Andrew Stephenson MP
- Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament for Pendle
Andrew Stephenson MP
- Member of Parliament
Member of Parliament for Pendle
Reopen Burnley A&E Or Increase funding for Urgent Care
Burnley A&E was closed down and the people from Burnley, Nelson,Colne, Padiham, Clitheroe, Whalley, Cliviger and Sabden now have to use Blackburn A&E. The time it takes to get to Hospital has quadrupled. Waiting times have increased and nurses, doctors and staff are overworked. Every day we are hearing about people who have lost loved one to mistakes made at Blackburn and the horror stories about people waiting on gurneys in corridors (some having suffered heart attacks or strokes) still not getting to see a doctor. The people of Burnley and surrounding towns deserve better. and who ever is in charge needs to find out why Burnley A&E was closed down, Where have the funds gone and what if anything can be done to either.1) Open up A&E2) Fund and improve facilities at Urgent Care to help ease the pressure at Blackburn A&E
Resign Cllr Rosemary Carroll
The Pendle Conservative Party today decided to reinstate Cllr Rosemary Carroll, after she was suspended from the Conservative Party in June 2017 for sharing a racist 'joke', which compared Asians to 'dogs' and said that this would be an automatic right to claim benefits. Racism has no place in our political discourse, and she should have resigned back in June 2017, but didn't. She is still censored from all committee's on Pendle Borough Council until November 2018. However, at the local election count today, the Pendle Conservatives reinstated Cllr Rosemary Carroll so that they would have enough Tory councillors in order to take overall control of Pendle Borough Council as they knew that the council would continue to be in 'no overall control'. The new leader of Pendle Council, Paul White, was pictured with Rosemary Carroll smiling with his arm around her only minutes after. This desperate power grab shows how low the Conservatives are willing to go in order to gain control, and they have also shown they are willing to rely upon racists in order to do this. When the incident occurred, Cllr Joe Cooney (the Tory leader at the time) stated that "we will not tolerate racism in any form. Rosemary Carroll has been suspended". Yesterday, when the new Tory leader was asked about her reinstatement he said that the post was shared "in error". Let me be clear, racism is not made by mistake or in error, it is calculated. Brandon Lewis, the Conservative Party chairman brought out the 'respect pledge' for Conservative candidates - which after recent events, seems to have been abandoned, given that Mr Lewis praised the Conservatives for taking overall control of Pendle Council - by reinstating the racist councillor. This petition calls on Cllr Rosemary Carroll to resign her seat (Earby Ward) on Pendle Borough Council, and calls on the Conservatives to expel her from the party for good.
Vehicle thieves need to suffer as much as the victims do!
Too many vehicles are stolen without "Just" consequences! I propose that we change the way this is dealt with. Firstly all of the financial hardship that the victim suffers should be passed onto the one who has caused it. Nobody should have to suffer due to the actions of others Any rise in insurance premiums should be passed on to the convicted thief and paid back via forced labour where they will be able to pay back their debt and also learn valuable skills that may even reduce the chances of reoffending. If somebody steals a vehicle belonging to someone else they should be solely responsible for the replacement or repair including any recovery costs suffered. Any property in the vehicle at the time should be replaced by the offender to the full value. Prison does not help it makes people worse. I propose that forced work with full time hours (or a heavy deduction in wages from their current employment) would be a more appropriate consequence until the victim is payed back in full. Too many people can pick out their local bike or car thief in the area. The police have lost touch with the community and need to re-establish this as in some cases they have even been contacted advising of "the local thief's" current location and cannot do anything due to "lack of resources". They have taken possession of something, that somebody else. Had to work for; and make sacrifices in their own lives! just to have it taken away? I would like to call for the UK Parliament, The Sentencing Guidelines Council and the Ministry of Justice to look into changing the way theft is treated universally and take these points into consideration for each crime committed while they revisit their procedures on this crime that has destroyed so many lives.
