Parliamentarian of the year?
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 10:17
Sadiq has been short listed by Brake, the national road safety charity, for their Parliamentarian of the year award, for his work in improving road safety in Tooting.
In June Sadiq was named Brake’s Parliamentarian of the Month for his work in improving road safety around local schools. He was the first London MP to win the award.
Sadiq’s Safer Streets campaign has seen him working closely with parents, teachers and local councillors to improve road safety around a number of schools in Tooting. The campaign led to significant improvements to the roads around five primary schools in Tooting; Sellincourt Primary School, Fircroft Primary School, Gatton Primary School, Furzedown Primary School and Ravenstone Primary School.
Since then Sadiq has worked to extend his safer streets campaign by writing to all local primary schools and has lobbied Wandsworth Council about road safety issues on Southcroft Road and Burntwood Lane.
Brake is the UK’s largest charity solely devoted to road safety. Its main aims are to prevent death and injury on the roads through education of all road users and campaigning for improvements to road safety and to care for people who are bereaved or affected by serious injury in a road crash through support services.
Cathy Keeler, head of campaigns at Brake said, “Brake is delighted to recognise Sadiq Khan MP’s work in improving road safety for the children of Tooting. It is great that Sadiq is working with his local community to address road danger concerns by lobbying for safety measures that could prevent a child being killed or seriously injured.”
Judy Clark, acting Headteacher at Sellincourt Primary School said,
“We are very pleased with the work Sadiq has been doing. The children and parents have all noticed an improvement already. It is great to see more and more children walking to school each day thanks to the campaign.”
Sadiq , “I am honoured to be considered for this award.
“Unfortunately, we have had tragic cases in Tooting where schoolchildren have been killed or injured as a result of being hit by cars on our roads.
“These are all preventable accidents.
“As part of my campaign I invited schools to join Brake’s ‘Walking Bus Challenge’ which encourages children to walk to school. I am pleased that more and more residents in Tooting are choosing to walk, but our streets must be safe for them to use.
“I will continue to work hard to make Tooting’s streets more pedestrian friendly and safer to use, so children can walk to school safely.”
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