early day motion
Our thanks to the Fact Compiler for spotting this item on Tom Harris’s blog.
Railway enthusiasts and photography
I DON’T table many Early Day Motions (EDMs) but tonight I tabled this:
That this House welcomes the presence and activities of railway enthusiasts on the UK rail network; acknowledges the potential positive contribution to station security made by railway enthusiasts who are often seen as providing extra “eyes and ears” for the security services through their activities; is concerned at recent reports that some rail enthusiasts have been prevented from carrying out lawful activities – including photography – by station and train staff; and calls on Network Rail and the train operating companies to respect the legal rights of members of the public to pursue their interests at stations.
It will appear on tomorrow’s published list. Quite a lot of support from colleagues so far.
I left this comment on Tom Harris’s blog: “Nice one Tom, although its a pity that your EDM, while making reference to station and train staff, makes no mention of harassment by the police and PCSOs.”
An early day motion is a non-party political device to enable MP’s to inform the government when they feel strongly about a matter. The government usually takes some note of the matter when the number of MPs signing the motion exceeds 100. Do please write to your MP asking him to sign the motion. Something like this (don’t use the exact words!) should do the trick.
In spite of their dedication to the survival of Britain’s railways, the instances of harassment – and even arrest – of railway enthusiasts are increasing. Please sign the Early Day Motion tabled by Tom Harris, MP calling on Network Rail and the train operating companies to respect the legal rights of members of the public to pursue their interests at stations.
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