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Amber Rudd MP

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MP for Rye & Hastings


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Petitioning Amber Rudd MP, UK Parliament

Prohibit the purchase of Acid to those without a licence

Acid attacks have become rife in London and all over the United Kingdom. This year the number of attacks doubled. Too many families and individuals are suffering and falling victim to this grievous and criminal act. On June 21st Resham Khan, pictured above, was driving in a car with her cousin. Out of nowhere they were attacked with acid. They’ll both have scars that will never leave them. Their lives have been changed forever. An attack like this could happen to anyone.  It is about time that the law changes for the purchase of corrosive substances - right now you can buy it easily from any hardware store if you are 18 and over.  Corrosive acids like sulphuric acid are very lethal and life damaging substances. You should only be allowed to purchase corrosive substances with a licence to buy. The person purchasing should go through checks so their details are held on a database or hold a licence. Imagine how many attacks would be stopped if there were controls that made it harder to buy, and meant we knew more about people buying it? Acid attacks have become too common, the Home Office needs to do something to bring it under control. It is a disgusting criminal act. We need licensing laws now to deter this from happening. Please sign this petition to convince the Home Office to take action.

Sarmad Ismail
539,261 supporters
Petitioning Jeremy Hunt, Jon Ashworth, Amber Rudd MP

Please save my son Alfie by allowing him to legally use medical cannabis!

My six year old son Alfie has a very rare genetic epilepsy condition called PCDH19. It causes clusters of seizures which are unresponsive to almost any medications. He can have up to 30 violent seizures a day. It’s so severe that he had 3000 seizures in one year and ended up in hospital 48 times.The only legal medication in the UK that helps are steroids. But they are toxic to the body, especially when used regularly. If we continue giving them to Alfie there is a high likelihood he will develop psychosis or his organs will fail. Last year, in desperation, we travelled to Holland where doctors treated him with cannabis oil. Miraculously, with a dose of three drops a day, Alfie didn’t have a seizure for 27 days. He's only had 2 seizures in the last two months. Dutch doctors say that cannabis oil could get his seizures down from 30 a day to twenty a year. My baby went from a death sentence, to the prospect of a normal life, with school, friends and fun. But that prospect could be taken away now we are back in the UK because here the use of medical cannabis is illegal. I don’t want to have to break the law so I am pleading with the UK Government to make an exception for Alfie and grant his doctor license to prescribe medical cannabis so Alfie can live life carefree, without constant seizures and ploughing of steroids. Making an exception for Alfie doesn't have to open the floodgates - Alfie is the only boy in the UK that has this condition. We are working with End Our Pain (https://endourpain.org/ to get a better life for Alfie and hope this will lead to help for other children who need to try this medication. To legalise the use of medical cannabis would enable the quality and consistency of products to be properly controlled, would create a new industry and more jobs, raise taxes, lower crime rates and result in fewer people struggling in hospitals to be well, or being preyed on by unscrupulous online sellers. We assess the saving to the NHS from Alfie’s case alone to be over £100,000 and up to 150 paediatric bed days. It’s a no-brainer! Getting Alfie treatment could be the first step to making medical cannabis accessible to others in need. We urgently need the public to make noise to make that happen. Alfie has been through more than most people go through in a lifetime. He deserves to have a wonderful life full of joy. I just want Amber Rudd and Jeremy Hunt to understand this isn’t about the wholesale legalisation of Cannabis. This is about weekly trips to A&E, watching my son have seizures, watching him turn purple, and praying that he lives to see another day. Please sign and share this petition and help me make our family’s only wish come true. And please like our Facebook page Alfie's Hope for all updates on Alfie's journey. Thank you x

Hannah Deacon
222,923 supporters
Petitioning David Lidington, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP

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

Elizabeth Survivors
209,526 supporters
Petitioning Amber Rudd MP, home office

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

Andrew Wilson
177,479 supporters
Petitioning Starbucks, McDonald's, Theresa May MP, Amber Rudd MP, Ed Miliband, Claire Perry MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Sadiq Khan, Subway, Michael Gove, Greg Clark MP

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. 

Kirstie Brittain
158,646 supporters
Petitioning Amber Rudd MP, Theresa May MP

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.

