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I have yet to hear back from the Charity Commission but I've been sent the following email from the Campaign for Better Transport:

Dear Cllr Hibbs

I am e-mailing to follow up the two postings on your Conservative Home blog on the e-mail sent out by an intern at Campaign for Better Transport. As you’ll have seen from the e-mail you included from our Communications Director, this e-mail does not at all reflect the views of our organisation. We work very closely with the Conservative Party nationally and with Conservative councils across the country. For instance we hosted a very well received speech by Theresa Villiers earlier this year, and we have met with her on a number of occasions and offered support in the development of Conservative policy. Many of the most positive examples of transport policy have come from Conservative councils, and we have highlighted this in our publications and research.

As I’ve said, the e-mail from our intern was a mistake. We are a strictly non-partisan organisation and our work with all the main political parties follows Charity Commission guidelines on campaigning and political activity. We have strengthened our volunteer intern induction and management process so that something like this does not happen in the future. I am sorry for any offence this has caused.

Please do contact me if you are interested in discussing our work and our approach to the role of local government in our transport system. And I’m glad to note you like trams, at least in the right places.

Best wishes

Stephen Joseph
Executive Director
Campaign for Better Transport

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