Lib Dems Call for a National Day of Recognition for Emergency Services

key_Recognition.pngIslington Lib Dems have called on Islington Council and the borough's two Labour MPs to support Lib Dem MP Tom Brake's campaign for the UK to honour those who work in the emergency services with a national day of recognition.

Tom’s campaign started after he discovered that the UK does not have a day of appreciation for those who work in front-line services like the Ambulance, Police and Fire Services. Tom has reached out to several other MPs and gained cross-party support for his campaign from five of the major parties.

The UK has many national days, such as national doodle day, national doughnut week, and international ‘talk like a pirate’ day. But, the UK lacks a day of recognition for the emergency services.

Former Islington Council Leader, Lib Dem Terry Stacy said:

“Those who work in emergency services do so much for us. They are always there to answer our calls for help, without expecting anything in return. These people are the last to boast about the work they do. They deserve a national day of recognition, especially given the recent tragedies that have struck our country."

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People who work for the emergency services have put their lives on the line during incidents like the Manchester attack, the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks, the Grenfell Tower fire and in the Finsbury Park attack. These people are heroes. Surely, we can find it in our hearts to acknowledge the critical, often life-saving work of the emergency services, which we have seen at first hand here in Islington. 

Tom and several other MPs such as Caroline Lucas, Peter Bottomely, Norman Lamb, Jim Fitzpatrick and Chris Stephens have joined together to advocate for a national day of recognition for those who work in emergency services.

“That this House recognises the extraordinary work of our emergency services; understands that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the fantastic work they do to keep us all safe; recognises the importance of providing our emergency services with the funding they need to keep our country safe; calls for an official annual National Emergency Services Day to remember and recognise their work; this day shall be recognised by our nation as a day to remember their heroic acts, daily work and to raise awareness of, educate people about and promote public safety." – Early Day Motion