Thursday, 27 October 2011

Lighter Later: Time To Get This Moving Again!

Since our big win in parliament on that snowy afternoon last December, we've been quietly (and not so quietly) marshalling political support and building our coalition of supporters while we wait for the Daylight Saving Bill to move to the crucial committee stage in parliament.

This process is never exactly speedy, but there's a lot at stake here. We can't – and won't – wait forever.

We know from experience that supportive MPs (with the occasional nudge from switched-on constituents like you) can be incredibly effective in pushing this issue up the agenda and building support in parliament.

So here's the plan first ask your MP if he'll support the change (Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has publicly supported the change, South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley has not) and then if they do support the change ask them if they will help work and make this bill a government priority.

Let's get things moving: write to your MP now

Every month this bill sits on the back burner is another month of wasted daylight and wasted opportunities – for better road safety, energy savings, jobs in tourism and a healthier, happier lifestyle for us all.

We've come a long way, and thanks to your amazing work, the prospects for clock change are the best they've been for a generation.

Ministers are working on lots of different bits of legislation at the moment, but it's time the government gave the Daylight Saving Bill a chance to move forward.

We have hundreds of allies in parliament – let's make the most of it!

Until next time,

Daniel Vockins
Campaign manager, Lighter Later

P.S. Want to find out more about the road safety aspect of lighter evenings? Here's a date for your diary: our friends at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents are holding a Twitter Q&A (@RoSPA #clockchange) with chief exec Tom Mullarkey on Wednesday 26 October from 12:30pm. Check out Tom's blog for more details.