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Campaigners for cleaner air say London is in the grip of a health
emergency and are urging ALL political parties
Our Environment Correspondent, Tom Edwards reports on how
the parties are reacting, realising it's an issue
A community in Kennington demanding action on bad air.
My name is Aoife, I'm seven years old...
They want all parties to sign their Clean Air pledge.
I want to try and clean up the pollution in the air
so when I get older I won't have lung disease or problems
There needs to be a Clean Air agenda.
We can't continue like this, this is a killer.
We are pretending it's not there because you can't see it,
ARCHIVE: Here is the main source of atmospheric pollution.
The last big political intervention on air quality
The Clean Air Act banned coal after the great smog,
There are now calls for new legislation to tackle
About 50% of nitrogen dioxide is due to road traffic.
The mayor says he can deal with about half of that
with his ultralow emission zone where the polluter pays,
but he'll need help from whoever is elected here to deal
Children here at the Royal Brompton see the impact of London's high
levels of pollution, especially nitrogen dioxide.
These doctors want action and this week,
took their message to Downing Street.
It is about changing the fleet, removing the vehicle fleet,
removing the vehicles that are most polluting, particularly
In Kennington, the Women's Equality Party, the Greens,
the Liberal Democrats and Labour all pledge to clean up pollution.
We really do want to see a diesel scrappage scheme because we think
getting diesel cars off our roads is the most important thing we can
do to improve the air quality, particularly in London,
particularly in places like Kennington.
The running that Siddique Khan has done in London with higher emission
zones and his toxicity charge have two now become national and that's
As we got rid of smog in the past, we need to do with this and it needs
We do need a diesel scrappage scheme, and you know who should pay?
The car-makers should pay because they are the ones
who cheated on the standards we established at a European level.
The Conservatives didn't attend this event, they say they would only
charge diesel drivers as a last resort.
The real public health issues are in areas,
our main cities where there are particular problems.
That's where we should be focusing our effort.
We don't want to see a national programme of penalising motorists.
Clean air campaigners say London is now in the grip of a health
emergency and say all parties should make tackling it a priority.
So Tom, what differences can you detect between the parties so far?
We haven't got the manifestos, but you can see some key differences on
how they will get behaviour change, get people out of older, more
polluting diesels. Labour said they could charge older diesels entering
areas. That is a shift away from the policy of the previous Conservative
mayor, Boris Johnson. What is also involved, and that is the courts,
and the environmental lawyers have taken the government to court on a
number of occasions over clean air already. They have said we will have
to oblige the government to do things and not ask them. So it is
feasible but courts could shape air-quality whoever wins. Tom
Edwards, thank you very much. Meanwhile, the Green
Party has launched its The party is putting
up 67 candidates here and are campaigning to oppose
spending cuts and a "hard" Brexit. The Royal College of Nursing says
London is facing record numbers A Freedom of Information request
to London's NHS Trusts, shows vacancies have risen by 20%
over two years. The 12,000 unfilled posts are said
to reflect "the worst ever shortage of nurses,
London has seen". From the GP practice right
through to theatres, to intensive care, to community,
to mental health trusts, if you don't have registered
nurses in post that deliver over 90% of the care to patients and clients,
then that is going to have a very Well, the Conservative Party says
there are thousands more nurses Labour describes the figures
as "terrible news", claiming Brexit Now the weather foreast for the
start of the week, with Elizabeth. Sunshine will be in rather
short supply tomorrow, but it will still be mild
and there'll be some rain A fairly bright start
to the day, ten or 11 Celsius. The cloud will thicken
from the West, we'll get some rain but most of it will tend to be quite
light and patchy along with a fairly Temperatures still up
to 17 degrees though. But not as muggy and warm
as it will be on Tuesday. It should stay dry but there will be
a lot of cloud around. I'm back on BBC One after the
British Academy Television Awards. Good evening. Nice sunny Sunday for
most today. Couple of showers, but