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MPs will next week debate a petition urging the Government to set up an independent regulatory body which will take meaningful action to stop racehorses dying – a petition that Isle of Wight residents have strongly backed.

Over 105,000 signatures have been put against the petition which states that around 200 horses die each year due to racing in Britain. 343 of those signatures have come from Isle of Wight residents (0.25% of the Island’s population), making it the second higher ranking parliamentary constituency to support the petition.

The Government says that it does not consider that it is necessary to create a new body to protect racehorse welfare, and outlines that the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is responsible for the safety of jockeys and horses at races in this country.

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Monday’s debate, which gets underway at 16:30, will provide an opportunity for MPs to question a Government Minister directly on this topic.

You will be able to watch the debate live online at

 The top 10 parliamentary constituencies that supported the petition are as follows (as of 10th October)

Name MP Signature Count
Cheltenham Alex Chalk MP 388
Isle of Wight Mr Bob Seely MP 343
Hastings and Rye Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP 340
Stroud Dr David Drew MP 331
Brighton, Pavilion Caroline Lucas MP 325
Tewkesbury Mr Laurence Robertson MP 313
Torridge and West Devon Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP 309
Wealden Ms Nusrat Ghani MP 296
Totnes Dr Sarah Wollaston MP 295
Forest of Dean Rt Hon Mark Harper MP 294

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