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Guide Dogs wish MPs a cracking festive season

16 Dec 2014

Martin Horwood Campaigns MpsGuide Dogs surprised MPs and spread some seasonal cheer by setting up a grotto in Parliament to highlight the charity’s Parking on Pavements campaign.

Staff, volunteers and guide dog puppies from the charity joined forces to thank MPs for their support in 2014 and hand out custom-made crackers. Each one included a message from the MP’s constituents on Guide Dogs’ campaign for a national law on pavement parking.

An example of one such cracker message was:


“You don't have to be barking,

To hate pavement parking.

So please PAWS for thought,

And do as you ought.

Footpaths are for feet

So keep cars on the street!”

Guide Dogs is campaigning for the law to be changed so parking on pavements is prohibited in England and Wales, except in areas where bays are specifically marked. A Private Members’ Bill, tabled by Martin Horwood MP, is due to be presented to Parliament for the second time on 9 January, 2015.

Campaigns Manager James White said:

“We’re really grateful for all the support Members of Parliament give to Guide Dogs.

“As well as saying thank you, and spreading seasonal cheer with some guide dog puppies, we also raised awareness among MPs about the dangers of parking on pavements, and called for a change in the law.

“Many people with sight loss find themselves being forced on to the road because of cars parked on pavements. At Guide Dogs we’re campaigning for a law on pavement parking that would help protect people with sight loss. This law would also help people who use wheelchairs, mobility scooters or have pushchairs.”

To support the campaign and ask your MP to vote for the new Bill, which is due to be debated in Parliament in January, follow this link.