Conservatives split over London Low Emission Zone

Conservative London Assembly Member James Cleverly has (not so cleverly) shown a lack of homework in his blog post discussing Boris Johnson’s intention to suspend the third phase of the Low Emission Zone:

Boris has taken the right decision to hold off with LEZ phase three. Its effectiveness is not known…

He said that there is “no evidence” that the Low Emission Zone improves air quality.

That’s not what Boris said in a press statement on February 2nd:

Although the Low Emission Zone has been successful in tackling the worst polluters, and will continue to play an important role, it is not the right time to press ahead with extending it to include smaller vehicles like vans and minibuses.

Following a meeting of the Environment Committee, which heard expert witnesses highlight the harm that air pollution has on the health of Londoners, Mike Tuffrey (Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly) said,

London’s air quality is the worst in the UK and one of the worst of Europe’s capital cities. London’s air pollution is an invisible silent killer of more than 1,000 people each year – a figure five times higher than the number of Londoners killed through traffic accidents.  Just because the pollution is rarely visible we cannot stand by and pretend the problem does not exist.

Cleverly claims that the costs to small businesses, were LEZ phase three to go ahead, “would have sent many of them to the wall.”   At present London’s air quality harms both the economy and Londoners’ health, through huge medical bills and other costs such as absenteeism, which affect businesses.

Cleverly is a member of the Environment Committee and was there when it heard evidence showing that the lungs of some children in London were prematurely stunted by the air quality in parts of London.  Is he discounting this evidence?  Does he disagree with the Mayor?

I wonder how this squares with James Cleverly’s role as Ambassador for Young People in London?

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in London and News.
Advert

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarMichael BG 8th Jul - 1:21am
    Peter Martin, Malcolm Torry is aware of the issue of changing behaviour. On page 13 he wrote, “Microsimulation research of this nature always has its...
  • User AvatarMichael BG 8th Jul - 12:59am
    Joe Bourke, According to the Social Metrics Commission “4.5 million people (7% of the population) in the UK now live in the deepest form of...
  • User AvatarTom Harney 7th Jul - 11:33pm
    As far as attainment by children the highest correlation is with parental income. Poor children have the worst outcomes. The reasons are not hard to...
  • User AvatarJoe Bourke 7th Jul - 11:30pm
    The Church Times has published a call for Universal Basic Income The time for a Universal Basic Income is ripe " Modelling by the RSA...
  • User AvatarGlenn 7th Jul - 10:50pm
    Noncomformistradical That is true of any illness. It suggest better sick pay and better health provision. What it does not suggest is stopping people without...
  • User AvatarNonconformistradical 7th Jul - 10:20pm
    @Glenn "it’s all been a wrongheaded hysterical political fad to combat a virus that is simply not the threat it was made out to be."...