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Pledge “SaveOurDaylight”

"I will ask my MP to pledge his or her support - and vote - to stop the clock being put back an hour in winter depriving us of an hour's daylight in the evening but only if 50 other people will do the same."

— Victor Keegan, Writer

Deadline to sign up by: 30th January 2007
68 people signed up (18 over target)

Country: United Kingdom

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Research shows that an extra hour of daylight on Winter evenings could reduce accidents by 2,000 (and deaths by well over 100), boost leisure activities and save energy besides making us feel a bit better. The downside is even darker mornings the further north you go. But can't that be solved by flexitime or even a different time zone? Post your comments at

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  • See also for Victor Keegan's article about this pledge on The Guardian's Comment is Free.
    Owen Blacker, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!

    Philip Hammond MP
    Runnymede and Weybridge

    Wednesday 1 November 2006

    Dear Philip
    You may recall that you had an extra hour in bed last Sunday morning.

    Research by the Policy Studies Institute suggests that your extra hour in bed will cost the lives of 100 people this winter. An addition 1,900 people will be injured.

    The switch from British Summer Time to GMT is of course responsible for this.

    It is my view that switching to GMT during the winter is a crazy thing to do, especially for people in the South of England. I urge you to pay attention to, and support, the private members bill currently going through the Lords.

    I am sure you are familiar with all the arguments and will want to be considerate to the people of Scotland - but I don't live there, and neither do any of your other constituents. I'd like to remind you that your responsibility is to represent the views of your own constituents - anything else would be a violation of the basis on which you were elected.

    Yours etc
    Etienne, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Philip Hammond MP
    Shadow Secretarty of State for Work & Pensions
    House of Commons
    London SW1A 0AA

    Thank you for your letter of 1st November.

    I think that our democracy works on the basis of enlightened self-interest and some degree of give and take - we would be in rather a mess if we always voted on things on the basis of the narrowest possible definition of our own constituents' direct interests. However, I take the point that you make about the switch back to GMT during the winter and I have passed on your comments to the Shadow DTI team, as they have responsibility for this area.

    The Private Members' Bill which is currently going through the Lords is most unlikely to make it to the Commons and therefore I am most unlikely to have an opportunity to vote on it.

    Thank you for writing to me.

    Yours sincerely,
    A reply from Phillip Hammond MP, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I live in the south east - Herts in fact - but I certainly would NOT back any call to move one hour ahead of our natural timezone.

    To begin with it is devisive, as anyone who has lived further north will testify. Running on Berlin time may not make much difference to southerners - it damn well will to northeners, and especially Scots. I appreciate though that this cuts little ice with this call - which invariably comes from urbanites in the south east - who do give a hoot for their fellow countrymen outside the cities, even supposing they know where Scotland is.

    As for this nonsense about deaths caused by dark evenings, especially children... well, leaving aside the grossly - obscenely - inflated statistics if it were really THAT much of a REAL health and safety problem then the solution would be simple, and indeed would already have been adopted - ie. open and close schools half an hour earlier in winter. Indeed if the correspondents are that worried about it then getting their school to change its opening times is far easier than changing the law and mucking up things for everyone else.

    And why is it such a big issue for the UK? I don't see Scandanavia running its clocks outside their natural time zones. I hear no call for Germany to switch to Moscow time. The French and Spanish may run an hour ahead, but that is largely the result of politics and the desire for a unified Central European Timezone than any practical considerations.

    Leave things as they are. GMT is the natural time for this longitude. This demand is just another demand by the urban south east to have things their own way, and the devil take everyone else. And its time they were shown where to get off!
    John Birch, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Despite living in Cumbria, with the Scottish border being only 20 miles away, I am in totally behind the SDST bill put forward by Lord Tamlaw
    The extra hour in the evening would give us all an opportunity to get outside and therfore less time spent on the couch.
    Lester Noble, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • No way. I like it the way it is. Making people drive in the dark in the mornings is dangerous. The kids are more likely to be out going to school, the roads are more likley to be icy and people will be still half asleep in darker more dangerous conditions.

    No to depriving us of an hours light in the morning!
  • I have now created an online petition, at, once it is approved and live. Would all those who pledged also sign that? It would all help the cause.
    Danny Staple, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'm dissapointed I missed the petition to stop the clocks being put back an hour in winter. I whole heartedly agree and hope the PM takes notice of the petition.

    SK Hampshire UK
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Victor Keegan, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Owen Blacker
  • Bob Doney
  • john cole
  • Danny Staple
  • Craig Nicol
  • hilary Burrage
  • Sir Arthur Grebe-Streebling
  • Allan Lewis
  • Jon Cording
  • James Berry
  • George James
  • Mark Cooper
  • Alistair Kimpton
  • Dr Iqbal Mohiuddin
  • Dave Brown
  • Warwick Varley
  • Dan McDermott
  • Louise Ferguson
  • Keith McLuckie
  • Emma Aynsley
  • James G Fluss
  • Jayne
  • kassandra hart
  • Ivan Horrocks
  • alastair young
  • sanysanych
  • George Taylor
  • S. Bassett
  • Sally Ann Sadler
  • Lester Noble
  • Rebecca Coates
  • Brent McDonald
  • Phil Hallam
  • Richard Thomas
  • Alex Rankin
  • lee noble
  • James Rice
  • Rachel Smith
  • mike gould
  • Kevin Comer
  • Terry Walsh
  • Hugh Nolan
  • sam
  • Lucy Jordache
  • jim nettleton
  • Matty Lyons
  • Jo Titchard-Lyons
  • ben tiller
  • Pam Huntley
  • Jonathan Bolchover
  • Ann Roberts
  • Keith Lucas
  • Daniel Estermann
  • Dave Padley
  • Mike Sellars
  • Laura Babb
  • Gisela Overbeck
  • Helen Heenan
  • Kenneth Partington
  • Al Hepworth
  • Janette Menday
  • 7 people who did not want to give their names

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