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Campaigners for cleaner air say London is in the grip

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of a health 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 that

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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 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 Sadiq Khan has done in London with higher emission

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zones and his toxicity charge have to 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 of

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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 any difference in the ways the parties are handling it? I think

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you can detect differences in how they'll get the behaviour change and

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get people out of the older, more polluting Decemberles. Labour seem

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to say they'll charge the older Decemberles to go into more polluted

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area. Conservatives say they will only do that as a last resort. I

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have to say campaigners are describing that approach as

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ineffective. Another issue is the courts are involved in all of this

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protest due to environmental lawyers taking the Government to court on a

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number of occasions over this issue. Their founder said recently they are

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going to have to oblige the Government to do things, not ask

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them. It is feasible that the courts could create the pollution policy,

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whoever wins this election. It will be interesting to see what

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happens. In other news, a teenager has died

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after a mass brawl in Enfield last night where he was stabbed. A man

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was stabbed and killed also in daylight in east London, the latest

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victim was 18. Two other teenagers were taken to hospital but their

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injuries are believed not to be life threatening.

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Tomorrow's weather and rain will spread in from

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It'll die out a bit by the afternoon but it'll still be

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cloudy with the temperature reaching 17 Celsius.

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That's it from the BBC London weekend team.

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Monday is looking damp not whet for most. Not as lovely as Sunday. This

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picture sent in. Lovely conditions. This is where the weather is coming

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from off the Atlantic and the will he pressure that swung in from quite

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far south. This is where the air is coming from. It'll be quite warm

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with the rain. The rain most of the time won't be heavy but across the

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hills, particularly around western Britain it will be heavy. Here it

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is, through the early hours of the morning, into the south-west, Wales,

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moving into Northern Ireland, and western parts of Scotland. At this

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