A little girl’s death from air pollution must lead to cleaner air to protect vulnerable groups including young people and workers, say campaigners.

Clean air plans are not happening fast enough, explained the mother of Ella, a nine-year-old girl who has become the first person in the UK to have air pollution named as the direct cause of her death.

Deputy Coroner Philip Barlow ruled after the two-week inquest ended on Friday 18 December, that “air pollution was a significant contributory factor to both the induction and exacerbation of her asthma”.

He concluded: “Ella died of asthma contributed to by exposure to excessive air pollution.”

Ella lived just 25 metres from the South Circular in South London, and she died in February 2013.

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