We are 21,500 ahead

The supporters of a ban on driven grouse shooting, are now 21,500 signatures ahead of the forces of conservatism who wish this unsustainable hobby of shooting birds for fun and profit to continue. We’ve pushed on by another 900 signatures in the last week.

But it’s not quite as simple as that, as there are three e-petitions including Ed Hutchings’s e-petition, supported by the RSPB, which suggests that there is a middle way of licensing grouse shooting.

And, the three petitions all started at different times and so have been running for different lengths of time and have different times remaining until they close.


Three e-petitions - how do they compare?

 PositionSignaturesSigns in last weekDays left
Gavin GambleBan36,600c90021
Jane GriggsPro15,050very few74
Ed HutchingsLicense14,30020096


It looks as though by the time Gavin Gamble’s e-petition closes, Ed Hutchings’s e-petition might have overtaken the Jane Griggs e-petition – but the RSPB ‘support’ hasn’t got that e-petition rattling along very fast yet. Maybe soon?

Some of you guessed the number of signatutres with which Gavin Gamble’s e-petition would finish. Here are your guesses:

Paul F47574

And here is a list of constituencies with over 100 signatures in favour of Gavin Gamble’s e-petition calling for a ban on driven grouse shooting. It’s becoming quite a long list, five constituencies have been added in the last week, and with three weeks to go it will get much longer in the sprint to the finish.

  1. High Peak, Ruth George MP, 188 signatures
  2. Sheffield Hallam, Jared O’Mara, 171 signatures
  3. Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Drew Hendry MP, 169 signatures
  4. Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker, 160 signatures
  5. Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron MP, 154 signatures
  6. Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith MP, 152 signatures
  7. Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford MP, 146 signatures
  8. Sheffield Central, Paul Blomfield MP, 146 signatures
  9. Derbyshire Dales, Patrick McCloughlin MP, 144 signatures
  10. Isle of Wight, Bob Seeley MP, 145 signatures
  11. North Norfolk, Norman Lamb MP, 142 signatures
  12. Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake MP, 142 signatures
  13. Stroud, David Drew MP, 142 signatures
  14. Richmond (Yorks), Rishi Sunar MP, 134 signatures
  15. Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey MP, 133 signatures
  16. rgyll and Bute, Brendan O’Hara MP, 132 signatures
  17. Wells, James Heappey MP, 128 signatures
  18. Somerton and Frome, David Warburton MP, 125 signatures
  19. South Norfolk, Richard Bacon MP, 122 signatures
  20. Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart MP, 122 signatures
  21. South Cambridgeshire, Heidi Allen MP, 121 signatures
  22. Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas MP, 120 signatures
  23. Ceredigion, Ben Lake MP, 118 signatures
  24. Bristol West, Thangam Debbonaire MP, 118 signatures
  25. Central Devon, Mel Stride MP, 117 signatures
  26. Mid Norfolk, George Freeman MP, 117 signatures
  27. Dumfries and Galloway, Alister Jack MP, 116 signatures
  28. Edinburgh North and Leith, Deidre Brock MP, 116 signatures
  29. East Lothian, Martin Whitfield MP, 112 signatures
  30. Lewes, Maria Caulfield MP, 111 signatures
  31. Ludlow, Philip Dunne MP, 109 signatures
  32. Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones MP, 109 signatures
  33. Ochil and South Perthsire, Luke Graham MP, 107 signatures
  34. Norwich South, Clive Lewis MP, 107 signatures
  35. West Dorset, Oliver Letwin MP, 106 signatures
  36. Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner MP, 104 signatures
  37. Bridgwater and West Somerset, Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, 102 signatures
  38. Edinburgh South, Ian Murray MP, 100 signatures
  39. Broadland, Keith Simpson MP, 101 signatures
  40. Sheffield Heeley, Louise Haigh MP, 104 signatures
  41. North Somerset, Liam Fox MP, 102 signatures
  42. Edinburgh East, Ian Murray MP, 100 signatures
  43. Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedsmuir, Ian Mundell MP, 100 signatures


If you want to see more sustainable land managment in the uplands and an end to wildlife crime then the outcome that will deliver that is certainly a ban on driven grouse shooting – so please sign Gavin Gamble’s e-petition which calls for a ban on driven grouse shooting.


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1 Comment

  1. Anthony B says:

    Just having a look at a neighbouring constituency (a historical hotspot for Welsh DGS) and the results are to date (16/03/2018):
    Ban: 42.
    Licence: 13.
    Do nothing: 45.

    Can't really draw conclusions from that though.


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