Some of you follow this blog because you have been on my tours and enjoyed them, tours that include the Palace of Westminster. I qualified as a Blue Badge Guide twenty years ago. In 2000 I took an additional course and passed the written and practical exams to allow me to guide in Parliament.
However, the future of Blue Badge Guides in this building is under threat. There are plans to replace us in just five months with non-professional guides who will learn a script.
The Blue Badge Guided tours of Parliament have won many awards. The reasoning for why we should be replaced is not clear, but in my view and in the view of my colleagues, it is mistaken and misguided.
A petition has been created to keep our tours going. If you would like to read what it says and to sign it, please click here.