Thank you to all those who contacted me regarding the Clean Air Bill, also known as Ella’s Law.
The death of Ella Kissi-Debrah was a tragedy and serves as an important reminder of the commitment we must all show to having clean air.
I admire the tireless campaigning led by Ella’s mother, Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, to have air pollution recognised as Ella’s cause of death and to improve air quality for people in Lewisham East and across the country.
I have been glad to join Rosamund on a number of occasions, including at a Clean Air Fair which I organised in Catford last year, to support efforts for cleaner air.
Last November, I joined Rosamund at a school in my constituency as Mayor Sadiq Khan announced plans to extend the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone and improve air quality across Greater London.
In January this year, I joined Rosamund in Parliament in support of Ella’s Law. We all have a right to breathe clean air and I urge the Government to support the Bill.
Due to my role on the Opposition frontbench, I am not permitted to sign Early Day Motions, including the EDM in support of Ella’s Law. I will, however, continue to monitor the progress of Ella’s Law in Parliament and call on the Government to take action to improve our air quality.