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Huppert named MP of the Month for cycling safety campaign

March 20, 2012 10:04 AM

Politicians and journalists have voted Julian Huppert MP of the Month for his fight to improve cycling safety.

Julian took the title in the leading national political magazine, Total Politics after he joined the Times "Cities Fit for Cycling" campaign and turned it into a successful parliamentary campaign.

The magazine is read by 23,000 MPs, MEPs, peers, political journalists and members of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies and Councils.

Julian's efforts in raising the issue of cycling safety were praised by Transport Minister, Norman Baker which helped him to clinch the title.

Total Politics Editor, Ben Duckworth told readers that Julian received numerous nominations after he led his Westminster Hall debate on cycling safety - one of the best attended ever.

"When you get a minister thanking you, you know you've done well and can push for further progress," he said. "The cycling campaign is not over yet, but for his popular support, Julian Huppert is our MP of the Month."

Now Julian is asking for a meeting with Prime Minister, David Cameron to follow up on the debate after he gave his support in the Commons recently.

Julian said: "I am delighted to win this title for a campaign which is so important to cyclists across the country. This was clearly demonstrated by the attendance at the debate and the number of cyclists who turned up to the rally beforehand.

"But this is only the beginning. There is so much more that needs to be done if we are to protect cyclists and encourage others to see cycling as a viable means of transport.

"Cycling brings so many benefits and I will continue to push our government to invest in cycling infrastructure and safety measures to make it safer."