Chelsea woodrow
129,978 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The Home Office, Amber Rudd MP

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

Luke Wilcox
111,912 supporters
Petitioning home office, Amber Rudd MP, Theresa May MP, Caroline Nokes MP

URGENT: Stop Deportation of Reza Maghsoudi (age 27)

Reza is a shy young man, who at the age of Thirteen (13) escaped the War in Afghanistan, trekked across Iran, Turkey and through Europe to England; where he arrived alone and with nothing but a handful of photographs.  He’s built a life here but has been forced into a detention centre and could be deported to Afghanistan at any time. I have come to know Reza through the wide circle of friends he has built in Salisbury who were distressed at his treatment and his threatened deportation.   Reza was born in 1990 in Afghanistan, close to the border with Iran.  His family were of the Hazara ethnic group - a group that has been systematically oppressed and massacred by the Taliban. From this place of persecution and murder Reza escaped alone for the hope of freedom and life in England. Despite having no family to return to in Afghanistan, and despite having been in the UK since he was a child, and despite being a Hazara Shia Muslim at risk of murder by the Taliban, he has been refused asylum, been placed in detention and could be deported without your help! Now 27 years old, he has friends in England. He went to college, in Croydon, studying Mathematics and English, and was apprenticing voluntarily as a Tailor in Salisbury (Wiltshire) at no cost burden to the state, before he was arrested at a scheduled case meeting for deportation. I met with him in Tinsley House (Immigration Removal Centre), and had a really good conversation and took him some personal items; including some books by American author George R. R. Martin, which he had been reading. Please sign this petition to change the decision to deport Reza and have him granted asylum. Reza’s Case ID: 014978534

D Thomas-Bennett
83,250 supporters
Petitioning UK Home Office, Keir Starmer, Amber Rudd MP

Give Natasha the right to stay in the UK with her husband of 5 years!

Aidan met Natasha in 2011 when he moved to London. The next year they married, and built a life together. But two years ago, Natasha who is originally from Canada, had her spousal visa renewal refused. We campaigned and managed to stop immediate deportation but now she could be forced to leave. Please sign this petition to help keep them together in the UK. Aidan is my friend who I met 12 years ago in the music community, so when I heard that they were being threatened with being torn apart, I started this petition. We need to keep up the pressure until Natasha gets the right to stay. Natasha cares for Aidan daily due to a serious illness that he is fighting. He is diagnosed with nerve damage caused by a prolapsed disc and degeneration of his spine. He’s suffered from minor pain up to full blown partial paralysis of one side; Natasha has stood by his side providing him with financial support and a lot of loving care to help him get back to good health. His poor health has prevented him from working full-time, though when possible he’ll do an the occasional gig. He also has Asperger’s Syndrome which is exacerbated by the attempt to deport Natasha. The Home Office do not deem Aidan's illness as severe, despite notes from doctors and hospitals proving otherwise. And despite their income being over £25k a year (well over the £18.5k threshold), it is not deemed as acceptable – because some came from Natasha’s self-employed roles and Natasha's family during a difficult time. We petition Amber Rudd and the Home Office to reverse their decision to deport Natasha. Natasha and Aidan are inseparable, completely reliant on one another, and deeply in love. This decision is destroying them, and Aidan's health is already being severely affected by it. The Home Office should not be able to separate legitimate, loving couples who, until they were told the truth about Aidans entitlement last year, had never turned to the state for financial help.  Please sign and share this petition https://www.gofundme.com/natasha-stevens-legal-fees-for-visa 

Cinnamon Francis-Burnett
81,289 supporters
Petitioning home office, Amber Rudd MP

Please, let Ahmed finish his PhD in the UK

My name is Alvin and I am asking you to help me. My colleague and friend Ahmed is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the University of Sheffield.  After completing a Masters at the same University he started his doctorate but he is now in a position where he might not be allowed to continue his studies Ahmed is from Mosul, Iraq, a city torn apart by the presence of ISIS, he has lost his dad and his family has been greatly affected by the occupation. He was detained for ten days by the Home Office, treated like a criminal, with limited facilities. His case is still not certain - and we still fear he may be deported. Ahmed applied for an PhD extension but before the University could finish processing this request he was detained by the Home Office... He is facing deportation at any time. All his friends and colleagues know him for the kind-hearted person he is, a selfless friend who has always been there for everyone, in any circumstance.   Let's support him by asking Amber Rudd and the Home office to reconsider his case and allow him to complete his studies.  Please consider donating on the crowdfunding page to help Ahmed with the solicitor costs, estimated to be £15k by the lawyers. Thank you so much!  

Alvin Pastore
68,119 supporters