People across the UK will go to vote tomorrow and they can vote to save the NHS, from the profiteers and from the Tories who don’t care about the NHS.
Saving it from the crisis created by 10 years of cuts and privatisation, which has led to record waiting times, record staff shortages, and outsourced and privatised services being run for profit, not for patients.
And saving it from a toxic Boris Johnson - Donald Trump trade deal that would drive up the cost of medicines and lead to runaway privatisation of our NHS.
Public services like our NHS must never be bargaining chips to be traded away in secret deals. I pledge a Labour government will exclude the NHS, medicines and all public services from any trade deals – and make that binding in law.
And a Labour government will end the privatisation rip off that has placed our NHS at the mercy of companies like Virgin Healthcare who disgracefully sued the NHS because they failed to win a contract.
If elected on Thursday Labour will save our country's greatest institution.Read more
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Prime Minister of the UK, Rishi Sunak, ABTA , Theresa Villiers, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable MP, Debbie Goffin, Joe Thompson, Dr Mahesh Sharma
Above: a baby elephant beaten to the ground in the "training" process of pajan.
The plight of elephants in Africa is widely recognised, but far less is known of the even more desperate threats facing Asian (or Asiatic) elephants, whose surviving population is barely 5% that of African elephants, with numbers of Asian elephants declining from estimates of a million or more in the late 19th Century to scarcely 40,000 today. Save The Asian Elephants (STAE) is a not for profit association which aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian Elephants; working to end the terrible cruelty and brutal conditions suffered by this wondrous and ancient species. Young elephants are snatched from their forest homes to supply tourist attractions, temples and festivals. Capture from the wild often entails slaughtering the mothers and other herd members who attempt to protect their young.
PAJAN – THE BRUTAL ‘BREAKING IN’ PROCESSThe captured calves are isolated and then forced into a pen and tied with ropes to prevent them moving. They are deprived of water, food and sleep. Terrified, they are brutally, often fatally, beaten with rods, chains or bullhooks (a rod with sharp metal hooks at the striking end) and stabbed with knives and nails. This practice – “pajan” – is designed to break their spirits and brutalise them into submission.
We respectfully urge:1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end pajan and ensure the proper treatment of captive elephants. These magnificent creatures should either be released into the forests or kept in genuine sanctuaries.
2. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Former Prime Minister David Cameron to urgently fulfill their Government’s Manifesto commitment to “support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the Asian elephant”.
3. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to press its members including Virgin Holidays, to remove elephant attractions from their itinerary in India and the rest of Asia. Only visits to genuine sanctuaries and wildlife reserves where tourists observe elephants at a respectful distance (and do not ride them) should be permitted.Save The Asian Elephants now before it’s too late by signing our petition.
Find out more about Save The Asian Elephants at www.stae.orgLike us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on InstagramSee STAE's work
07/10/18: Thai elephant tourism hides abuse
07/08/18: Save the Asian Elephants charity hands Theresa May 200,000-name petition demanding action against cruelty
04/02/18: A-Law spotlight on Save The Asian Elephants
10/08/17: How You Can Help Save The Asian Elephants Mistreated For Tourism And On The Brink Of Extinction
04/08/18: Calls for ban on holiday adverts with elephant rides and circuses
16/04/17: CHAINED, TORTURED AND MENTALLY BROKEN FOR TOURISM We uncover the horrors of the Asian Elephants abuse industry, where beautiful animals are left dying in agony… and Brit tourists are to blame16/08/15: Tortured for tourists: Chained to the same spot for 20 years. Beaten into submission at secret jungle training camps. The terrible plight of Indian elephants by LIZ JONES23/08/15 Your roar of outrage for gentle giants: MoS readers' extraordinary reaction to abused elephants story
Thank you for your support.
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Save The Asian ElephantsLondon, ENG, United Kingdom
Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson, Nicola Sturgeon, Sian Berry, Adam Price, Ian Blackford
The body parts of lions killed in gruesome hunts are being bought and imported into our country as ‘hunting trophies’. To hunt these beautiful animals for fun is inhumane and wrong - but it’s also contributing to the rapid decline of lion numbers. That’s why I’m calling on lion trophy hunting imports to be banned immediately.
