AN open letter has been sent to the MP for Wantage and Didcot urging him to support the CE Bill at the start of COP27.

The letter, which was posted to David Johnston MP on Friday last week, has been signed by 26 councils, including four of the five Oxfordshire district councils.

A total of 180 businesses and organisations have also signed the open letter and more than 500 Oxfordshire residents have declared their support for the Climate and Ecology Bill by supporting the campaign.

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The Wantage open-letter hand-in was attended by a crowd of constituents, councillors from Wantage, Faringdon and Didcot Town Councils and Vale of White Horse District Council, as well as Faringdon Mayor Keira Bentley, the chair of Vale of White Horse District Council Margaret Crick and Wantage Deputy Mayor Angela Dunford.

Also present were representatives from community groups Sustainable Wantage and Faringdon Peace Group.

Open letters were also handed it to John Howell, MP for Henley, Annelise Dodds MP of Oxford East, Victoria Prentis MP of Banbury and Robert Courts MP of West Oxfordshire and Witney.

The hand in was organised by Zero Hour Oxfordshire, a county-wide campaign group in support of the bill.

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Coordinator and spokesperson for Zero Hour Oxfordshire, Kate Oldridge, said: “We are inviting our MPs to meet with a Zero Hour representative to discuss their reasons for not supporting the bill in light of mounting support from citizens, councils and businesses in their constituencies, and to reconsider their position. Our Open letter remains open.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

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