On May 2nd 2018, the APPG on Air Pollution held an Extraordinary General Meeting as Matthew Pennycook MP announced he would be stepping down from the role of Chair.
After a ballot, Geraint Davies MP, Labour MP for Swansea West, was elected as the new Chair of the Group.
“I am absolutely delighted to be elected the new chair of the APPG for Air Pollution. Toxic emissions cause 40,000 early deaths each year, and the Government has been taken to court for failing to meet air quality standards. The case for urgent change is overwhelming.
I previously authored the Clean Air Bill to be re-published in June as a blueprint for action. Meanwhile I’m working with MPs from across the Council of Europe and with the devolved administrations on gathering best practice. The Royal College of Physicians supports the Bill.
We won’t let Brexit become a vehicle to dumb down standards or an excuse to evade responsibility. We all have a right to clean Air and the APPG exists to hold the Government to account on air pollution, drawing on expertise from research and industry.”
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, Green, was also elected as a Vice-Chair.