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02 Feb 2011

Save Our Forests! A message from Martin ....

Dear friends, a subject very close to my heart is the common, properly managed access to our forests and woodlands and I support 38 Degrees campaign to stop the UK Government from selling off our forests to private owners. Please read the letter below and take just a minute to click through to their "Write to your MP" campaign - it takes no time and it could make all the difference. The more of us who email our MPs - the more pressure MPs will be under to vote to save our forests. Please email your MP now.

From 38 Degrees ......
"In just a few hours, MPs have their first chance to vote for or against the government's plans to privatise our public forests.

That this vote is even happening is thanks to all we've done together. Our petition - referred to in the motion in Parliament - is over 400,000 people strong and rising. Local Save Our Forests groups are springing up all over the country. Nearly 70,000 of us have emailed our MPs.

Thousands of us have chipped in to get people-powered ads in today's national newspapers. When MPs check the papers this morning, they will see our campaign, and the number of signatures on our petition, splashed across the Independent, Times, Daily Mail, and the Daily Mirror

But we’re not done yet. Let's make sure that as MPs go to vote, our voices are ringing in their ears.

MPs will be able to check their emails during the debate on their phones! So let's make sure that they hear our voices as the vote gets underway. Make sure MPs continue to hear from their voters today. Take 2 minutes to email your MP. It's easy to do, just put your postcode into the website to find your MP and see some suggested text.

Click here to get started:
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/tell-your-mp-to-save-our-forests

Today's vote isn't the end of the campaign - whatever the outcome. But it will be the end of the beginning. Next time MPs vote on this issue, it could be a make-or-break vote to pave the way for privatisation. The more MPs we convince this time round, the more chance we have of stopping those votes ever happening and stopping the sell-off.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and government officials will be using all the arm-twisting tricks they know to get MPs into line. They want to avoid the embarrassment of losing a vote, even when they are already losing the argument. But together we can make sure MPs are feeling the pressure from us. Let's make sure MPs realise, if they support selling off our forests, they will have to answer to their local voters.

Make sure MPs continue to hear from the voters today. Take 2 minutes to email your MP. It's easy to do, just put your postcode into the website to find your MP and see some suggested text.

Click here to get started:
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/tell-your-mp-to-save-our-forests

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