14 September 2001

Add your signature to the thousands who demand truth

By Mike Stones

PLANS to deliver thousands of signatures pledging support for a full public inquiry into foot-and-mouth to 10 Downing Street are nearing completion.

Newspaper and magazine editors conducting the public inquiry campaign will join forces to deliver petition signatures next month.

So far, 65,000 signatures have been gathered from readers of farmers weekly, Horse&Hound, Western Morning News in Plymouth, The Western Mail in Cardiff and The Journal in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

farmers weekly alone has collected 16,244 signatures, to the delight of Editor Stephen Howe. "We are detecting real anger and frustration focusing on the governments failure to deliver a full public inquiry. farmers weekly readers and users of our web-site FWi believe only a public inquiry promises to deliver straight answers."

Please lend your support to our campaign by signing the form on this page. If you have signed already, why not persuade friends and neighbours to sign up?

You can also request a free campaign poster from the farmers weekly offices (020-8652 4913; fax 020-8652 4005 or e-mail farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk). You can also download copies from our web-site (www.fwi.co.uk).

Dont miss this chance to lend your voice to our campaign which will close at the end of this month. And if you have requested forms, please return them as soon as possible.

Lets join together to make the government deliver a full public inquiry into the origins and handling of the F&M crisis. &#42

Dear Mr Blair,

Since you have taken a personal interest in the tragedy that is foot-and-mouth and, at one point, direct control of its handling, please make a firm commitment now to hold a full public inquiry into the F&M crisis.

As you are well aware, the epidemic has caused untold anguish within farming and rural communities, taken millions of animals lives and has cost our economy billions of £s.

For the sakes of those who have lost everything, even loved ones, please give them the consolation of knowing now that you are committed to a full, robust public inquiry.

After the carnage that has unfolded in our countryside, how could you deny such a request?

We look forward to speedy confirmation of your decision.

Yours sincerely,

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Please return your letters to Inquiry Please, farmers weekly, FREEPOST (CN 2908), Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5BR.

Should you wish to withhold your address, please sign the letter and attach your address on a separate sheet.