John Leech MP won Parliamentarian of the Year 2008 - National Campaigner

nationalcampaigner2008John Leech MP received the ‘National Campaigner’ award for his work to save child pedestrian lives by introducing a Ten Minute Rule Bill calling for a default speed limit of 20mph in urban areas. In addition to introducing this potentially life-saving Bill, which was lost due to timetabling, John has helped push the issue up the Parliamentary agenda by tabling numerous Parliamentary Questions on child road safety. The question of whether there should be a 20mph default urban speed limit has now become a public debate. John has also lobbied for improved support for victims of road crashes through Parliamentary Questions and has been committed to helping stop young driver deaths and injuries. As an active member of the Transport Select Committee, he was involved with its Novice Driver Inquiry and has been driving forward the Committee’s recommendations for a more structured driving test by tabling an EDM calling on the Government to prioritise the issue. John has also pushed road safety issues such as the effectiveness of speed cameras, and the need for well-lit motorways, in debates, and has supported road safety campaigns through press work.

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