Ed Davey showed MPs he was among those suffering the effects of "very high" air pollution levels during Energy Secretary's Questions today.
The Energy Secretary whipped out his blue inhaler following a question on pollution, saying, "I'm sorry he is suffering, I can show him that I am suffering too".
He went on to say, "Air pollution is a very serious issue ... we take it very seriously."
Higher numbers of complaints about breathing difficulties are thought to have been brought on by record pollution levels in recent days.
Air pollution in the east of England reached the top of the scale as a 'perfect storm' of conditions blanketed parts of the country.
Our region is one of the worst-affected by "very high" levels of air pollution today, with much of the East stuck under a cloud of smog.