Leeds MP Greg Mulholland has been praised for his road safety campaigning work.
Awards recognising the contributions of parliamentarians in tackling devastating road crashes and casualties were presented by road safety charity Brake at its annual reception at the Houses of Parliament last night, sponsored by Direct Line Group.**
Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, received the National Campaigner Award for his work campaigning for automatic licence suspension for drivers who have killed or are caught at twice the drink-drive limit. The campaign was launched by the family of Jamie Still, who was killed by a drink driver in January 2011, working alongside Greg and Brake.
After the driver who killed Jamie was allowed to keep his licence for eight months before the case came to trial, Jamie’s 13 year old sister Rebecca created a petition and a website calling for a change in the law. The petition has been signed by more than 13,000 people.
Inspired by and working alongside Jamie’s family, Greg asked the Prime Minister to change the law, to which David Cameron responded by agreeing it was an issue for consideration. Greg met then justice minister Crispin Blunt, and secured a debate in parliament to persuade the government to include provisions on bail conditions for those charged with dangerous or careless driving.