Patrons of the Association of British Drivers — in alphabetical order:
Steve Baker MP   Godfrey Bloom MEP   Karl McCartney MP   David Morris MP   Cllr Glenys Roberts   Sammy Wilson MP  

PATRON
Steve Baker MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for Wycombe

Steve Baker MP

Steve Baker was elected MP for Wycombe within three years of entering politics out of sheer fury with the inadequacies of our political system. He is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the High Performance Club and Motorcycle Action Group. Steve drives a Saab 9-5 Aero and his wife's Civic Type-R. He rides a KTM 950 Supermoto, having owned a number of sports and trail motorcycles from a Suzuki TS125X to a BMW K1200S. He is a member of Parliament's Transport Committee.

Speaking in Committee, Steve has advocated, amongst other things: Steve is delighted to become a Patron of the ABD

PATRON
Godfrey Bloom MEP
Member of the European ‘Parliament’ for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

Godfrey Bloom MEP

“For many years I have become uncomfortable with the lack of basic understanding of road safety concepts. Politicians generally understand very little about anything. They have no formal training, have to re-seek office regularly, they knee jerk reaction to problems originally often of their own making. Honesty is usually a bar to re-election. Masterly inactivity is alien to the politician`s creed. He must be seen to ‘do something’, however idiotic.

Road safety problems manifest this phenomenon particularly. Activity is always cost based. It is the nature of the beast. So government gets rid of the highly trained and motivated British traffic policeman, acknowledged to be the best in the world, because they were deemed too expensive. Not only are cameras on sticks cheaper, they actually make money. This enormous scam, equalled only by wind turbines, is a political dynamic allowed to flourish by astonishingly lazy journalism. Well, this sort of thing is a reflection of modern society.

However, infinitely more alarming, is that the police have now bought into the scam. Local politicians and policeman of senior rank have no training in interpreting statistics. They are therefore prey to every camera (snake oil) salesman that comes up their drive. They will glaze over if you talk of regression to the mean, or the implications of a Simpson`s paradox. In short you can sell them anything. Resources therefore go to the wrong place. The speed awareness lecturers read from flawed scripts to bewildered middle England drivers who were ‘nicked’ for doing 34mph in a 30mph district, and blackmailed into handing over cash to avoid a potentially damaging licence endorsement.

These lectures should be given (with a better script) to lower sixth form children one year away from their first car. Young men still kill themselves in appalling numbers while their parents waste half the day listening to the drone of the classroom bore who means well but understands nothing.

I have ploughed an independent field on this subject, with little success, as middle England morale is now so low they respond to almost nothing save the dinner gong.

The Alliance of British Drivers have given me fresh hope. Their expertise is enormous and in depth. They and a few others are joining the fight back for motorists against the money grabbing establishment, fake charities and fellow travellers. I am proud to be a patron. ”

Mr Bloom is a member of the European ‘Parliament’ for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. He is an ex HGV licence holder, British Army competition driver, has a clean licence and 45 year no claim discount! He is as a retired investment banker highly knowledgeable about statistics and their misuse.


PATRON
Karl McCartney MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for Lincoln

Karl McCartney MP
Karl (left) pictured with the ABD's Brian Mooney.
Karl was born in Birkenhead in 1968, lived on the Wirral and was educated at Birkenhead School for Boys and Neston High School. He then lived in Reading before starting his first degree in geography at St David's College, Lampeter, where he was student union president and captained the Welsh Universities' football team.

Karl started his full time working life in London in 1992 where he worked in various roles including in the City of London.
He completed his second degree, an MBA, at Kingston University Business School in 1999, and specialised as a Management Consultant for a number of clients and agencies since then. Karl has been a Councillor, a school governor at various schools, and a magistrate since 1999.

Karl moved to Lincolnshire after being selected to fight the Lincoln seat in 2004, and reduced the Labour majority with one of the largest swings in the Country. Five years later a swing of nearly 6 per cent saw him take the seat of Lincoln back from Labour after thirteen years, at his second attempt in 2010.

