Feb 5th, 2011
Did your MP vote to save our forests?
By 38 Degrees team
This week MPs had their first chance to vote on forest sell-off plans – so we took our Save Our Forests campaign to Parliament. Nearly 100,000 of us emailed and phoned our MPs.We ran full-page newspaper adverts publicising the number of names on our petition. Every single MP felt the heat.
It’s starting to work! We pushed 6 government MPs to rebel and vote for a rethink. MPs from all parties stood up to talk about problems with the sell-off. Even David Cameron has started making vague hints that he might be willing to back down.
Every single MP heard from hundreds of us this week. But a lot of them will be hoping the fuss will now die down. We need to get back in touch quickly, to prove we’re here for the long haul. MPs need to know we’re watching them and we will keep watching them until our woods are protected for future generations.
The next time MPs vote on selling off our woodland, it could be a make or break vote to pave the way for privatisation. We need to keep the spotlight on every MP. They need to keep hearing from us by e-mail, on the phone, and face-to-face.Together we can make them realise that if they vote to sell off our forests, local voters won’t forgive them.