So this is the latest partial map from a petition which I set out at the end of June and so far it has received 2,635 signatures. It has benefited support from most of the UK constituencies but there are also some gaps as shown here and listed below. The petition is available here and it is a very clear call to Provide additional funding for redistributing surplus food which was a request back in early April from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee. The Committee is a group of 11 MPs of whom 6 are Conservatives which include Neil Parish who is the Chair, 4 are Labour and one is SNP. As it happens as you can read here, their call was supported by a Conservative Minister Victoria Prentis but tragically her Government rejected the call on the 18th June. So 11 days later I formed the petition.
All of these MPs have signatures in their constituency with 7 in Banbury where Victoria Prentis is the MP and 4 in Tiverton and Honiton where Neil Parish is the MP. All of the others have 1-7 currently signatures but it would be fantastic to increase them. There are a number of high value signatures such as 55 in Chesham and Amersham, 24 in Truro and Falmouth, 22 in Oxford East, 20 in Colne Valley, 18 in Huddersfield, 16 in Edinburgh South and 6 in Na h-Eileanan an Iar. There are of course a number with more signatures but these ones that represent the largest percentage of their constituents. As you can see and perhaps it is not surprising, the Sussex area is currently the strongest area. Here in Sussex at present we have more than 700 signatures of which 218 are from West Sussex, 146 from East Sussex and 342 from the 3 Brighton and Hove constituencies.
So let us see if we can get some more areas that are strong with larger numbers of signatures while at the same time to remove as many as these zeros as we can. The Zero’s currently shown here include:
Wales: Cardiff Central; Caerphilly; Islwyn; Blaenau Gwent; Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
South West – Bournemouth West; North Swindon
South East: Newbury; Wokingham; Mid Bedfordshire
West Midlands: Redditch; Mid Worcestershire; Kenilworth and Southam
East – West Suffolk; Braintree; Clacton; Maldon; Rayleigh and Wickford; Castle Point; Broxbourne; Epping Forrest
London – Harrow East; Hayes and Harlington; Feltham and Heston; Ealing Central and Acton; Carshalton and Wallington; Bexleyheath and Crayford; Dagenham and Rainham