'Virtual Fences' in the UK to Lessen Roadkill and Human Traffic Accidents
ProblemIn 2016-2017 it was reported that more than 3900 animals were killed on the roads in the United Kingdom (Confused.com, 2018). This is 3900 too many. Even more so when you take into account that this only the animals which are reported as roadkill. Have you ever reported roadkill which you've seen? No. Therefore, this number is likely to be much, much larger. Road signs such as, "Animals Crossing" are not effective- drivers simply ignore them. Speed bumps don't work either as they disrupt traffic and result in NIMBYist feelings. However, there is a solution, and it comes from Tasmania...SolutionIn Tasmania, on one stretch of road, there are 'virtual fences', which detect car movement, and animal movement, and when they correspond to one-another, lets out a high frequency sound and flashing lights- which is completely inaudible, and invisible to the driver. This results in the animal being "spooked", and not crossing the road, or it does cross, just when it is safe to do so.Too many people have crashed, or died, in their cars by trying to avoiding wildlife. This simple tool will help to reduce this. In Tasmania this device reduced roadkill by 50%- so fewer animals died, fewer cars were crashed, and fewer people died- a mutually beneficial device to prevent unnecessary deaths.#DontBeOnTheFence Please Share this petition in whatever way you can: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, word of mouth, so that one day this will become commonplace in the UK. If you want to learn more about the 'virtual fences' information can be found at: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/australia-virtual-fence-roadkill/ or... Fox, et al., (2018), Roadkill mitigation: trialing virtual fence devices on the west coast of Tasmania, Australian Mammalogy, https://doi.org/10.1071/AM18012 Personal storyMy name is Sam, I am 20 years old, and am currently studying Geography at university. I wanted to set up this petition because when I saw this idea I thought that it should be utilised everywhere- not just hidden away in Tasmania. If it can reduce road traffic accidents, or roadkill even slightly then surely it would be a success?
changes for special needs children
Hi all i am from the westmidlands UK and im a mother to a 5 year old sweet boy with complex learning difficulties, We need loads more funding and understanding for children with all different special needs. More time in mainstream schools & more teachers training on special needs kids! We need more special school opening and time spent on our children just like the rest do, im so saddened by this it breaks my heart to know our children are suffering how about in 5-10 years time the next generation of children are going to suffer immensly due to this something has to be done NOW. Nevermind trying to pass our children off as naughty or cant be bothered to teach them so they end up in limbo like a pru with no formal education again due to no special school placement for children with no formal diagnosis, i am a mother of a special 5 year old boy whos going through hell with himself trying to get him where he needs to be! Like many others we need extra funding in order for our children to get the education they all deserve. Its been going on too long now something needs to be done i want to get as many signatures as i can to forward to the SEN department and above goverment for there understanding that us as parents simply cant keep going through hell all at the mercy of endless paperwork. We need them to listen to us parents as we know what's best for OUR CHILDREN not them! We need more special schools opening and training as theres a big rise in new cases and nowhere to place our children, please help by signing lets get our childrens voices heard Thankyou
Plastic bottle deposit scheme in the UK to encourage recycling
Many countries have a bottle deposit scheme. This means you pay a small deposit for the bottle packaging at the shop and, if you return the bottle later, you can get that deposit money back again. It works a little bit like the 5 pence charge on plastic bags, except, in this case - you can get the money back if you recycle! I experienced this when I lived in Germany and it works for a number of reasons: 1. It encourages recycling. In 2017, of the 38 countries that have this scheme, return rates were as high as 95%. (See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxeWGVsm818) 2. It's great when you get a little money back! 3. Homeless people and anyone strapped for cash help out. Though I hate to think people are using this as their main source of income, it does work towards solving the environmental issue. People would actually come up to you and offer to recycle the bottle for you. 4. Supermarkets get customers coming back to their stores because often the bottle deposit machine is placed inside their stores. 