Stephen met with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) at this year’s Labour Party Conference in Brighton to discuss the need for urgent action to clean up the nation’s air.
Every year in the UK, air pollution is responsible for 11,000 heart and circulatory deaths. Fine particles are inhaled as we breathe and then enter the bloodstream, where they can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. The UK currently subscribes to EU legal limits on these particles, but the limits are not as strict as the guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), which the BHF is calling for the UK Government to adopt.
Speaking after the meeting, Stephen said: ‘I agree that air pollution is a grave public health concern and urgent action needs to be taken to clean up the nation’s air. Adopting the WHO’s guidelines is an important step in the right direction in achieving this goal, and I will continue to work with the BHF to ensure this is a priority for the Government’.