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01.01.04


BBC NEWS
RADIO 4


Today - The Listeners' Law poll


The winner of the Today poll to suggest a new piece of legislation was announced on the New Year's Day programme.


There were a total of 26,007 votes - 17,829 telephone votes, 8,160 secure email votes and the rest were other emails and faxes.


In first place was a proposal to authorise homeowners to use any means to defend their home from intruders - 37% of the vote.


Second was a bill to allow the use of all organs for transplant after death unless the individual has "opted out" and recorded that opt out on an organ transplant register - 30% of the vote.


Third was a proposal to ban smoking in all workplaces, to include bars and restaurants - 20% of the vote.


A double-headed Bill which would have limited the number of terms a Prime Minister can serve to two, and which would have made voting in General Elections compulsory for all of voting age (subject to the provision of a "No Vote" box on the ballot paper) was fourth in the poll with 9% of the vote.


And fifth was an idea to ban all Christmas advertising and the erection of municipal street decorations before 1 December - 4% of the vote.


Miranda Holt, Today Programme Assistant Editor, said: "We're delighted that twenty six thousand people voted in our Listener's Law poll.


"The winning one - the proposal to allow homeowners to use any means to defend their home from intruders - was a controversial choice - but won 37% of the vote.


"Now we look forward to seeing whether the MP Stephen Pound succeeds in persuading the 20 MPs who have been chosen to put forward Private Members Bills to take up our listeners' proposal and make it law."


Notes to Editors


Today programme website


Today programme Christmas poll invites listeners to re-write the laws of the land (16.12.03)



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