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metric martyr

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain)a shopkeeper or trader willing to be prosecuted for continuing to use only imperial measures as a protest against the perceived imposition of metric measures by the European Union
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Sunderland-based company Grid Smarter Cities, which is run by former Metric Martyrs and parking campaigner Neil Herron, has developed its Kerb Virtual Parking Bay Solution (Kerb VPS) project which uses innovative technology that allows delivery companies and hauliers to pay for timeslots to load or unload on restricted inner city streets.
Lined up against change are the forces of inertia and the so-called metric martyrs.
Speaking to the Conservative conference in Birmingham today, Mr Hague said the European Union Bill would ensure absolute clarity over the issue and make it impossible to argue in a British court that ultimate sovereignty had shifted to the EU - as was argued in the case of the so-called Metric Martyrs.
She is backed by Neil Herron, of Metric Martyrs, a group that also fights parking offences.
IT'S taken years, but the Metric Martyrs, started by a group of market traders in Sunderland, appear to have won their campaign.
REMEMBER the Metric Martyrs - the blokes who campaigned to ensure we could still buy bananas by the pound?
Leigh Thoburn, the widow of the original metric martyr Steve Thoburn, who was convicted of selling a pound of bananas in 2000, and Neil Herron, director of the Metric Martyrs Defence Fund, are supporting Denver's action.
The group were dubbed the Metric Martyrs after they were convicted in 2001 for a range of "metric" offences.
Intense lobbying by the Metric Martyrs campaign has helped ensure dual marking of goods in imperial and metric will continue indefinitely.
FIVE market traders - the so-called metric martyrs - have lost their battle for the unfettered legal right to trade in pounds and ounces as the High Court ruled that European law "ranks supreme" in Britain.