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Baroness warns over Islington pollution

August 22, 2011 10:47 AM

An Islington-based MEP has issued a stark warning over dangerous levels of air pollution - which experts say are killing hundreds in the borough each year.

Baroness Sarah Ludford, Liberal Democrat MEP for London, who lives in Islington, spoke out after the European Union decided to take no action despite London exceeding its legal limits for dangerous airborne particles.

The former Islington councillor said: "It's like the UK's bad air 'criminal record' is being wiped clean, but from now on there is no reprieve."

"London has no choice but to meet the EU's strict air quality standards for this dangerous pollution that causes asthma, heart disease, lung cancer and premature death."

The Gazette revealed in February that experts estimate up to 250 people in Islington are dying early every year because of air pollution.

(This article was published in the Islington Gazette on Monday, August 1st, 2011)