I lived and worked for two decades in several African countries to help the conservation of lions there and I’m now the director of Lion Aid. It pains me that their numbers continue to drop. The number of lions in Africa has decreased from over 200,000 to less than 15,000 within the past 50 years.
Most of the ‘trophies’ are male lions. This has a disastrous knock on effect, pride structures are disrupted, reproduction almost grinds to a halt as cub survival is severely affected, and mortality among females increases as they attempt to protect their cubs during encounters with more and more displaced males.
We must immediately stop our involvement in this cruel trade of lions killed for fun, like others around the world have. Australia, France and the Netherlands have already banned lion trophy imports. Why have we not yet joined them in doing so?
In 2010 and 2015 promises were made by British MPs about introducing a ban, but years later nothing has happened. Every single day we delay makes it more and more likely that we push lions towards extinction.
Please sign my petition calling on the UK to immediately ban imports of Lion trophies.Read more
5 Years rigorous imprisonment in a Indian Jail is the Sentence for 6 of our Brave British Veterans
In 2013 we started a petition after six British ex-soldiers were wrongly arrested and imprisoned without charge for straying into Indian waters without permission & carrying illegal weapons without licence by Indian authorities while working to protect merchant seaman in some of the most dangerous seas in the world.
After spending 9 months in prison and a charge finally being filed against them 3 months in, they were released on bail, and began to fight to prove their innocence, which they done successfully and all charges were dropped in July 2014 leaving them free to return home.
Unfortunately this was not the case. The Indian authorities held their passports and documents stopping them from returning home to their loved ones and denying their freedom. The Indian Q Branch police lodged an appeal to have their charges re-instated when a full trial was ordered by the Supreme Court. After a long and mentally torturing wait the trial began in September 2015 in the Magistrates court of the port where they were first arrested.
On the 11th of January 2016 our hearts sank, our brothers, husbands, Sons, and fathers had been given a Guilty verdict and sentence to 5 years rigorous imprisonment. Not one of us or the people involved could have saw this verdict coming. All the evidence to prove their innocence was submitted in court, the trial had gone in their favour from day one, and most importantly they were innocent! The devastation and anguish this has caused us, the families is huge. It has left us crushed and with little hope. We know have no communication with the men and We don’t know who or where to turn to. This is why we are asking you to sign our petition, to Free our men and end this miscarriage of justice.
We understand fully that one country cannot intervene in another’s judicial process, But when innocent men are being prosecuted for a crime they have not committed, then they should have a obligation to protect the human rights and freedom of these men and have them released and brought home. These men devoted their lives protecting others. They fought for the British government now the British government must fight for them.
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Yvonne IrvingStewarton, SCT, United Kingdom
Boris Johnson, UK Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, Ian Blackford
Did you know that the British Government doesn’t have a legal obligation to protect its citizens abroad? We didn’t either, until we had our loved ones unjustly stripped of their freedom, and we found out there were no guarantees our Government would help.
As a British citizen, you or your loved one could be away on a holiday, studying, on a business trip, simply visiting friends and family, or even living a happy life of retirement. Suddenly, your life could take a 180 degree turn, your freedom taken away and your human rights violated – just because. Meanwhile, there is no law to make sure that your Government will protect you. They could instead decide to stand by because for example, they don’t want to upset the country where you are being detained.
Right now this is reality for more than 2,000 British citizens, like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Jagtar Singh Johal, who are currently detained abroad. Over 1,000 of them are being held without a trial. Many have been unfairly convicted; many have been tortured or kept in solitary confinement; many have been deprived of their fundamental human rights – with no access to lawyers, medical care or support from a British embassy.
We are the British Rights Abroad Group (BRAG), a coalition of families of people from across the UK who are currently being unfairly held overseas or who have recently been released.
Our families have had to discover the Government’s lack of commitment to its citizens the hard way. When our family members were unfairly imprisoned the British government stood (and in some cases continues to stand) passively by, until we started speaking out and using public pressure to make them take action.
