About 2 hours after I grumbled slightly on Twitter about my MP not responding to my letter, I got an email:
Dear Dr Cockell
I can confirm that Ian has now signed EDM 767 and the online Science is Vital petition; however, he will be unable to attend the lobby in Parliament as he has a prior appointment.
If there is anything else he can assist you with in relation to this or any other matter do not hesitate to contact again.
A pretty positive response I think. It’s a shame he cannot attend the lobby, but he has signed the Early Day Motion, and the petition. Well done Ian Mearns.
Make sure you contact your MP and get him to do the same.