Amber Rudd MP
- Member of Parliament
MP for Rye & Hastings
Amber Rudd MP
- Member of Parliament
MP for Rye & Hastings
Home Office: Give Albert Thompson the right to cancer care
** Campaign success! Albert has now been granted treatment. For more info, please check the update below and keep posted on developments on https://mobile.twitter.com/quiline I am confirming how I'm going to spend the money raised for his treatment as soon as possible with all relevant parties. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone that has supported this campaign. WE DID IT!** #ActionforAlbert Albert Thompson*, 63 years old, has lived in London for 44 years. He has prostate cancer. After major surgery, he arrived for his first radiotherapy session to be taken aside and told that unless he can prove he is legally entitled to live in the UK he will have to pay the full £54,000 for his treatment upfront. For 3 decades, Albert has paid taxes to the British Government. He arrived from Jamaica as a teenager. He has no money and he needs our help. That’s why I’m calling for the Home Office to deal with Albert’s status in the UK so his treatment can be approved right away. Cancer doesn’t wait. Having been a primary carer for loved ones who have had cancer, I know that it is expensive, frightening and depressing. People who do not have a lot of savings or support from elsewhere struggle massively financially, and Albert has been unable to work for some years now due to cancer so has nothing. Even with appropriate support, cancer is a lonely and terrifying journey. I can't imagine the despair that this man must be feeling right now. This is part of a much wider issue too, of people who originally came from Commonwealth countries now not being recognised as legal citizens - despite living in our country for many, many years and contributing in the same way we do. Let's stand up for their rights - and stand up to the increasingly harsh landscape that the Home Office is creating for innocent people that are relying on their country's support at the hardest times in their lives. Please sign and share this petition. *Not his real name Original Guardian article: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/10/denied-free-nhs-cancer-care-left-die-home-office-commonwealth
Save NHS doctor trained in the UK from deportation
The UK has been my home for over 10 years where I’ve been training to be a doctor. I’m now just 5 months away from completing my GP training - but that came to grinding halt last year because the Home Office refused me Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).I was refused my visa based on an honest oversight - my request was "18 days late". This is because the appointment, which I paid for, was the earliest available one throughout the UK. All the is despite living legally on visas for the last 10 years, whilst I studied and started medical training in Manchester, I was then refused because of an honest oversight. I have already appealed this decision already and the judge sided with me and my case upheld based on Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Sadly, this is not the end of the story, the Home Office applied to overturn this. In the meantime, I’m not allowed to work and have been living off my savings and kindness of my friends. That’s why I’m calling on the Home Office to drop the appeal. At a time when the NHS is struggling to train and recruit GPs, I find it absolutely ridiculous that I am on the cusp of becoming a GP. I have given the best years of my life to the NHS, toiling relentlessly through nights and weekends for many years, paying my taxes and contributing to wider society - sadly right now, all this counts for nothing, and the Home Office are now treating me as an illegal immigrant, having confiscated my passports and University Degree. Many countries would be happy to have a doctor work for their health service, especially somebody who is locally trained, but here I face endless persecution by the Home Office, having to suffer the indignity of being treated like an unwanted intruder, despite having lived here since September 2007. I am broken, and I don't know how much longer I can take this. I want to be a doctor here in the UK. Please help me by signing.
Stop Evil Rape Gangs getting such short sentences and help me get Justice for Survivors.
