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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 8th Feb 05, 4:32 PM
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    Parliamentary Motion Specifically To Support This Site
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:32 PM
    Parliamentary Motion Specifically To Support This Site 8th Feb 05 at 4:32 PM
    Updated 25 Feb 2009

    PARLIAMENTARY MOTION SPECIFICALLY TO SUPPORT THIS SITE.

    In February 2005, there was an early day motion in parliament to commend the work of this site.

    Text of the Early Day Motion in full

    564 MONEY SAVING ADVICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC 20:1:05
    Mr Gregory Campbell
    Mr Nigel Dodds
    Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
    Bob Spink
    Mr Mike Hancock
    Mr Roy Beggs
    * 6

    That this House commends the activities of those persons and groups dedicated to assisting members of the public get value for money in purchases, insurance, overdrafts and mortgages; and recognises that money saving experts like Martin Lewis at http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ provides, on a not-for-profit basis, an incentive for ordinary consumers to pressurise large providers and financial institutions to hold down prices to the general public.

    Note The above is copied from the initial motion, quite a few more MPs added their names to it since.

    See the motion itself (sometimes that doesn't work, if not go to this one and scroll down to number 564)

    From Martin:

    I knew nothing about it until someone e-mailed me to tell me. It was very surprising, so thanks to the MPs of all parties who supported it, it is appreciated. There was a slight technical glitch in that it said the site is 'not-for-profit', where as it does make money, albeit in a way we hope is still socially beneficial (see how this site is financed)

    Since then the site has grown enormously, with millions now using it every month, and rather than little more than a one man band, there's a whole team behind it. Read about MoneySavingExpert's history

    Since then there have been many accolades and awards for the site. Here are just a few...
    • Help up as a model for 'the Power of information

      In a report out in Summer 2007, the site has been held up as a model of how to reach people and allow interaction in the government’s review ‘The Power Of Information’. It goes without saying that I’m chuffed to bits that the site is included and held in such high regard.

      Read a blog on it: First a call from no. 10
      Read the full report: The Power Of Information
    • Radio 2 Most useful website of the year.

      As well as being website of the day on Radio 2 many times, the site has also been picked as most useful website of the year. More info
    • Personal Finance Website of the Year.

      The site won the B&B Personal Finance Awards New Media winner.
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    Last edited by MSE Martin; 25-02-2009 at 3:48 PM.
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    • vanoonoo
    • By vanoonoo 8th Feb 05, 4:40 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:40 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:40 PM
    wow - I'm impressed and delighted and also proud to be involved. well done martin. - how'd ya feel?!
    Blah
  • trafalgar
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:41 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:41 PM
    Good lord I have never bothered to read such things but I will from now on.................Mentioned in dispatches well done to yourself Martin and everyone who works to make the site great and more importantly useful .
  • Foxy
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:42 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:42 PM
    wtg martin. congrats you have earned it mate
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  • wirm
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:52 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 4:52 PM
    Well done Martin! You deserve it! A big thanks from me too!
    • Glad
    • By Glad 8th Feb 05, 5:55 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 5:55 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 5:55 PM
    Awwww I'm so proud of you,

    I have tears in my eyes
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    • pennymakespounds
    • By pennymakespounds 8th Feb 05, 6:01 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 6:01 PM
    parliament
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    • 8th Feb 05, 6:01 PM
    absolutely brilliant .. well done martin .

    Much deserved.

    Maybe every little might help in achieving all of our aims ... and getting you a serious tv programme contract.
    • arkonite_babe
    • By arkonite_babe 8th Feb 05, 6:44 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 6:44 PM
    Fantastic result for you and the team Martin, well done!
    • libra10
    • By libra10 8th Feb 05, 6:51 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 6:51 PM
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    • 8th Feb 05, 6:51 PM
    This website is great for the invaluable advice and commonsense approach to moneysaving.
    Glad you have been recognised Martin, knighthood next!
  • lostincyberspace
    woo hoo way to go martin love how you like to big up yourself so much. Not long till your noble peace prize or the trip to buck house for the knighthood you sooooo desperately want.
  • Pat_
    Terrific Martin, really pleased for you.

    Its nice to get the recognition you and the team deserve.




    You wait now there will be a Sir hood in this soon and doileys at Buck/Ham.
    • toozie
    • By toozie 8th Feb 05, 9:28 PM
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    Sir Martin Lewis............
    • divadee
    • By divadee 8th Feb 05, 9:45 PM
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    divadee
    Great news, congratulations to you martin and the whole team.



    Do you think all those MP's are secret MSE'rs though that would be cool wouldnt it
  • JasonW
    Without being corny or cheesey, you really deserve it mate. Well done on everything. I have never heard you say anything stupid or pointless. I have read your book, and almost every word you have written in your articles and guides.

    Such an eye opener, and even though most of it common sense, it is so blindingly obvious its embarassing not to have thought about it before!

    Also, I guess it would be extremely tempting for some to use their power and influence to make massive amounts of money in back-handers from the various lenders to recommend their products, but we all know you would never do that, and in todays society, that alone has to be congratulated.

    Sir, I salue you!
    • deedums
    • By deedums 8th Feb 05, 10:26 PM
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    I agree with all the other posts, congratulations! The recognition is well deserved.
  • Joe-C
    Brilliant Martin, nice one.
  • sleepy
    Congratulations! Not only do you have fans in high places, you also bridge party divides.
    In the list of people that signed the motion, there were members of (in no particular order):
    Ulster Unionist
    Democratic Unionist
    Labour
    Lib Dem
    Conservatives

    Maybe you should think about becoming an M.P. You'd get tons of votes
    • vanoonoo
    • By vanoonoo 9th Feb 05, 12:01 AM
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    vanoonoo
    Congratulations! Not only do you have fans in high places, you also bridge party divides.
    In the list of people that signed the motion, there were members of (in no particular order):
    Ulster Unionist
    Democratic Unionist
    Labour
    Lib Dem
    Conservatives

    Maybe you should think about becoming an M.P. You'd get tons of votes
    by sleepy
    iirc martin used to be involved in political spin *smirk* no wonder he got support - they would be too scared about what he'd say if they didnt
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  • trafalgar
    iirc martin used to be involved in political spin *smirk* no wonder he got support - they would be too scared about what he'd say if they didnt
    by vanoonoo
    oooooooooohhhhhhh so it was a nudge nudge wink wink kinda thing was it:rolleyes:















    just kiddin
    • Nile
    • By Nile 9th Feb 05, 10:11 AM
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    Thanks for telling us, I would never have known otherwise.

    I'm absolutely delighted for Martin and the team.
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