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Goodbye. on the BBC News Channel,

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Campaigners for cleaner air say London is in the grip of a health

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emergency and are urging ALL political parties

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Our Environment Correspondent, Tom Edwards reports on how

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the parties are reacting, realising it's an issue

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A community in Kennington demanding action on bad air.

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My name is Aoife, I'm seven years old...

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They want all parties to sign their Clean Air pledge.

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I want to try and clean up the pollution in the air

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so when I get older I won't have lung disease or problems

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There needs to be a Clean Air agenda.

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We can't continue like this, this is a killer.

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We are pretending it's not there because you can't see it,

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ARCHIVE: Here is the main source of atmospheric pollution.

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The last big political intervention on air quality

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The Clean Air Act banned coal after the great smog,

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There are now calls for new legislation to tackle

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About 50% of nitrogen dioxide is due to road traffic.

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The mayor says he can deal with about half of that

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with his ultralow emission zone where the polluter pays,

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but he'll need help from whoever is elected here to deal

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Children here at the Royal Brompton see the impact of London's high

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levels of pollution, especially nitrogen dioxide.

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These doctors want action and this week,

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took their message to Downing Street.

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It is about changing the fleet, removing the vehicle fleet,

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removing the vehicles that are most polluting, particularly

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In Kennington, the Women's Equality Party, the Greens,

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the Liberal Democrats and Labour all pledge to clean up pollution.

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We really do want to see a diesel scrappage scheme because we think

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getting diesel cars off our roads is the most important thing we can

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do to improve the air quality, particularly in London,

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particularly in places like Kennington.

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The running that Siddique Khan has done in London with higher emission

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zones and his toxicity charge have two now become national and that's

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As we got rid of smog in the past, we need to do with this and it needs

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We do need a diesel scrappage scheme, and you know who should pay?

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The car-makers should pay because they are the ones

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who cheated on the standards we established at a European level.

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The Conservatives didn't attend this event, they say they would only

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charge diesel drivers as a last resort.

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The real public health issues are in areas,

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our main cities where there are particular problems.

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That's where we should be focusing our effort.

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We don't want to see a national programme of penalising motorists.

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Clean air campaigners say London is now in the grip of a health

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emergency and say all parties should make tackling it a priority.

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So Tom, what differences can you detect between the parties so far?

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We haven't got the manifestos, but you can see some key differences on

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how they will get behaviour change, get people out of older, more

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polluting diesels. Labour said they could charge older diesels entering

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areas. That is a shift away from the policy of the previous Conservative

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mayor, Boris Johnson. What is also involved, and that is the courts,

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and the environmental lawyers have taken the government to court on a

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number of occasions over clean air already. They have said we will have

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to oblige the government to do things and not ask them. So it is

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feasible but courts could shape air-quality whoever wins. Tom

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Edwards, thank you very much. Meanwhile, the Green

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Party has launched its The party is putting

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up 67 candidates here and are campaigning to oppose

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spending cuts and a "hard" Brexit. The Royal College of Nursing says

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London is facing record numbers A Freedom of Information request

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to London's NHS Trusts, shows vacancies have risen by 20%

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over two years. The 12,000 unfilled posts are said

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to reflect "the worst ever shortage of nurses,

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London has seen". From the GP practice right

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through to theatres, to intensive care, to community,

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to mental health trusts, if you don't have registered

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nurses in post that deliver over 90% of the care to patients and clients,

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then that is going to have a very Well, the Conservative Party says

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there are thousands more nurses Labour describes the figures

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as "terrible news", claiming Brexit Now the weather foreast for the

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start of the week, with Elizabeth. Sunshine will be in rather

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short supply tomorrow, but it will still be mild

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and there'll be some rain A fairly bright start

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to the day, ten or 11 Celsius. The cloud will thicken

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from the West, we'll get some rain but most of it will tend to be quite

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light and patchy along with a fairly Temperatures still up

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to 17 degrees though. But not as muggy and warm

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as it will be on Tuesday. It should stay dry but there will be

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a lot of cloud around. I'm back on BBC One after the

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British Academy Television Awards. Good evening. Nice sunny Sunday for

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most today. Couple of showers, but

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