Mr Pothole called into Westminster for talks

Mark 'Mr Pothole' Morrell in Roman Way, Brackley
Mark 'Mr Pothole' Morrell in Roman Way, Brackley
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A pothole campaigner who only began fighting for road repairs last year will meet with the shadow transport minister next month.

Brackley Town councillor Mark Morrell has campaigned on Twitter and Facebook as Mr Pothole since retiring as a British Gas engineer.

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But having whipped up a following on social media, Mr Pothole received a tweet from minister Richard Burden last week to arrange a meeting.

Mr Morrell will meet the MP in Westminster on November 18 when he will share his views and suggest a national pothole day.

He said: “I have to pinch myself to be honest.

“You always hope that the establishment take notice but I suppose with the election, potholes is one of the top 10 issues.

“Social media has not been used like this before – there has never been a sustained presence and I think that’s the difference for the establishment.

“I’d like to see a national pothole day and that’s one of the things I will be suggesting.”

Mr Morrell said his tweets have a global reach with active groups from New Orleans to Mumbai and MPs are rapidly appreciating the power of social media.

“Everyone has such busy lives,” Mr Morrell said. “I’m not an expert but I have a good amount of knowledge from what I have read.

“Across the country, there is poor management, poor quality control and poor training.

“Twitter is just a resource and I will talk to anybody.”

Mr Morrell has fought to fill-in thousands of potholes and repair dangerous surfaces across Northants since he started his campaign in February 2013.

He called police in because of a dangerously deep pothole on the A422 near Farthinghoe and within two hours it had been fixed.

In August, Mr Morrell slammed current levels of government funding for potholes by calculating it would take ‘40 years to repair the county’s roads’.