Election hopeful will lead coast beauty spot clean up

A Tory election hopeful will aim to demonstrate her green credentials today[sat mar 10] by joining a community effort to tidy up a North-East beauty spot.

A Tory election hopeful will aim to demonstrate her green credentials today[sat mar 10] by joining a community effort to tidy up a North-East beauty spot.

Wendy Morton - who will fight the Conservatives' top target seat in the region, Tynemouth - is to lead an army of activists aiming to clean up Briardene in Whitley Bay.

The project is part of party leader David Cameron's attempt to encourage members to take action in their communities.

Mrs Morton will be joined by North Tyneside councillors and local activists for the effort, in conjunction with the Friends of Briardene group.

Up to 20 party members will pick litter, do gardening work and clear brambles.

Mrs Morton said: "I'm looking forward to getting my rake and litter picking tongs out. People think politicians just talk and don't actually do anything, and I think this is a good way of showing that we can and we should do more for local communities.

"David Cameron is getting the Conservative party to concentrate more on local green issues.

"My hope is that the Friends of Briardene will be able to say that we've really helped them in what is a long-term project."

Tynemouth is the Conservatives' biggest hope of making a gain in the region in the next general election.

However, Mrs Morton must overturn a 4,143 majority held by Labour's Alan Campbell.

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