My name is Elizabeth, and I am one of the 1400 Rotherham 'Survivors' now estimated to be 2800 and I am trying to stop the early release of Murabek Ali, and to make the Police and Councils accountable for totally ignoring thousands of vulnerable girls, who like me, have suffered horrific abuse, trafficking, beatings, race hate, and gang rapes, at the hands of violent grooming gangs now operating ALL over Britain. Less than 1% have ever been prosecuted, therefore most survivors live in constant fear as their rapists/abusers have never even been arrested! Those that are prosecuted serve ridiculously short sentences. Something has to be done! Mubarek Ali was sentenced to 22 years in 2012 along with his brother Ahdel (who was jailed 18 years) for a raft of sexual offences including pimping out young girls many as young as 12 to workers at a curry house for £150 sex sessions. During the brothers' trial the court heard that the two men systematically groomed young girls for after hour sex sessions at the restaurant. Mubarek Ali was convicted of four charges of controlling child prostitution, two of trafficking in the UK for sexual exploitation and a charge of causing child prostitution. Judge Patrick Thomas QC said the brothers' motives were "squalid, demeaning and selfish". He said the brothers were both "cold hearted and cynical" and "present significant danger to the public" and told them that they had shown "no remorse or regret". Ali will be released in November, because of the misleading way sentences are served and because of changes to the sentencing laws in 2003 allowing automatic release after serving just HALF their sentence and without a parole board! However this should NOT apply to dangerous sex offenders. The system also totally failed to inform victims of his release after serving just 5 years. His victims in Telford who gave evidence in this horrific child sexual exploitation case five years ago are living in fear of his release. CSE victims are so often overlooked and let down. The custodial sentences given for this horrific crime are disgracefully short and need to be reviewed. Ali has served just 5 years for horrific rape and abuse of young girls, his victims will have a 'life sentence' of horrific memories and anxiety. We would also like a criminal investigation to be launched by the government into Police forces and Councils throughout Britain who have stood back and allowed these men to traffic, beat, gang rape and destroy the lives of so many girls for decades. An example needs to be set to stop these grooming gangs, this is also RACIALLY MOTIVATED HATE CRIME against mainly white girls, they target their victims due to the fact they consider white girls worthless and slags, therefore it should also be treated as race hate crime, and any prison sentences should reflect this fact. These monsters deliberately target vulnerable girls as young as 12 giving them gifts, food, and plying them with alcohol, and forcing them to take drugs, for the purpose of trafficking them for abuse, they control beat, humiliate, degrade and regularly gang raping them, keeping them silenced by use of threats, violence and intimidation. Longer sentences are served by many who commit fraud. LET THAT SINK IN A MOMENT!!! Britains government and law system believe that FRAUD is a worse crime than RAPE! The law desperately needs to change, as the innocent victims of these vile abusers are the ones put on trial for being raped and abused! Read https://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/may/19/lawyers-oxford-abuse-ring the absolutely disgusting way that Ali's victims were treated in court during the trial by aggressive unsympathetic defence lawyers Since the Telford, Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford cases the grooming gang problem has got much worse, with lower police numbers, political correctness and fear of upsetting communities still known to be a major factor as to why it has become such a widespread problem. Alexis Jay's report http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1407/independent_inquiry_cse_in_rotherham highlights the failings to CSE victims in Rotherham from 1997-2013 This Panarama documentary from 2015 https://youtu.be/Wgi4b1X2dd0 highlights the absolutely disgraceful way the police and authorities dealt with the appalling child abuse in Rotherham. These grooming gangs are said to be operating in more and more towns throughout Britain with impunity, the government should set up a national task force and stop this horrific abuse of our girls. 2016 Theresa May promised she would denounce citizenship and deport any evil grooming gang members with dual citizenship, but that is not happening. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sex-abuse-gangs-face-being-7444956 https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/crime/2017/07/19/sexual-exploitation-victims-living-in-fear-say-telford-mp-/#PUtazzRTi3TmhKKf.99
Make it compulsory to have a mental health first aider at work #wheresyourheadat
