The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) last week met with the MP’s as their part in recognising the work of the BMC, of British mountaineering and more generally the role of sport in keeping Britain fit and healthy for longer.
The BMC’s influence in policy decisions from lobbying and government consultations to considerations over the freedoms and interests of hill walkers, mountaineers and climbers. It also has had significant lobbying power to the Marine Bill and Working at Heights Directive.
Significant points that the British Mountaineering Council maintains, include:
- The prominence of British climbing and mountaineering on the world stage.
- The health, fitness and economic benefits of our sport.
- The relatively low level of financial support we receive from government in comparison to other sport.
10 Downing Street Party!
The BMC team was accompanied by a selection of some of the most respected mountaineers and climbers, including Leo Houlding and Chris Bonnington, along with Sport England representatitves and Sports Ministers, Gerry Sutcliffe.
The BMC states:
BMC President Dr Charles Clarke kicked off the proceedings by thanking John Mann MP for orchestrating the event which had come about because of Gordon Brown’s interest in hill walking. He acknowledged the history and achievements of British mountaineering, as well as the BMC’s lobbying work and importance of the BMC’s 500-strong volunteers.
In response to this recognition and support, the BMC took great pride in thanking the Government…
The BMC would like to thank the Prime Minister for inviting the BMC to Downing Street, Gerry Sutcliffe for hosting the event, John Mann MP for his continued help in forging links with government and helping the BMC get its voice heard in government and everyone else who attended.