80,000 signatures and suspending parliament

80,000 signatures is a significant milestone that was passed last night. There are now 19,961 signatures needed to reach the 100,000 signatures threshold. The news that the Westminster Parliament will be suspended on 12 September means, I am pretty sure, that all petitions will close on that date. Which means that we have 14 days left to get those 19,961 signatures. That’s c1,425 signatures/day which is a higher rate than has been achieved over the last few days. It’s going to be a struggle to get there but I reckon we can.

I reckon we can because there are things that are built in to the next two weeks that could easily get us to that total in such a short time if all goes well. but it’s certainly not a done deal and it’s certainly not a cinch. So, if you can help in any way by recruiting a few more folk then please don’t delay! Thank you.

Here’s the ever-growing list of constituencies with more than 200 signatures already:

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Drew Hendry MP (SNP), 400 signatures

High Peak, Ruth George MP (Lab), 360 signatures

Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker MP (Con), 357 signatures

Ross, Skye and Lochaber, Ian Blackford MP (SNP), 309 signatures

Bristol West, Thangam Debbonaire MP (Lab), 313 signatures

Derbyshire Dales, Patrick McLoughlin MP (Con), 306 signatures

Edinburgh North and Leith, Deidre Brock MP (SNP), 299 signatures

Sheffield Hallam, Jared O’Mara MP (Ind), 296 signatures

Argyll and Bute, Brendan O’Hara (SNP), 284 signatures

Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas MP (Green), 278 signatures

Isle of Wight, Bob Seely MP (Con), 278 signatures

Stroud, David Drew MP (Lab), 268 signatures

Somerton and Frome, David Warburton MP (Con), 260 signatures

Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith MP (Con), 259 signatures

Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton MP (Con), 255 signatures

Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, John Lamont MP (Con), 254 signatures

Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake MP (Con), 253 signatures

Ochill and South Perthshire, Luke Graham MP (Con), 252 signatures

Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron MP (LibDem), 248 signatures

Suffolk Coastal, Therese Coffey MP (Con), 243 signatures

Northeast Fife, Stephen Gethins MP (SNP), 240 signatures

West Dorset, Oliver Letwin MP (Con), 239 signatures

Wells, James Heappey MP (Con), 237 signatures

South Norfolk, Richard Bacon MP (Con), 236 signatures

South Cambridgeshire, Heidi Allen MP (Ind), 233 signatures

Central Devon, Mel Stride MP (Con), 233 signatures

North Norfolk, Norman Lamb MP (LibDem), 232 signatures

Perth and North Perthshire, Pete Wishart MP (SNP), 231 signatures

Stirling, Stephen Kerr MP (Con), 228 signatures

York Inner, Rachael Maskell MP (Lab), 229 signatures

Edinburgh East, Tommy Sheppard MP (SNP), 222 signatures

Sheffield Central, Paul Blomfield MP (Lab), 224 signatures

Bridgwater and West Somerset, Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, 222 signatures

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, Andrew Bowie MP (Con), 223 signatures

Moray, Douglas Ross MP (Con), 220 signatures

Penrith and The Border, Rory Stewart MP (Con), 220 signatures

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale, David Mundell MP (Con), 215 signatures

Hove, Peter Kyle MP (Lab), 216 signatures

Richmond, Rishi Sunak MP (Con), 217 signatures

St Ives, Derek Thomas MP (Con), 217 signatures

North Dorset, Simon Hoare MP (Con), 217 signatures

Hexham, Guy Opperman MP (Con), 209 signatures

Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner MP (Lab), 214 signatures

Torridge and West Devon, Geoffrey Cox MP (Con), 210 signatures

Lancaster and Fleetwood, Cat Smith MP (Lab), 208 signatures

Totnes, Sarah Wollaston MP (Lib Dem), 207 signatures

Mid Norfolk, George Freeman MP (Con), 206 signatures

Southeast Cambridgeshire, Lucy Frazer MP (Con), 206 signatures

Sheffield Heeley, Louise Haigh MP (Lab), 206 signatures

Midlothian, Danielle Rowley MP (Lab), 206 signatures

Edinburgh South, Ian Murray MP (Lab), 205 signatures

Rushcliffe, Kenneth Clarke MP (Con), 205 signatures

Chippenham, Michelle Donelan MP (Con), 203 signatures

Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish MP (Con), 202 signatures

Bristol South, Karin Smith MP (Lab), 202 signatures

Witney, Robert Courts MP (Con), 202 signatures

Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill MP (Con), 200 signatures

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13 Replies to “80,000 signatures and suspending parliament”

  1. I was planning to put your poster in my local bird hide and will now overprint it with a message about the 12 September deadline.

