Make it Marham gathers strength

More than 10,000 people have signed the Make it Marham petition, MPs heard today.

Speaking in Business Questionsin the Commons, SW Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss MP said: 'Will my Rt Hon Friend join me in recognising the strength of feeling both in Norfolk and East Anglia in support of this base and would he consider a debate on the issue.

'Since the launch of the Make it Marham campaign last week we have achieved over 10,000 signatures in Norfolk to ask the Prime Minister to make sure that the base of the Tornadoes continues at RAF Marham where it is most economically efficient.'

Sir George Young, Leader of the House, replied: 'My Hon Friend expresses the concern of her constituents very well. She asks for a debate on the issue, but I point out that she was successful in having a debate on 4 November, and I wonder whether we could have too much of a good thing.'

But Sir George went on: 'I congratulate her on the case that she has made. The decisions she that she refers to mean that Kinloss and two other bases will not be required by the RAF but no decisions have been made on which bases or on any future use of the base, and I say to my Hon Friend that it will take some time to work out the implications for our basing policy but of course we take on the very strong case she has made on behalf of her constituents.'

A decision will be made shortly over whether the RAF's Tornado fleet will be based at Marham or at Lossiemouth, in Scotland.

The EDP, politicians and communities across Norfolk are campaigning to Make It Marham, because it makes sense both economically and on military grounds.

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Make it Marham campaigners will be taking to the streets with our petition tomorrow and and over the weekend.

Tomorrow SW Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss MP will be in Downham Market Town Square, from 1.30 - 3pm.

Tomrrow evening they will be taking our petition to the Christmas lights switch on, in King's Lynn, which begins in the town's Vancouver Quarter at 5.30pm.

On Saturday, NW Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham and councillors will be running a stall in the Vancouver Quarter, from 10am-noon, with petitions and posters.

Also on Saturday, Norwich North MP Chloe Smith will be joining EDP editor Peter Waters and journalists for a petition signing outside Carrow Road, before the Canaries' game against Leeds, from 2.15pm.

From 3.15pm, Miss Smith and EDP tream will be at the Chapelfield Shopping Centre in Norwich.