East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight this week renewed his call for the government to “abandon the annual ritual of abandoning British Summertime by putting our clocks back one hour in winter”.

“The country will be plunged into miserable darkness by mid-afternoon this Sunday”, says Greg who is calling for the scrapping of winter time “so we can all enjoy lighter afternoons the whole year around”.

Sir Greg’s views are backed by road safety organisations, tourism bosses, the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Lawn Tennis Association and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

“Putting Britain on summertime in winter would greatly help tourism in East Yorkshire and elsewhere and would also reduce accidents” he said.

Sir Greg adds, “In the morning, most road journeys are predictable and people are fresh and alert. If the first journey of the day was partly in darkness, it would still be safer than the present situation where for over three months of the year, most afternoon and early evening journeys are carried out in darkness.”

“Saving lives is not the only reason for changing our time zone”, adds Sir Greg, “we would also all save energy as daylight hours would better reflect our waking hours.”