Boris’s bad news for Londoners’ health buried under foot of snow

Murad Qureshi, Labour’s environmental spokesman on the London Assembly, has criticised Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend phase three of London’s Low Emissions Zone as "fatally bad news" for public health.

Murad Qureshi said: "It is shameful, but no big surprise, that Boris Johnson has attempted to bury his bad news under today’s snow. London’s air quality is already the worst in the UK and is responsible for over 1,000 deaths a year – more than are killed on our roads.

"Londoners will simply not believe that the Mayor is serious about improving the environment they live in while he continues to take such regressive decisions; decisions that are fatally bad for their health.

"I hope that the Mayor will look again at this and consider options like a mini low emissions zones on the London’s most polluted roads. These are just the kind of issues we will be looking at on Wednesday when the environment committee meets."

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