The Association of Circus Proprietors held a Parliamentary Reception at Westminster to lobby MP's about the problems that face travelling circuses.
"Giffords is based in my constituency amd, along with other travelling circuses, they have difficulties with the licensing regime. This was aimed at static circuses, and it is not suited for those circuses that travel and have to apply for a separate licence for each site."
"In London, the new regime for emissions has also meant that travelling circuses have cancelled their visits to the capital. Their vehicles are specially designed, and last a long time. The £200 tax on emissions makes visits economic - and of course the vehicles are static for most of the time they are here."
They hoped to influence MP's by putting on some circus acts.