Half of Tory leadership hopefuls commit to tougher clean air rules

Three out of the six Conservative leadership candidates have pledged to bring in legally binding air quality targets if they become prime minister.

Current environment secretary Michael Gove, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, and international development secretary Rory Stewart all committed to introducing the targets in  their first Queen’s Speech if elected.

The government’s current clean air strategy, outlined by DEFRA in January, sets out plans to reduce the number of people living in areas where levels exceed WHO guidelines by 50% by 2025.

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