Rugby MP Mark Pawsey joins call for more time on clock change bill

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POLITICIANS, including Rugby’s Mark Pawsey, are calling on more time to see the Daylight Saving Bill through.

The bill was derailed by a small group of MPs on Friday but pressure is growing on the government to give the bill a fair hearing.

The bill calls on 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.

Supporters argue that lighter evenings would save lives on our roads by making more of our busiest evening rush hours occur in daylight, create jobs by boosting the tourism sector, and make many people especially older people feel safer going out in the evenings for longer.

Lighter Later, the group coordinating the campaign for change, says support for the cause has never been stronger.

However, 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.

Mr Pawsey said: “I am a great supporter of the proposal to enjoy more daylight at the end of the day. Despite the will of the house for the bill to enable this to proceed, a tiny minority of MPs employed wrecking tactics to scupper the bill. I believe that it is imperative the government give the bill more time - so it can have the hearing it deserves.

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.

Daniel Vockins, Lighter Later campaign manager, said: “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.”