the right to breathe clean air and they have a legal duty to protect us from air pollution. Their policies are putting our public health at risk and they are needlessly wasting public money in fines for failing to meet minimum standard levels. The British public deserve better.

"I strongly welcome today's announcement that the next Labour government will further empower local councils to combat the growing problem of poor air quality."

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