Labour Cities Cleaning Up Our Air

SERA - Labour's Environment Campaign with UK100

LOCATION The Dome Room, Hotel du Vin, Ship St, Brighton, BN1 1AD (A four minute walk from the conference centre)
DATE Monday 23 September
TIME 16:30 - 17:30

Refreshments provided

*This event takes place outside the secure zone, and is therefore accessible to all, including those without a conference pass*



  • CHAIR - Melanie Smallman, SERA Co-Chair
  • Polly Billington, Director, UK100
  • Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool
  • Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney
  • Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

We are facing a public health crisis. Air pollution is limiting the health and wellbeing of our communities and increasing the long-term burden of disease on the NHS at a huge cost to the UK economy. Over 70 million people are projected to be living in the UK by 2030, 92% in towns and cities, surrounded by the dirtiest air. The poorest are the worst affected, so this is a social justice issue. Local leadership is essential: national action equally so.

Cleaner, better and cheaper public transport, smarter ways of delivering freight, sharing cleaner vehicles and designing in active travel options are just some of the solutions already available to tackle this health challenge. Without the right powers and resources, local authorities are limited in how much they can protect the citizens they serve.

Your experience of tackling this challenge in your city will be vital in creating a wider understanding of what needs to be done to tackle air pollution across the country. We envisage the conversation will enable us to explore the solutions you are developing, how you identify allies and innovative solutions and crucially discuss how to finance the shift we need. We would also like to discuss the importance of your leadership in this to create the conditions for change, building public consent and support, and how we protect the most vulnerable from the dirtiest air.

What does successful business and community engagement to reduce dirty air look like? What are the economic opportunities that come with cleaning up our air? Can the vanguard for clean air also tackle our Climate Emergency? What powers and support do we need from central government to make this a reality? 

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