Arnold Schwarzenegger has thrown his support behind a Lewisham mother's fight for justice after her daughter's death was linked to air pollution.

The former governor of California and Hollywood star pledged to meet with Rosamund Kissi-Debrah, whose 9-year-old daughter Ella died from severe asthma in 2013.

Earlier this month, the Attorney General confirmed a fresh inquest would be conducted into the death following the emergence of new evidence pointing to high levels of air pollution in the local area.

In a Skype call arranged by BBC Breakfast, Mr Schwarzenegger, said: "I'm coming to London in January and just wanted to see if you want to get together?

"Air pollution kills seven million people around the world every year.

"The Governments around the world should acknowledge that, not look the other way.

"You just keep on fighting, you're like the Terminator."

Schoolgirl Ella, who lived 25 metres from the South Circular, one of the busiest roads in the capital, died after three years of repeated hospital visits.

She was first taken to hospital in 2010 after having a coughing fit and was subsequently admitted 27 times before her death.

A 2014 inquest found that she died from “acute respiratory failure”, but in May of this year the High Court ruled the death should be looked at again.

Ella’s family’s lawyers argued that the new evidence showed there was an “arguable failure” by the state in the execution of its duties under the European Convention on Human Rights, which protects right to life.

The inquest, which could take place in either November or December this year, is likely to last two weeks.