The three regret motions will be debated at 7pm in the main chamber of the House of Lords on Monday (http://calendar.parliament.uk/calendar/Lords/All/2016/7/4/Daily). The Labour motion has the best chance of success, because there are a lot of Labour peers. The motions will not force the government to change anything but if any of them are successful it makes it a lot more likely that MPs will finally get to debate ecigs in the House of Commons, and that sensible vaping regulations will finally be on the table.
- The debate will be televised so you can watch it on VTTV (http://www.vapourtrails.tv/?page_id=41) or Parliament TV (Freeview 131) or via the Parliament website (http://goo.gl/8eygyo).
- You can also watch it live by turning up at the House of Lords (queuing time estimated to be about 30 mins – longer if this post is effective!) To enter the House of Lords you have to pass through airport style security. To ensure a fast queue please leave sharp objects, handcuffs and placards and t-shirts with slogans at home.
- Also consider emailing the Lords to thank them for taking the issue seriously and to ask them to back the Labour motion. It’s too late to reach them via the Write to Them website but here’s a sheet with direct email addresses for some of them https://goo.gl/mkUjzq
If you are able to attend the debate here is some further information on what to do and where to go:
If you can arrive earlier in the day, you could consider contacting your MP to ask them (or one of their assistants) to meet you in the Central Lobby.
Topics you could discuss include:
- The fact that the Commons has never held a debate on e-cigarettes
- Asking them to contact to the minister with your concerns about the TPD/TRPR2016.
- Asking if they could raise a Parliamentary Question on your behalf.
- Telling them your story – how vaping has helped you.
These are also subjects you could raise with your MP via email, or at their local surgery, if you are unable to attend on the day.
Visitor access to both the House of Lords and the ‘Central Lobby’ is via the Cromwell Green entrance on St Margaret’s Street.
Rail and Underground
Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station, which is fully wheelchair accessible. Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations are about 20 minutes away by foot and have connecting buses.
Buses stop near Parliament Square in Victoria Street (opposite the Houses of Parliament) and further up towards Trafalgar Square, in Whitehall. All buses in London are now wheelchair accessible.
If you’re travelling by foot, you can access Parliament by Westminster and Waterloo bridges. Both are wheelchair accessible, as are the Golden Jubilee pedestrian bridges (the old Hungerford Bridge), which connect the South Bank with Victoria Embankment.
Members of the public cannot bring bicycles into the parliamentary estate. Public bicycle racks are a short distance away outside 7 Millbank. There are Cycle hire docking stations situated in Smith Square, which is a 5 minute walk away from Parliament, and on Abingdon Green, opposite Victoria Tower Gardens.
If you do go then please let us know and we will keep an eye out for you in the queue.