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Don Foster MP welcomes government support for Daylight Saving Bill

October 31, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Don Foster MP has welcomed the announcement by the Government to support the Daylight Saving Bill - calling for a change to the way we set our clocks. Don took up the Lighter Later Campaign last November after nearly 100 of Bath’s residents contacted him about the issue.

Evidence suggests that by moving an hour of light from the early morning to the evening could make our roads safer, cut the UK’s carbon while boosting its economy and provide more time for leisure activities and sport.

Commenting Don Foster said,

“By changing the way we set our clocks we can save lives, money and polluting emissions. This has the potential to be fantastic for Bath’s economy as well as making us all safer”.

Daniel Vockins, Lighter Later campaign manager added, “There’s a lot further to go before we change our clocks but this announcement is a big step forward. The bill would mandate the UK Government to conduct a proper review of the evidence for and against changing the clocks. By rationally weighing up the evidence for reform, Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland have the opportunity to become safer, healthier and more prosperous countries”

BBC's Mark Thompson to face MPs on F1 deal with BSkyB

October 27, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Mark Thompson, the BBC director general, is to face questions from MPs about the corporation’s handling of its Formula One TV rights deal with BSkyB.

Foster raised fears in September that no one was speaking on behalf of Formula One viewers and that there were “glaring problems” with accounts given by the BBC, Sky and Formula One over how the deal came about.

John Whittingdale, the Conservative MP and chairman of the committee, said in a letter to the Lib Dem culture spokesman, Don Foster, that a large number of people had expressed concerns about the deal, which will result in live coverage of half the Formula One grands prix away from free-to-air TV for the first time.

“The new licensing agreement for Formula One coverage is a commercial decision for the BBC and Formula One Management. However, the committee will be holding its annual evidence session with the chairman of the BBC Trust and the director general of the BBC in December.

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Don Foster urges Bath residents to Make a Difference

October 27, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

Don Foster MP for Bath is urging people throughout the city to give time to volunteer and ‘Make a Difference’ in Bath this weekend.

Don was recently joined by Pete Waterman and BBC Radio Five Live presenter, Rachel Burden in the build up to CSV Make a Difference Day, the “biggest single day of volunteering” that is happening on Saturday 29 October 2011.

Pete Waterman and Rachel Burden have given MPs across the nation a ‘pledge kit’ with a host of ideas to benefit others, such as writing letters and drawing pictures for children in hospitals, baking a Chocolate Cake to donate to a lonely neighbour, homeless shelter or nursing home, or even planting a mini meadow in a local park to attract wildlife.

As part of the Make a Difference campaign, Don will be visiting St Johns’ Hospital in Combe Park where he will spend time chatting to residents and packing gift boxes for the hospital’s Children’s Christmas Appeal.

Commenting, Don said:

“I hope lots of people in Bath will get involved in the CSV Make a Difference campaign this coming Saturday. Even the smallest gesture or deed can make a positive difference in the lives of others.”

CSV Make a Difference Day ambassador, Pete Waterman, says “Rachel and I are encouraging MPs and people of all ages to take part in CSV Make a Difference Day to combat feelings of isolation, loneliness and anxiety, as well as making local communities a happier, more welcoming place.

“Get to know your neighbours, make friends, get fit and transform the place where you live into a beautiful haven. Lift community spirits by organising a garden makeover, Halloween street party or bingo evening at a homeless shelter, nursing home or hospital ward. Even simple changes like reporting faulty street lights can have a positive impact in strengthening communities.”

To find out more about volunteering on CSV Make a Difference Day, call us on FREEPHONE 0800 284 533 or email difference@csv.org.uk or go online at www.csv.org.uk/difference