At the time of writing we do not know the composition of whatever government may emerge from the current Parliamentary arithmetic. However, we can note the results of a number of supporters and opponents of metrication.
UKMA is non-party-political and enjoys the declared support (and indeed opposition) of members of all three main political parties. Most MPs find it expedient to take an ambivalent position on completing metrication – or to keep their views to themselves. The following is a limited selection of a few who have commented publicly.
Ian Taylor (C) – retired
Nick Palmer (Lab) – lost Broxtowe
Chris Huhne (LibDem) – held Eastleigh
Malcolm Bruce (LibDem) – held Gordon
Sir Robert Smith (LibDem) – held Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine
David Davis (C) – held Haltemprice and Howden
William Hague (C) – held Richmond (Yorks)
David Blunkett (Lab) – held Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
Sarah Teather (LibDem) – won Brent Central
Sir Alan Beith (LibDem) – held Berwick upon Tweed
It is too early to say how the election results might affect prospects for completing metrication in the new Parliament. On the key issue of road signs, much depends on who becomes Transport Secretary and on whether he/she is personally committed to metric completion and can persuade colleagues to agree (or at least acquiesce) in an environment of budget cuts.