In some countries, like Germany, there are laws that ensure the Government does everything it can to protect their citizens in cases like ours. A law like this could have been a life saver for our loved ones.
So, we are asking Britain’s new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to lead an initiative in Parliament to make it a law for the British Government and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – to defend and protect the human rights of Britons abroad. We want to make sure that you and your loved ones won’t have to live what we have been forced to endure.
Please, sign and share this petition to demand that your government does more than what it “can” do and starts doing what it “must” do for your rights to be protected – regardless of who you are or where you are.
Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and father of Gabriella Ratcliffe
Daniela Tejada-Venegas, wife of Matthew Hedges
Yemisrach Hailemariam, wife of Andargachew (Andy) Tsege
Gurpreet Singh Johal, brother of Jagtar (Jaggi) Singh Johal
Yvonne Irving, wife of Billy Irving
Founders of British Rights Abroad Group (BRAG)
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British Rights Abroad Group BRAGUnited Kingdom
Boris Johnson MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Jo Swinson MP, Nicola Sturgeon MP
The Treasury vowed to axe the outdated and overtly sexist tax on tampons, sanitary pads and mooncups in January 2016. WE WON! By March we made history when Parliament accepted a tampon-tax-ending amendment proposed by the amazing Paula Sherriff MP. Following Brexit complications, this amendment will be implemented by 2022 at the very latest. That sucks. But we're on it! We've launched a new project called 'Period Watch' to keep an eye on the Government and SMASH the period taboo in the meantime! Our new petition can also be signed here to help reduce this deadline date. Period!
We need to make sure we no longer tax period products on luxurious, “non-essential” grounds, but not helicopters, the maintenance of our private jets, or crocodile steaks. Even President Obama has coined the tax 'shocking' and 'unfair'.
If you value the functioning of those who menstruate at least as much as you enjoy your flying crocodile Fridays then sign our petition and join our campaign. Help to put an end to the marginalisation of issues traditionally associated with women by demanding a zero tax rate for sanitary products.
Periods are no luxury. You can ‘opt-in’ to extravagance. You cannot choose to menstruate. Despite this, a whole heap of disadvantages have been created for those who do. Not using sanitary products can lead to health risks, jeopardise maintaining a normal, professional or personal life, and result in public ridicule. Equally, by using sanitary products, our Government capitalises on misogynist discourse and period shame that has caused us to fear our own menstrual cycles. It’s a double-edged sword that cuts women on both sides.
Tax allocations should expose the needs of society as a whole, and the needs of those who menstruate as well as those who don’t. Because we care about these people, this campaign was made in support of tax allocations representing them and reflecting something that is vital.
Philip Hammond, sanitary products should join your list of essential, tax exempt products, which include “helicopters” (and “aircraft repair and maintenance”), “alcoholic jellies” and “exotic meats including crocodile and kangaroo”. While we can live without flying our own private helicopters, we cannot live without the public participation of those who menstruate, which is dependent upon the accessibility of sanitary products.
We hope you support and join our campaign!
Find us on Facebook or Twitter for more information. We would love to hear form you. #EndTamponTax
Sister petitions:Axe #TamponTax before 2022!End Period PovertyDrop Period Prices
Stop taxing periods around the world, and join our sister campaigns!Active campaigns:Australia: http://goo.gl/AcHazaFrance: http://goo.gl/vp8v6MGermany: https://goo.gl/AOZdVMHomeless shelters: http://thehomelessperiod.comItaly: https://goo.gl/ZqEhQLMalaysia: http://goo.gl/50BRJsSouth Africa: https://goo.gl/O0TtILUnited States of America: https://www.change.org/p/u-s-state-legislators-stop-taxing-our-periods-periodThe World: http://goo.gl/QPlwer
SUCCESSFUL campaigns:Canada: http://goo.gl/icmA9x
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Extra information:After the UK joined the Common Market in 1973, a 17.5% sanitary tax was introduced. It was justified when Parliament classified sanitary products as “non-essential, luxury” items.
