To: The UK Government.

GET BACK OUR BRITISH COUNTIES

RESTORE the historic British counties to their rightful place. Make sure they are properly recognised, signposted and marked. Use them as a fixed frame of reference, for a variety of purposes, across all media.

*IF YOU are signing the petition, please state a reason why. This helps us know why people are supporting the campaign. Many Thanks!

Why is this important?

THE 92 historic - or "traditional" - counties of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales often date back more than a thousand years. They are an important part of the culture, geography and heritage of the United Kingdom. The public understand what they are, and they help create an identity that binds communities together.

Since the 1960s-70s, in particular 1974, huge confusion has been caused to county identity in England, Scotland and Wales through successive legislative acts seeking to change administrative areas.

These acts have eroded the role of the historic counties in the life of our nation, despite assurances by successive governments that the counties would be preserved as the basis for local identity.

All this has happened against the wishes and despite the protests of ordinary people, who have been forced against their will into living in new so-called administrative or "ceremonial" areas that do not correspond with their true county.

We want - and need - legislation to ensure there is just one type of county in this country, namely the historic one. We seek to achieve this by removing all other "county" definitions, and by aligning all ceremonial boundaries to those of the historic counties.

Further, great care must be taken with the names of councils and service areas all over the country, and the counties must be marketed to preserve them into the future.

Pam Moorhouse, who started the campaign in 2015, says: “I remember in 1974 when the government sent people all over the country setting up new councils and telling people they had to live in new areas. This was completely against the people's wishes. It upset millions. Why was this acceptable or fair?

"To this day, councils continue wiping out our history and denying it, on TV, in the media, in schools, even in museums, but people feel loyalty towards their traditional area. It is also vital young people know about what happened, otherwise our history will be lost forever.

"People, not the government, should decide where you live. We need to make sure the changes of the past are undone. We need to get our counties back, and make sure this never happens again.

“Please feel free to get in touch with your comments. All views are welcome. If you agree with the petition, please sign it. We want an initial 100,000 signatures to help get the support of enough parliamentarians to get our bill enacted.

"We look forward to your support."

You can find additional information on our website, comment on our social media pages, or contact the Campaign Manager: Gerard Dugdill: campaign@britishcounties.org or call +44(0)7900 267988

Website: https://britishcounties.org/

NB. The map shows the 92 traditional counties of the UK.

How it will be delivered

To the government, online and printed names.


Reasons for signing

  • I believe in traditional counties. They are much more interesting and meaningful than the artifical units of local government that we have today.
  • I want to see the Ridings reestablished and the original borders of Yorkshire reinstated.
  • I was born in a 'shire, not a 'side'

Updates

2018-10-23 15:03:30 +0100

1,184 paper names as of 23 October 2018. Also, we now have 25 MP supporters, with Tim Farron, Andrew Gwynne and Andrew Rosindell being among the latest to support. Targets by end of 2019: 40 MPs and 4,000 names. We are running a Westminster Hall debate with Henry Smith in the next three to four months.

2018-09-28 02:20:50 +0100

NB, petition launched 30 July 2015.

2018-09-28 02:20:17 +0100

1,143 paper names as of 28 September 2018

2018-09-07 16:54:50 +0100

1,098 paper names as of 7 September 2018.

2018-08-14 09:44:21 +0100

*1.070 paper names as of 14 August 2018.

2018-04-28 01:44:05 +0100

Lots of media activity recently, related to our official launch in parliament with Henry Smith MP, and the release of our county survey with IPSOS-Mori. Check out more at our website, www.britishcounties.org

2018-04-13 20:34:26 +0100

Campaign launch next week, 17 April, 2-6. There are still some places available if you would like to attend. campaign@britishcounties.org

2018-03-20 00:53:50 +0000

Sir Graham Brady becomes the 16th MP supporting. Official campaign launch set for 17th April, 2018. For info please email campaign@britishcounties.org

2017-12-21 19:11:22 +0000

Henry Smith is now to be official MP champion for the campaign. We are going to write to the Cabinet Office with our draft bill proposals. Ten active MPs supporting, but we are contacting many more. If you would like to approach your MP to ask can they support the campaign, please email campaign manager, at campaign@britishcounties.org

2017-10-22 14:32:49 +0100

Pic updated.

2017-10-19 20:27:08 +0100

Apologies for lack of update. We have had massive media exposure in September, including a page three article in the Telegraph, quoting Pam, with a letter from 7 initial MPs backing, plus media appearances on Look North, https://photos.app.goo.gl/Ogx93KGrZdUW6ZOD3
and Daily Politics http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05g2p8k
Next step is a round of meetings in parliament and London, including with DCLG. We need to:
* keep getting support, we want two million
* get as many MPs supporting, initial base target 100
* get the bill in front of the minister/secretary of state/prime minister.
Gerard

2017-05-14 20:21:32 +0100

The next big target is 2,000 names. Let's hope we get there soon. Thanks.

2017-05-14 20:16:46 +0100

Thanks for the ongoing support. We are arranging some more meetings with MPs after the election, and hopefully also will have some good media coverage with one or two of the nationals. Please remember to fill in the "tell others why you signed" box when signing. Many thanks, Gerard Dugdill

2017-04-09 15:40:07 +0100

Ann Widdecombe supporting.

2017-03-27 14:16:48 +0100

Message of support for counties from Nigel Farage, MEP.

2017-03-25 03:10:24 +0000

Also Edward Leigh, Gainsborough.

2017-03-25 02:17:03 +0000

Messages of support from David Davis, secretary of state for "Brexit"; also David Amess MP, Southend West. Am currently canvassing MPs Alex Salmond and Calum Kerr on the SNP position. Previous MP support includes Andrew Rosindell (Romford), Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk) and Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes). Possibly Joan Ryan (Enfield North). Pam has sent petition to her local MP in Great Grimsby, Melanie Onn. Gerard

2017-03-22 12:02:57 +0000

1,040 paper names as of 21/3/17. Trying to set up a meeting with DCLG. Also trying to get media support for campaign. Gerard@dugdill.com

2017-01-13 17:02:37 +0000

Thanks for all the comments, please keep them coming. We are trying to see if ABC (association of British counties) can support the campaign more fully. The aim is to have a launch event in parliament.

Gerard Dugdill 13/1/17
Gerard@dugdill.com

2016-12-02 16:34:19 +0000

967 paper names as of 2 December 2016.

2016-10-14 15:38:47 +0100

946 paper names as of 13 October 2016

2016-08-19 13:45:48 +0100

Campaign includes 832 paper names as of 19 August 2016

2016-07-03 22:07:42 +0100

723 paper names as of 30/6/16

2016-05-26 23:49:37 +0100

655 paper names as of 25/5/16

2016-04-25 15:40:47 +0100

Total includes 558 paper signatures, as of 25 April 2016

Gerard Dugdill
Campaign administrator

2016-03-21 11:59:10 +0000

Total includes 508 paper signatures, as of 21/3/16.

2016-03-02 11:58:27 +0000

Please note the campaign includes 470 paper signatures as of 1/3/16 collected by Pam in the north of Lincs

2015-12-01 17:26:50 +0000

The total includes 330 paper names

2015-11-28 12:48:17 +0000

I believe we can add about 330 paper names to the current tally, so that is heading us towards 400.

2015-11-22 18:04:00 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-11-21 10:32:02 +0000

10 signatures reached

* A portion of the signature total has been collected offline and has not yet been verified by Campaigns by You.