When I was 10 I started having panic attacks. Not knowing what was happening, I went to the doctor and was wrongly diagnosed with asthma. They had overlooked that my symptoms could be caused by something mental rather than something physical. I didn’t truly get the help I needed until I was in my thirties – and in the meantime, I developed toxic coping strategies including an eating disorder which lasted 7 years. I think a big part of the problem was that the people around me - doctors, teachers, family and employers - didn't know how to respond or care for me as they would have done if my illness had been physical. I don’t want other people to suffer in silence as long as I did, so ever since I have been fighting to change our relationship with mental health - I’m a campaigner for better mental health support - and now I’ve joined forces in partnership with some of your favorite brands, from Heat magazine, Grazia and Empire, to Kiss FM, Magic Radio and Absolute Radio, to start this petition calling for all businesses and colleges to introduce mental health first aiders. The workplace is where we spend most of our adult lives but unfortunately it’s also a place that, in my experience, mental well-being is the most neglected. We feel the need to soldier on when we are struggling with mental illness in a way we never would if we had the flu or broken a leg. And this is reflected in our laws. Under the Health and Safety at work act, most workplaces have to train someone in medical first aid - it means if we come to work and end up getting hurt or sick, there’s someone that knows what to do. Unfortunately, despite statistics showing 1 in 4 of us struggle with mental health every year, most workplaces don’t have anyone on hand that knows how to help. Evidence shows the earlier a mental health issue - like stress, anxiety or depression - is detected the easier it is to manage and treat. By making it easier for people to talk about their mental health at work & and by training colleagues on site who know where to point people to get the help, we could dramatically improve the mental well-being of the country. Mental Health First Aid courses are available, and whilst most organisations don’t have them, those that do (like Unilever and Ford) have found them to be transformative. Please join me in calling on Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd to commit to updating the Health and Safety At Work Act to ensure that businesses have the same obligation to provide mental health first aiders as they do medical first aiders.
Help Jennifer stay in the UK with her family and continue doing valuable research
Dr Jennifer Wexler has worked at the British Museum as a Bronze Age archaeologist for four years and is married to my colleague Dr Sam Nixon. He excavates on some of the most exciting sites in Africa. The Home Office have said Jennifer must leave the UK and I’m calling for her to be allowed to stay. Jennifer is originally from the USA and the Home Office say that her application to remain has been rejected because she has spent too much time abroad. This time though was principally for her archaeological research, which was approved by the Home Office via a series of highly-skilled visas. By leaving, she would be separated from her husband of 3 years. The Home Office suggest that he also leaves the country with her, even though Sam is a British citizen, with no work permit for the US. The UK has been Jennifer’s home for over 11 years. Not only has her Indefinite Leave to Remain been rejected but so has her appeal. Her lawyer said she was “bewildered” by the Home Office’s refusal. And Jeremy Corbyn is also supporting Jennifer’s case by writing to the Home Office, saying the decision puts UK’s research reputation at risk. He said: “Dr Wexler is an obvious asset to the UK due to her expertise and education” and “This is far from a one-off case: there are many academics who have to travel overseas to properly conduct their research and the Home Office should be more flexible.” Archaeologists around the world are shocked and appalled that Jennifer and Sam are both being asked to leave the UK. We would end up losing two highly valuable members of the UK research and academic community, who contribute to UK society in entirely positive ways. Please sign and share this petition, so that the Home Office can see how many people consider Jennifer, and her British husband Sam, valued members of the United Kingdom and help keep them in the UK. Thank you! #KeepJenniferinUK Guardian article on Jennifer’s case: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/03/corbyn-visa-policy-puts-uks-global-reputation-research-risk BBC London News coverage: https://youtu.be/D39kL5ZaSRw
Ban plastic cutlery and straws in fast-food chains to protect our oceans and marine life.
Globally, we throw away 500 million straws a day and according to PlasticOceans.org, we dump 8 million tonnes of single-use plastic in our oceans yearly. Plastic cutlery and straws have an incredibly short usage time, yet take several 100 years to break down and decompose when they end up in our oceans. No marine species are safe from the toxic impact of the plastic that is heavily polluting our oceans. Straws and cutlery often end up in the digestive systems and in the noses and throats of our marine life, ultimately killing them and contributing to the depletion of already struggling species of fish and marine mammals. Multiple studies have also shown that we too are consuming the plastic fragments ingested by fish. Starbucks, McDonald's and Subway are giants in their fields. They have the power to lead the way in industry-wide change when it comes to the wasteful and toxic throwing away of hundreds of millions of pieces of single-use plastic DAILY. When they make the change, others will be encouraged to follow. If smaller, independent coffee and fast-food stores are able to use paper straws and biodegradable alternatives to plastic cutlery, huge companies like Starbucks and McDonald's most definitely can too. It is thought that if we continue on our current trajectory, by 2050 our oceans could hold more plastic than they do fish. We have to make a change NOW.
