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The Daylight Saving Bill was derailed by a small group of MPs on Friday 20th January but pressure is growing on the government to give the bill a fair hearing. Plymouth MP Alison Seabeck has joined scores of other politicians and organisations calling for more parliamentary time to see it through.
Even with huge support from over 140 MPs at Friday's debate, a couple of politicians were able to block the bill by simply running down the clock.
"I, and many of my colleagues, set aside Friday to attend this debate but despite overwhelming public support, a tiny minority of MPs employed wrecking tactics to scupper the bill. It's important that the Government give the bill more time - so it can have the hearing it deserves" said Alison Seabeck MP.
The bill would mandate the government to conduct a comprehensive review of the costs and benefits of putting clocks forward an hour throughout the UK, resulting in lighter evenings every day of the year. If this concludes that a change would be beneficial, the government will run a three-year trial of the new system, subject to consent from the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
10:10's Lighter Later campaign has been leading the campaign for clock change. The campaign has the backing of over 90 organisations working on an enormous range of issues, from sport and tourism to, road safety and environmental protection. "The support we saw on Friday is pretty unprecedented when it comes to a private members bill. It's imperative the government gives the bill more time" said Daniel Vockins, Lighter Later campaign manager.
For more information on the change please visit http://www.lighterlater.org/benefits.html