Road safety Parliamentarian of the Year awarded at Brake’s Annual Reception

News from Brake
Thursday, 7 June 2018
  • Judith Cummins MP announced as Brake and Direct Line Group’s Parliamentarian of the Year for road safety, 2017
  • Roads Minister Jesse Norman MP speaks at event honouring UK road safety campaigners
Brake, in partnership with Direct Line Group, has celebrated the achievements of road safety campaigners at the charity’s Annual Reception, held on Wednesday night in the Houses of Parliament.
Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, was honoured with the prestigious Brake and Direct Line Group Parliamentarian of the Year award for her unwavering commitment to road safety in 2017. Judith has been instrumental in the campaign for justice for road crash victims and has been tireless in her pursuit of safer roads in her Bradford constituency [1].
Brake’s Annual Reception saw hundreds of Brake supporters, volunteers and parliamentarians gather to celebrate the work of all who are involved in road safety in the UK, from community campaigners to national figureheads. Roads Minister, Jesse Norman MP, provided the event’s keynote remarks and Parliamentarian of the Year was presented by Paul Geddes, Chief Executive of Direct Line Group, sponsors of both the reception and the award.
Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Year, Judith Cummins MP, said:
“It’s a real honour to receive Brake’s Parliamentarian of the Year award. Since I first entered parliament in 2015, improving road safety and pushing for tougher punishments for driving offenders have been top priorities for me. The near daily stories in my local newspaper about dangerous driving attest to the fact this issue is as pressing as ever. Poor road safety is a huge issue in Bradford, but safer roads are something everyone in this country deserves.
“Brake do an excellent job of campaigning for safer roads and supporting bereaved families. I look forward to continuing to work with them to push for change.”
Roads Minister, Jesse Norman MP, said:
“The UK has some of the safest roads in the world and it is thanks to organisations like Brake that we continue to make progress. It was a pleasure to attend Brake’s annual reception and to recognise the achievements of all those who work tirelessly up and down the country to keep our roads safe."
Paul Geddes, Chief Executive, Direct Line Group, said:
"As Britain’s leading motor insurer, Direct Line Group has a responsibility to both our customers and to society to keep Britain’s roads safe. We have been a proud sponsor of this event since 2009 and during that time, across three different parliaments, much has changed, not only in how people drive but also how our roads are used today. I’m delighted that the Brake Annual Reception has become a staple of Parliamentary life thanks to the fantastic work of Brake and the championing of road safety by our Parliamentarians, together they are helping to make Britain’s roads safer.”
Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns for Brake, said:
“It is an absolute privilege to be with and honour all those who campaign for safer roads in the UK, from our local grassroots campaigners to parliamentarians and Ministers. Road safety affects us all and through the hard work of our fantastic supporters I know that we can achieve our vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries.”
“Judith’s award of road safety Parliamentarian of the Year for 2017 couldn’t be more deserving. She has been tireless in her campaigns for road safety and justice for road crash victims, both in her Bradford constituency and beyond. We look forward to working with Judith to deliver more positive road safety change in the future and to continue along our path to a world with zero road deaths and injuries.”
Notes to editors:
[1] Judith Cummins MP has been awarded with Brake and Direct Line Group’s Parliamentarian of the Year Award for 2017.
Judith received the award for her work on Brake’s campaign for justice for road crash victims “Roads to Justice”, which was successful in securing tougher sentences for drivers who kill on our roads (further information here).
Judith is also an active road safety campaigner in her Bradford South constituency working closely on the Telegraph and Argus “Danger Drivers” campaign and on the related “Operation Steerside” campaign run by West Yorkshire Police.
Judith was an active participant in Road Safety Week 2017 (organised annually by Brake). Judith coordinated local ward councillors, the council’s executive member for Road Safety, Local Council officers, the police and the local newspaper to join her at an accident hotspot to highlight the 2017 Road Safety Week message “Speed Down , Save Lives”. In December 2017 Judith’s work on road safety was recognised by the local Authority at their full council meeting, as part of a motion on road safety.
About Brake
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
About Direct Line Insurance Group plc
 Direct Line Group is headquartered in Bromley. Through its number of well known brands the Group offers a wide range of general insurance products to consumers. These brands include Direct Line, Churchill and Privilege. The Group also provides insurance services for third parties through its partnerships division, Direct Line Group Partnerships. In the commercial sector, the Group's NIG and Direct Line for Business operations offer insurance products for businesses distributed through brokers or direct, respectively.

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