DEPORT OR DETAIN ALL PERSONS ON THE WATCH LIST!
I am not a politician nor a human rights activist. I'm just a scared mum. Ranting on Facebook won't get our voices heard. Im not a racist, I know the majority of Muslims are just as horrified as everyone else. Our country is being held at gun point by the minority of Muslims with an extreme view, living in our country expecting us to live by their extreme laws and innocent people are being savagely killed as a result. The fear all those innocent victims must of felt in their dying moments haunts me. My 13 year old daughter is scared to go on holiday. When I take my children out for the day I can't relax because I'm constantly on the look out for security, emergency exits and crazy people with rucksacks or weapons! I find myself constantly planning an emergency get away, just in case. We are a nation living in fear! The terror suspect watch list has around 3,000 suspects, most have a British passport. We need to take these people off of our streets the second they give MI5 reasonable cause for concern. The watch list is clearly not working. Research shows to fulfil 24 hour surveillance on just one person of interest would take around 20 people, that, on the basis of 3,000 terror suspects being watched, will take 60,000 members of staff. I propose we: 1. TPins (tags) have only been issued 7 times this year, Although an estimated 350 suspected fighters travelled back to the U.K. from ISIS, why haven't they all been issued a tag? I think ALL minor (if there is such a thing) Threats such as a suspects internet history, hate speech or travel history should be reasonable cause for the suspect to be issued a TPin. 2. Any person inciting, actively and publicly speaking of hate towards the British people, their morals, laws or the way they live or acting in a threatening manor i.e. Posting hateful propagander /threats to hurt, damage or kill should be deported or detained. So far what we are doing is clearly not working. Enough is enough, it's time for change. Some key questions that have been raised are, where do we detain them? How do we fund this? If you agree with this petition or have similar questions then sign the petition and let's get this into parliament so it can at least be debated. Lets get our voices heard! TAG, DEPORT OR DETAIN.
London needs an urgent plan to end knife & gun crime. Take action now!
Growing up in the forgotten areas of East London, some of my closest childhood friends have either been stabbed or involved in the stabbing of someone else. I felt powerless back then. I thought I was too young and ill-equipped to really do anything that could make a difference. Violent crime is making headlines right now, but for me has always been there. Such violence was the norm growing up and it shouldn’t have been. A decade after leaving secondary school, the problem is still there, and terrifyingly the data says that the problem is growing. The night before I wrote this (5/4/18) six people were stabbed in London in 90 minutes. Seeing the recent increase in violence and murders around London shows that not enough has been done to improve the lives of the forgotten people in our city. This is not just a London issue, violent crime is affecting many other cities in the UK. It feels like to those in power, some people’s lives don’t mean as much. Another death from knife or gun crime is treated as “just another statistic” and in doing so some are desensitized to the real meaning or gravity of another person's death and the direct impact these crimes have on the lives of a victim's family or the indirect impact it has on our society as a whole. It feels like authorities have forgotten the people dying are people’s brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, colleagues, cousins, friends. Victims like Iuliana Tudos, Kwabena Nelson, Leyla Mtumwa are real people who have had their lives stolen from them. After the sharp rise in acid attacks last year, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd produced an urgent action plan to tackle the problem. Right now, it is knife and gun crime in London that is killing and destroying people’s lives, we urgently need the authorities to step up and produce a similar plan to tackle it. It doesn’t feel like the Mayor’s Office or the Home Office are doing anything to help. And I have had enough. I have started this petition to urge Sadiq Khan and Amber Rudd to work together, and produce an urgent action plan for how they are going to stop stabbings and gun crime in our capital. This week Sadiq Khan has been using the hashtag #LondonNeedsYouAlive. If he really believes that I want to see him produce some urgent, concrete solutions. Please join me by signing this petition. Together we can make our voices heard. #LondonNeedsUSalive
