61,000

60000

There’s another 1000 signatures!  We have momentum!

Over five weeks ago I wrote, with the help of Shania Twain, a blog that stated: ‘The RSPB … now faces the situation where well over 40,000 people support a policy position that the RSPB does not support and that figure is certain to pass 50,000, likely to pass 60,000, might  well pass 70,000, could pass 80,000 and might just conceivably pass 100,000 signatures without any RSPB support at all.‘. Not wrong was I?  Hen Harrier weekend is a little under three weeks away and this petition closes nine weeks tomorrow.

Nine weeks to go. Nine weeks of 2000 signatures/week? That would get us to c80,000 signatures.

But, so far, in July, we have passed 14 1000 milestones in 18 days!  Did I say before – we have momentum!

Here are the leading constituencies over 200 signatures:

  1. Calder Valley Craig Whittaker MP 348 CON
  2. Ross, Skye and Lochaber Ian Blackford MP 254 SNP
  3. High Peak Andrew Bingham MP 244 CON
  4. Isle of Wight Andrew Turner MP 238 CON
  5. Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Drew Hendry MP 233 SNP
  6. Skipton and Ripon Julian Smith MP 227 CON
  7. Bristol West Thangam Debbonaire MP 224 LAB
  8. North Norfolk Norman Lamb MP 220 LIBDEM
  9. Derbyshire Dales Patrick McLoughlin 217 CON
  10. Brighton, Pavilion Caroline Lucas MP 217 GREEN
  11. Argyll and Bute Brendan O’Hara MP 212 SNP
  12. Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron MP 211 LIBDEM
  13. Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox MP 200 CON

And here is the list of newcomers to the ‘100 club’:

  • Vale of Glamorgan Alun Cairns MP
  • East Surrey Mr Sam Gyimah MP
  • Edinburgh South West Joanna Cherry MP
  • Banff and Buchan Eilidh Whiteford MP
  • Glasgow North Patrick Grady MP
  • South Swindon Robert Buckland MP
  • Aberdeen South Callum McCaig MP
  • Milton Keynes North Mark Lancaster MP
  • Newark Robert Jenrick MP
  • Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott MP
  • Ashford Rt Hon Damian Green MP
  • Amber Valley Nigel Mills MP
  • Portsmouth South Flick Drummond MP

And do you remember being offered the chance to guess the total that we would reach by midnight on the 31 July?  Here are the guesses (closest gets a signed copy of the new paperback edition of Inglorious):

51495 Robert Kingsbury-Barker
51798 Roger Little
53471 Sue
54356 Peter Swallow
54731 notso
55333 Steven Savage
56000 Emma Thompson
57356 Graham Sorrie
58713 Kate Cartmell Done
61645 Ollie Hornbeam
62773 Murray Marr
63587 Tom Jones
63800 Simon Watts
64000 Jen Plumstead
64125 John Conlin
64223 Owen
64328 timmyG
65372 Sue Scowcroft
65450 Philip Collins
66569 Gerard Hobley
67201 Michael Cavanagh
67549 tim B
67976 Jim Clarke
68324 Les Wallace
69780 John Wilde
70237 Chris Hawkridge
70000 Andy Paton
70056 Wildhils
71234 Sean M
72209 tperry
74278 Mick Ryan
75213 Watching with Interest
77377 Richard Ebbs
79845 Northern Diver
86725 Nick Miles
91249 Nick Bee
97079 Ross Mason
100000 Derbysmossfool
100001 Dave
100027 Ruth Peacey
101673 Karen Scammell

I really wouldn’t like to guess myself which of you is the best placed to win that book.

But if you are towards the bottom end of the list please ask lots of your friends to sign the petition to ban driven grouse shooting which has momentum.

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  1. Andy Holden says:

    Compared with five weeks ago - Fantastic!

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  2. Brian Leecy says:

    Brilliant,well done to everyone,we are moving now ! And still there are lots more People signing up.People who really care what's going on upon those Uplands.

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  3. Anand Prasad says:

    Hey i demand a re-count.
    Argyll and Bute has 212.

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  4. Jim Clarke says:

    Just 4 signatures in Crewe and Nantwich, 4 in in Edinburgh West, and 8 signatures in Cumbernauld, Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch, and one could walk from Land's End to John O'Groats without leaving 100 Club territory! With the odd interconnecting ferry we are on the brink of a journey from the Isles of Scilly to Unst too!

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  5. Richard Ebbs says:

    61716

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  6. It's rather sad that the RSPB won't support this petition an activity that clearly damages birds chances and flaunts protection laws.

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