Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has called for Parliament to urgently debate how government can ‘get to grips’ with worsening air pollution in the UK’s towns and cities, after a study has shown that that toxic air is now responsible for 1.6 million more early deaths around the world than smoking.
Ms Jardine has two of the most polluted roads in Scotland in her constituency, and last summer launched a clean air petition for low emission zones to be extended from Edinburgh city centre.
On Thursday, Ms Jardine brought the results of the study to the House of Commons, as she challenged the Leader of the House to allow time to debate the matter.
Ms Jardine commented:
“It is terrifying to think that toxic air is now a bigger killer than smoking. All levels of government, in all parts of the UK, must now take responsibility for tackling toxic emissions.
“I will keep raising this issue in Parliament until serious action is taken. I will also be working with community representatives and city councillors to drastically reduce emissions in Edinburgh West.
“I hope that I never have to read out such a horrifying statistic on the floor of the house again.’