Help Brian White remain in the UK to take his place at Oxford University
My friend Brian White moved to the UK aged 15 with his adoptive family after his British father, Peter White, decided to move back home. He has overcome so much adversity but now faces the risk of being returned to Zimbabwe instead of being allowed to take up his place at Oxford University.Having been abandoned as a baby, Brian lived in a Zimbabwean orphanage until the age of 6. The White family fostered, and later adopted Brian. Brian joined the family in Wolverhampton when he was 15 and given permission to enter the UK. At this point, he should have been granted Indefinite Leave to Remain by the Home Office, but was instead given Limited Leave to Remain. Brian's current difficulties stem from the handling of this decision. This only came to light as an issue when Brian's application to become a British Citizen by naturalisation was rejected, leaving any potential university applications in doubt. Immigration expert Louis MacWilliam has said to the press “On reviewing his papers it seems he should have been granted indefinite leave to enter at first instance and it is not clear why this did not happen.”Despite this, Brian carried on, studying for both his GCSEs and A-Levels at Highfields School. Although his A-Level results were outstanding (A*A*A*A), Brian was unable to take his place at Oxford because if you don’t have indefinite leave to remain you aren’t eligible to receive student finance. However, Oxford University, in recognition of Brian's achievements in the face of constant adversity, have kindly kept his place open for him. I have had the personal pleasure of knowing Brian since the start of 2013, having met him at school and quickly developing a close friendship with him. He is possibly the hardest working person I have ever met, but it is his enthusiasm to help those around him that I am inspired by each and every day. If Brian is not granted Indefinite Leave to Remain, the United Kingdom would not only be losing a potentially valuable future worker, it would also be losing a fantastic person who is just as much a part of British culture and society as you and I. Please help Brian's situation by signing and sharing this petition, in the hope that the Home Office see just how many people consider Brian a fitting and valued member of the United Kingdom. #GetBrianToOxford
Stop failing our children: I’m a #MumOnAMission to make childcare work
It’s easy to mistakenly think that headlines such as “4.5 million children living in poverty” and “lowest literacy rates in the developed world” can’t possibly be in relation to the UK but THEY ARE! I am a mother to a bright, beautiful and curious 2-year-old little boy. He can count to 10, he knows his letters of the alphabet, his colours and animals (especially cats – his favourite!) His is a face among the millions of children, just like him, that the UK is failing every single day, simply because of the circumstances he was born into that are beyond his control. I want to return to work and he needs and deserves to go to nursery like his peers and counterparts. But it isn’t always workable. With the introduction and roll out of Universal Credit, millions of families like ours are in this no-win position. For me to return to work full time, the cost of childcare is £1,500 a month. Even on a salary of £32,000 a year, after paying for childcare and other essential outgoings of rent and council tax we would be left with only £60 a month to live on. That’s £2 a day. Having recently missed out on my dream job offer, because we COULD NOT make childcare work, I know that policy and reality are often very different. When I did a better off calculation now that Universal Credit is active in my area, we will be significantly WORSE OFF, especially as a disabled single mother. I will have to pay for childcare upfront and wait weeks (or even months) to get some of the costs reimbursed. Having written to Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Mike Freer MP for Finchley and Golders Green to show them that WE ARE the TRUE face of child poverty and failing welfare reforms, I am now on a mission! My little boy has no voice in this debate. Yet arguably he pays the heaviest price of Universal Credit and welfare reforms. That’s why I’m a #MumOnAMission to make childcare work with your help. I’m calling on the government to make childcare more affordable for parents on low incomes. By signing and sharing our petition and sharing your story “We Can Do It!” and ensure this issue can no longer be ignored and urge parliament to make amendments to childcare through Universal Credit before it’s too late for a whole generation of our children. Thuto & Kayan