As a keen driver, classic car enthusiast and being well aware of the importance of transport infrastructure, one of the issues that Karl is passionate about is car insurance and uninsured drivers.
He recently undertook a survey on his website, asking his constituents for their views on whether fines in the county are high enough for those caught and prosecuted for driving an uninsured vehicle. He has also raised this issue in Parliament on a number of occasions and wants to see offenders receive more proportional penalties.

Karl is married with two sons, likes cooking, all sports, fell-walking and classic cars, including owning a 1959 Land Rover.

PATRON
David Morris MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for Morecambe & Lunesdale

David Morris MP

I am delighted to have been appointed by the Association of British Drivers as patron. Since I was elected as the MP for Morecambe & Lunesdale in May of last year, I have been working hard to get a better deal for motorists and to improve the transport infrastructure in my constituency.

I drive a 1989 Nissan 300 ZX which I have had from new. In fact I bought it when I was a songwriter. Rusty, my car is my pride and joy. My enthusiasm for cars has also meant that I have been appointed to the all-party Parliamentary classic car group. One of my constituents, Peter Yates, is a Rolls-Royce collector and has Morecambe's most famous son's car — Eric Morecambe's Rolls Royce, which he is currently restoring. I hope that one day it will be on show in the Eric Morecambe Museum that I'm campaigning to open.

There are so many issues facing the modern motorist. Undoubtedly fuel pricing is the biggest issue for all of us at the moment. When I see Mums and Dads at the pump filling ordinary family cars and it costs £60 or more, this is the alarm bell that says we must do something. However, I hasten to add that it was the former Labour Government's last legacy to us as well as the huge deficit.

Recently, I tabled a Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to introduce a fuel stabiliser. I believe this would be a step in the right direction and would provide certainty in fuel prices. Take for example the hauliers in Morecambe & Lunesdale. Over the last few years it has been impossible for them to predict the price of fuel from one week to the next. If you don't know what your overheads are, it's virtually impossible to work out your haulage price and make a profit. Recently the Chancellor said that he will look at this and I suspect we will know more when the budget is delivered later this month.

I also am an avid viewer of Top Gear. I can remember Jeremy Clarkson suggesting that the speed limit should be fixed to speed cameras. This I think would assist motorists to know the speed limit and would ensure that cameras are there 'if appropriate' to advise and save lives, not as revenue machines. These thoughts were tabled as a Parliamentary motion in January which I hope has met with Mr. Clarkson`s approval.

For those who are not familiar with the geographical location of my constituency, Morecambe & Lunesdale is in North Lancashire on the North West coast. There are so many amazing places to see such as Sunderland Point, the Eric Morecambe Statue and the Lune Valley, which is one of the most beautiful areas of countryside you will ever see. In recent years, the difficulty motorists have experienced is that in order to drive into the constituency drivers have to pass through the city of Lancaster. The huge volume of traffic has meant that the roads cannot cope and this leads to long delays.

There has been a plan for many years to build a link road into the constituency from the M6. When the coalition Government came into office a decision was taken to postpone such projects. I spent a lot of time talking to Transport Minister Mike Penning MP in the tea rooms and was delighted when the announcement was made that the link road is to be built.

This means that hauliers will not have to pass through the City of Lancaster to get to the Port of Heysham. The drive will just be a few minutes from the M6; importantly it means the transport infrastructure is there for Morecambe & Lunesdale to prosper as an area of tourism. The bigger picture is that this is good for the local economy. As long as I am the MP for Morecambe & Lunesdale I will fight on behalf of motorists.

David Morris MP

PATRON
Cllr Glenys Roberts
Conservative Councillor for West End ward in Westminster, author, and journalist

“I think I have had more pleasure driving in my time than practically anything else.”

PATRON
Sammy Wilson MP
DUP Member of Parliament for East Antrim, Minister for Finance & Personnel in the NI Assembly, and a keen motorcyclist

Sammy Wilson MP
I am honoured to be a patron of the ABD.



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