The following motion was moved by Simon Court and carried by members at a General meeting of the CLP on 18th August 2017.
Britain needs government leadership and a strategic plan to tackle the air quality public health emergency which, according to the Royal College of Physicians, is responsible for 40,000 early deaths each year.
Conference notes that:
- The government, after dithering and delay, published a draft Clean Air Plan on 5th May which is woefully weak and leaves thousands exposed to toxic pollution.
- The UK has an obligation to meet EU air quality standards and has failed to keep within these limits.
- The Government has abandoned rail electrification projects across the country, discarding the environmental benefits of electric trains and increasing reliance on polluting diesels.
Conference condemns government failure to act to keep within EU limits on pollutants, particularly nitrogen dioxide, which is produced by burning fossil fuels, particularly by diesel engines, and is linked to a range of respiratory diseases including asthma.
Conference calls for a future Labour government to:
make rapid progress in lowering emissions in city centres by developing a Clean Air Plan which introduces Clean Air Zones across the UK and supports Local Councils as they implement local plans.
commit to reverse the Government’s cuts to rail electrification projects to secure economic and environmental benefits.
There were 5 motions debated and carried by members at the 18th Auguist 2017 general meeting. As our CLP can only submit one for debate at annual conference members present at the meeting were ballotted to chose one motion from the five agreed. The outcome of that ballot was that the Brexit motion, not this one was chosen by members to go forward to 2017 Annual Conference.