Award for group’s transport report

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A GROUP of activists has been recognised by a national body for its work.

The Sunderland and Washington branch of the Conservative Policy Forum (CPF) submitted a report to the forum about the issues of bus fares, cycle paths and parking in Sunderland.

The paper was described as being “insightful and challenging” and the group was told its conclusions would be passed on to government ministers.

CPF branch group leader, Martin Talbot, said: “You don’t have to be a member of the Conservative Party or have a history in politics, you just have to care about local issues.”

The award was presented by Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton, who said: “This shows that Conservatives in Sunderland and across the North East are making a real difference and influencing policies in the interest of our region.

“It is great that Sunderland Conservatives are doing such a good job.”

The group will next meet at the end of June to discuss the justice system and victims of crime.

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