5. It stops plastic bottles entering our oceans which is better for marine life and also for your beach holidays. So why don't we have this in the UK? I'd like to know because, Greenpeace shares, 35 million bottles get discarded every day in the UK. Please sign this petition to create change and stop waste. It's easy to be sceptical about how much a petition can really change things but: - this petition will be shared with many politicians, courtesy of Change.org - this petition will also encourage the University of Nottingham to trial and showcase how a plastic bottle deposit scheme could work for the rest of the UK. - If you want to see some examples of petitions that were successul in creating change, go to: https://www.change.org/en-GB/victories I also encourage sign Greenpeace's petition on the same topic, to create double the impact: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/s/bottle-deposit After researching the pros and cons of this scheme in other countries, I have developed a list of solutions to potential problems the UK may face when developing this scheme. Hence, this petition: 1. Does not support the collection of the bottles by any means that is not sustainable. (I.e. they must, for example, be collected by cars powered by electric made by a renewable source, or, by cycling couriers) 2. Supports including an option to give to charity on the machine. Upon every return machine there is a button which you can press which gives the money to charity instead of to yourself. For this, you don't get a reciept. They have a system like this at a university in Scotland and this lessens the amount of receipts printed. (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Se-eWJcogQ&list=WL&index=96&t=1s) 3. Supports having a receipt-free machine. Rather than a receipt, this petition supports the money coming directly from the machine to stop wasting paper. 4. Supports a policy whereby those companies which are contributing highly to plastic waste, they must account for the cost of the deposit the customer would usually pay themselves. I.e. If company wants to sell their product in a completely non biodegradable plastic, they cannot demand that the consumer pay the deposit. Then, the customers simply get extra pocket money for recycling it. For every apparent problem, there must be a way of finding a solution! I'd love to hear other people's suggestions. :) Cheers for reading!
Change the law as to when and to whom fireworks can be sold.
Shops and supermarkets are selling fireworks far too early. Fireworks in this country are a tradition of November 5th to celebrate guy Fawkes. Many areas of this country are experiencing fireworks as early as September continuing through to November. For people with pets, farm animals, small children and also wildlife this is very distressing. I believe that sales of fireworks for this purpose should be limited to maximum 5 days prior to the event by law. Also if fireworks are to be purchased for any other event then permission should be granted by a local council or police, and local communities informed. As a pet owner I feel very strongly on this issue, and also for parents of small children, or children with a disability who this constant barrage of fireworks affects greatly.
Scrap driver CPC
Driver CPC is nothing but a rip off, it might be used for the EU, but not for England, and as we are leaving the EU this should be scrapped or at least made optional so those that wish to drive within the EU can do the 35 hours and pay the money, but those of us that don't need and/or want it aren't obliged to do it, it's just a rip off money mailing scheme from the government. Sign this petition and help me encorage Teresa May to get something right about BREXIT and actually help England and give us what we want.
Stop Scotland having another referendum against the will of the majority
Sturgeon will not accept the majority of voters in Scotland wish to stay part of the U.K. Help stop us being dragged against the will of the majority into another referendum. We voted 55% to 45% to remain in the UK. The debate is settled. It was a once in a lifetime referendum.
Make Christmas a holiday 364 days a year
Everyone loves the joy of the Christmas holidays. Families in pajamas in front of a roaring fire. Mistletoe hanging from bright red ribbons. Trees and tinsel and catmint tea... Why let such a perfect holiday only happen on one day? Let’s write to our congresspeople, senators, Members of Parliament, Members of the Legislative Assembly, Peers of the Sovereign, and every other political representative we can think of, and demand as politely as possible that Christmas be made a legal holiday 364 days a year! (Obviously, the final day should be reserved for Boxing Day, because everyone needs a break the day after Christmas. And without Leap Days, what would be the point of February?) It isn’t easy being a Christmas cat in a pumpkin spice world. But together, we can save Christmas, and bring the wonder of the most magical time of year to each and every day. Sign the petition. Bring Christmas back. Take on pumpkin spice! And remember — Tis the season. You can read all about where I got the idea for this petition: https://medium.com/@CryptoKitties/sign-santaclaws-christmas-petition-9a8a4bca012d