Urgent: Encourage your MP to debate outdoor sport and recreation policy

Posted by Catherine Flitcroft on 04/09/2014

Next week, MPs will debate the Government’s policy on outdoor sport and recreation from 2.30-4.00pm on Wednesday 10 September. To ensure the importance of sport and recreation is fully recognised in future legislation and policy, we are asking our members to email or write to their local MP asking them to attend.

The debate, secured by Huw Irranca-Davies (MP for Ogmore) will give MPs the opportunity to raise concerns about how government policies have been affecting the outdoors, and also highlight innovative projects and schemes in their own constituencies.

The debate follows the successful Westminster event on 11 June when ten leading outdoor organisations came together to urge parliamentarians to factor the benefits of outdoor recreation into their manifestos and policies ahead of the next general election and to ask that all three main political parties support six key proposals for government action on the outdoors.

The BMC and other organisations have been working with various MPs and peers to ensure these key proposals make their way to the policy teams working on each of the political party manifestos and we are delighted that this debate has been secured. We want to see tangible measures to increase, improve, maximise and strengthen policies on outdoor recreation and the conservation of our countryside. 

Help us campaign
The BMC looks forward to hearing MPs discuss the government’s position on outdoor recreation and would encourage all of our members to get in touch with their local MP to encourage them to attend the debate. 

If you would like to help us campaign for political parties to develop an integrated package of measures that will further secure and enhance sustainable public access to our countryside and green spaces then please email or write to your local MP asking them to attend this debate.

To make this easy for you, we have written a template letter for you to send to your MP.

Download letter template.

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05/09/2014
I have emailed my MP, Richard Benyon. Let's see if he actually attends. In fact, does anyone know how or where to check which MPs attended a particular debate?
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05/09/2014
Is everyone emailing or is it best to post? or both?

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