Neil delivered the keynote address at Policy-UK Forum's event on Improving Air Quality in Our Towns and Cities.
As Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, Neil was asked to speak on the role of the Government in helping to tackle air pollution issues in British cities, which cause up to 50,000 deaths early deaths per year. He then took a 10 minute Q&A from
"It was a great event with plenty of good questions on how we tackle this serious problem. The Government has lost twice in the courts on its failure to get toxic emissions down. We need rapid action on Clean Air Zones, Electric Vehicles and getting the dirtiest diesels off our roads to reduce our nitrogen dioxide levels. Clean air should be a right, not a privilege. My Committee will continue to hold the Government to account on this issue."