After years of hard work, in 2000 Labour MP Dawn Primarolo (who we are working closely with on this campaign) announced that during the following year sanitary tax would be reduced to 5%. She explained the reduction was “about fairness, and doing what we can to lower the cost of a necessity”.
EU law has prevented sanitary products from escaping tax entirely. Following the Union’s decision to standardise tax across the continent, no separate member state can revise VAT allocations without the EU’s permission. For this reason, hopefully with the backing of Westminster, we hope to convince the European Parliament that this is an important issue worth revising, too.Read more
Laura CorytonOxford, ENG, United Kingdom
Ian Blackford, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Jo Swinson, Caroline Lucas, Nigel Farage, Jeremy Corbyn, Ian Blackford, Nigel Dodds, Adam Price
Hi, my name's Ben and in January 2018, I lost my younger brother, Sam, to suicide. He was just 15. That year he was one of 1,866 men under the age of 35 to die from suicide in the UK [Papyrus]. No one should ever have to experience the loss and confusion of losing someone to suicide and I hope that, with your help, this petition can save at least one family the awful pain I've had to and continue to face.
In the UK, the most likely cause of death for a boy in a classroom is suicide. We spend a large amount of time at school as young people and I believe that teachers must be trained to be able to spot the signs of someone struggling and know how to help them get the support they need.
Currently, the Government runs an initiative which selects a small number of staff members to take time out of their day to attend a course. Their aim is to achieve one 'mental health first aid trained' teacher per school. When I posed this to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, he agreed with me that this was not sustainable or effective. In response to my point that this training should be a mandatory part of teacher training he said it was “vital”. You can watch the conversation here.
Since going to Downing Street to deliver the petition personally to the Prime Minister we have not seen any change. Following the Coronavirus Pandemic, mental health support is going to be more important than ever before. That's why I'm calling on the government to commit to their promise of introducing legislation to create a new teacher training standard which requires teachers to have a knowledge of mental health.
If you believe we need to do more to prevent young people losing their lives to suicide, please sign and share this petition.
People have often referred to my generation as snowflakes. Well, if we’re snowflakes, then let this be the avalanche.
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Ben WestLondon, ENG, United Kingdom
Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Ed Davey and Sal Brinton, Adam Price AM, Sian Berry and Jonathan Bartley, Nigel Farage
I was 16 years old at the 2015 general election. I couldn’t vote but I was frustrated that the election results didn’t reflect how people voted, so I started this petition for a fairer voting system.
Four years on, I am continuing to campaign for a voting system which ensures that all votes count. I want to be able to vote for whichever party I support without being scared of ‘wasting my vote’ or ‘letting the other side in’. I want a vote that counts.
The 2019 General Election again resulted in an unrepresentative Parliament that fails to represent all British voters. This must be the last election ever held under the archaic First Past the Post system.
At the election, 56% of people voted against the Conservative Party, but they now have a large majority of MPs and almost absolute power. Meanwhile, 15% of people voted for the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the Brexit Party, who received just 2% of MPs. Clearly, FPTP has failed to represent voters.
These distortions are even more stark when you look at nations and regions of the UK. The SNP won 81% of MPs in Scotland with just 45% of the vote. The Conservatives won every single MP in Surrey with just 54% of the vote. First Past the Post worsens the divides in our country and society.
The First Past the Post voting system is undemocratic and dramatically distorts the results of our elections. Politics doesn’t have to be this way - we want real democracy!
Clearly, First Past the Post is broken. It does not represent voters or produce effective government. Fortunately, there is an alternative.
Around the world, over 80% of developed democracies use some form of Proportional Representation. Proportional Representation (PR) simply means an electoral system in which seats closely match votes. If you win 10% of votes under PR, you should win close to 10% of the seats.
The evidence from academics shows that this is a far more effective way of electing MPs. PR means politicians are forced to work for everyone, not just marginal voters in swing seats. This means PR countries tend to have higher voter turnout, better representation of women in Parliament and higher satisfaction with democracy. Better yet, this translates into concrete policy outcomes. PR countries have lower income inequality, lower levels of poverty, and are more likely to take action to tackle the climate crisis.
