'Let Bradford Breathe' Says Green Party

They've launched a campaign to tackle air pollution in the city.

A campaign to tackle air pollution called 'Let Bradford Breathe' has been launched by the Green Party.

Their deputy leader Amelia Womack has been in the city this week to kick off the initiative.

In February, the High Court ruled that the Government’s current plans to tackle air pollution are unlawful because they do not go far enough to tackle the crisis.

The World Health Organisation links air pollution to heart attacks, strokes, asthma and underdeveloped lungs in children. It has also been linked to Alzheimer’s Disease.

Matt Edwards, spokesperson for Bradford Green Party, said:

“Not enough is being done to tackle this problem. The main political parties are in denial about the air pollution crisis.

“Most air pollution in urban areas is from road transport, but instead of trying to get traffic off our roads, The Conservatives and Labour want to build even more roads.

“Kirklees Council has just approved a business park in Bierley which will send HGVs right past Woodlands Primary School – there is no joined up thinking.

“Last week, Bradford Council were celebrating retrofitting a few hundred buses when other major cities have had hybrid technology for nearly a decade. Bradford is being left behind."

Amelia also spoke to young people from across the district about the importance of them getting involved in the political process – not just by voting – but by standing in elections themselves.

In 2014, Amelia was elected as the youngest ever deputy leader of a political party in the UK and she was re-elected in September 2016.

She spoke to students at Bradford College about what it is to be a woman in politics and how she became one of the youngest deputy leaders ever.

She also visited Speaker’s Corner in the city centre to meet young activists and talk about the importance of young people being engaged in the political process.


Our reporter Edward Breslin spoke to the Green Party's deputy leader Amelia Womack when she visited Bradford...

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