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  2. You are a cad Sir! Yesterday I was celebrating the fact that Louth and Horncastle had reached your required 154 only to find you have now moved the goalpost to 200!

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  3. Sadly and in spite of my efforts, my constituency (Plymouth Sutton & Devonport) is lagging behind. I have contacted my MP (Luke Pollard, who is in the Shadow Defra team) and asked him to put the link on his social media platforms. As a member, I wish the RSPB would support this.

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  4. The rate of signing has certainly decreased recently but I guess that was inevitable after all the ‘clued up’ had signed. Also, was the last petition really in 2016? It seems more recent than that, and certainly does to the people I asked to sign back then.
    Last week was spent ‘oop north’ on holiday with six close friends. We are now so used to the phrase ‘Ban DGS’ that we use it glibly, without much thought, but I found that the sticking point was that word Ban. It’s a very emotive word.
    To ban something, you are taking away the liberty of some other group to carry on enjoying that which they have enjoyed in the past.
    If you ask for a ban, your case has to be rock solid. A good example would be the ban on smoking in pubs.
    I think our case is rock solid, but getting that across to intelligent people takes much time I find.
    ‘Isn’t there a compromise?’ ‘Can’t you talk to the other side?’ ‘Hasn’t the landscape always been like this?’ ‘If landowners and their staff were as bad as you say, they’d all be in prison.’
    You can’t answer these arguments quickly. You can’t force everyone to read ‘Inglorious’. And even if you did, it’s only one man’s opinion. But the final, ‘You’ve already had one debate, what’s the point of another?’ gets you into the Richard Benyon, Theresa Coffey discussion and bang goes another day and another case of wine.
    Yes, they have all signed, as they did last time, but the map clearly shows that people from our largest cities have more on their mind than DGS and need a lot of convincing.
    After all, it’s much better that people sign because they want to, after understanding the issues, rather than just because a friend is badgering them to do so.
    Time to invite a friend over for glass or three.
    We are a nation of animal lovers, 85% are in favour of the ban on fox hunting. We can do this!

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    1. To nick-pick, Inglorious is not what i would call an opinion. It is a compilation of facts leading to an inevitable conclusion that no one has been able to debunk successfully. The conclusion of a scientific paper based on facts is hardly an opinion although occasionally it contains what i would call opinions as in GWCT studies.

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      1. More importantly perhaps, even if were an opinion, it isn't 'one man's opinion' it is the 'opinion' of numerous researchers referenced in the book. Sorry for being a pedant.

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        1. Anand, you are quite right of course, but I was putting the case as it may seem to those who don’t know much/anything about DGS. Recent talks with some intelligent friends has bought home how little is known about this subject in our cities.
          We need more coverage where it counts, and quickly.
          And no, they are not my dislikes! 🙂

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          1. Thanks Paul, i didn't think they were. They are just that gamekeeper who dislikes everything. We must be driving him mad.
            I got a copy of Inglorious to a shooter i know via his sympathetic father but doubt he has read it. He is a shooter who is part of a syndicate with green credentials. He met Mark once. But he doesn't believe that persecution is as big as we say and this is a good guy whose whole profession is built on eco ideals. He has moved to Scotland so i am curious to see if he wakes up. As you say you can't force anyone. I have offered to send one to my sisters MP in Bowland but didn't get a clear reply.
            Maybe we need an equivalent of the Independence Wee Blue Book (72p). Inglorious condensed to its core, less than 100 pages.

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  5. I see Frankie Boyle posted 2 tweets from Chris Packham about the petition, both on the 14th.
    Frankie Boyle has 2.73m followers!

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  6. Mark, have you not realised they are suspending parliament not to ensure a no deal BREXIT but to shut your petition down.
    Hence Royal approval

    Heavens forbid they would do such a thing.

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