What can I do to help?
We are building a grassroots movement to change the voting system. After 2015, when I started this petition, I helped co-found Make Votes Matter, the campaign for PR in the House of Commons. We have made so much progress since 2015, but we need your help.
Already, all of the British opposition parties aside from Labour have signed up to changing the voting system, and Labour is on the verge of committing to reform. Local activist meetings have been changing MPs’ minds, one by one.
We know we can convince politicians when we have public pressure behind us, so please sign and share this petition to send a message to whoever is elected on December 12th - we want Proportional Representation.
Together we can keep this issue at the top of the agenda. If you’d like to join thousands of us all over the country who are taking action to make votes matter, sign up at www.makevotesmatter.org.ukRead more
Owen WinterTredrizzick, ENG, United Kingdom
The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport
On 10 November 2012, just after 8pm, I left my friends' house in northwest London, a happily married 33-year-old father. It was then that I heard my wife, Desreen, speak her final words: ‘I’m so proud of him,’ she said of our two-year-old son, Jackson. Seconds later a car mounted the pavement and struck Desreen. It was a pensioner who’d mistaken the accelerator for the brake, and was going 54 miles per hour in a 20 zone. In that moment I became a widower.
The judge who sentenced the 85-year-old driver who killed my wife said; ‘An elderly driver who knows, or should acknowledge, that he or she is losing his or her faculties is no less a danger than a drunken driver who knows the same.’
I agree, that's why I've started this petition calling for people over 70 to undergo compulsory retesting to keep their driving licence.
Right now when drivers turn 70 they can renew their licence every three years by filling in a self assessment form. No one assesses an older person’s driving skills or reactions, no one checks their eyesight or hearing, no one sees if their reactions are still sharp enough to stop in an emergency.
Despite this, some officials are recommending that in order to save costs, people shouldn't have to renew their licence until they are 80.
I know the human cost of unfit drivers on the road and I never want anyone to go through a tragedy like the one that has decimated my family.
So I am asking you to sign and support my petition for the Secretary of State for Transport to introduce compulsory age-appropriate retesting every three years once a driver turns 70.
In the longer term, the Government should be making plans so they can support the mobility of elderly people, whose response rates are proven to diminish with age, not simply by keeping car keys in their hands, but through improved public transport, infrastructure and inclusion. Please help me with this.
Benjamin Brooks-DuttonLONDON, ENG, United Kingdom
Michael Gove, UK Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Theresa May MP
UPDATE: Michael Gove has promised to make “any necessary changes” to UK law to recognize that animals can feel pain, however we can't trust that we will get the animal rights that this country wants until something is in law. We need to keep up the pressure on the Government to ensure animal sentience is put into law.
Under EU law all animals are considered sentient (meaning they are beings that feel pain). This law is there to protect the welfare of animals. MP Caroline Lucas had submitted an amendment clause (NC30) to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which sought to transfer the EU Protocol on animal sentience into UK law, so animals continue to be recognised as sentient beings under domestic law.
Not allowing this amendment could see animal welfare go backwards instead of forwards allowing unethical exploitation of animals for hunting, battery farming and inhumane slaughtering for food.It flies in the face of commonly held scientific belief that animals do feel pain and have emotions.
This is not a matter of left or right wing politics it's about protecting animal rights and coming together to ensure that animals maintain sentient status in UK law, to protect animal welfare. As Ben Fogle said "dogs are much smarter and more emotional than politicians believe them to be." The UK is still among the highest animal testing nations on the planet with 3.9 million testing procedures carried out here in 2016. Regardless of what has been claimed about how good our animal laws are we are ranked the 7th highest animal testing nation. I do not trust that the animal welfare we are petitioning for will be delivered by our government without the EU Protocol on animal sentience as a basis for improving animal welfare laws moving forwards.
"There can only be one reason to deny animal sentient status, and that is to exploit them"http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/tory-mps-animal-rights-eu-feel-pain-fake-news-fox-hunting-conservatives-guido-fawkes-a8072046.htmlRead more
Joe FaulknerOxford, United Kingdom
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
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. Read more