Jeremy Corbyn MP
- Leader of Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn MP is a British politician who is Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition.
Jeremy Corbyn MP
- Leader of Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn MP is a British politician who is Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition.
Free Nazanin Ratcliffe
My wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37 year old charity worker, was on holiday visiting her family in Iran. She was at the airport returning to the UK on the 3rd April when she was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. She has been transferred to an unknown location in Kerman Province, 1,000 kilometres south of Tehran, and is being held in solitary confinement. Gabriella Ratcliffe our 22 month old daughter (who has British citizenship only) has had her British passport confiscated, and is stranded in Iran with her grandparents. Nazanin has not been allowed to access a lawyer or her daughter. She has not been able to call out of the country to speak to me, her British husband, and the Red Cross have not been able to make contact. There have been no charges. Nazanin has informed her family that she has been required to sign a confession under duress, its content unknown. Her family have been informed that the investigation relates to an issue of ‘national security’. It is hard to understand how a young mother and her small child on holiday could be considered an issue of national security. She has been to Iran to visit her family regularly since making Britain her home. Nazanin currently works as a project manager for the Thomson-Reuters Foundation; which delivers charitable projects around the world. It does not work in Iran. Nazanin has now been in solitary confinement for over 30 days. Please help bring my wife and daughter home by signing my petition calling on our Prime Minister Theresa May to use her power and intervene.
Petition to End the Cruel Treatment of Elephants in India - by Save The Asian Elephants
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 Theresa May and Former Prime Minister David Cameron to urgently fulfil 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. http://stae.org
Free the 6 British Veterans from Indian jail #CHENNAI6
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. https://www.justgiving.com/freesgo6 Text FSGO66 £1 to 70070 if you wish to donate to our fund
Make votes matter in general elections - we want proportional representation
This General Election must be the last one to use our archaic First Past the Post voting system. 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. Two years on and I voted for the first time - but my vote didn’t matter. I want to be able to vote for whichever party I believe in. I don’t want to be scared of ‘wasting’ my vote or ‘letting the other side in’. I want a vote that counts. The only fair and democratic system of electing MPs is one that matches seats in Parliament to how people voted - Proportional Representation. Our weak and wobbly voting system has given us a coalition of chaos - the DUP and Conservatives - formed without the support of most voters. Strong and stable majority coalitions are the norm in most developed democracies. Coalitions can mean collaboration and cooperation, working together to solve problems. But they only work if they are based on majority support from the population. At this general election, the Green Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP won 11% of the votes but now make up just 2% of MPs. A vote for the Scottish National Party was worth 18 times as much as a vote for the Green Party. UKIP won half a million votes but no MPs. The First Past the Post voting system is undemocratic and dramatically distorts the results of our elections. First Past the Post is clearly broken. Labour is on the verge of committing to reform. All the other opposition parties are already in favour. And yet some in the Conservative Party are intent on blocking any attempts to change the system. Worse still, their manifesto even committed to extending First Past the Post to the London Assembly. This is a cynical attempt to rig the system in their favour. We have to act now to save our democracy. Please sign and share this petition to send a message to the new government - 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.uk
Introduce compulsory age-appropriate retesting every 3 years once a driver turns 70
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. Thank you, Ben
Repeal the government decision to exclude animal sentience in the EU Withdrawal Bill
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.html
Save our students. Make Mental Health First Aid a compulsory part of teacher training
Hi, my name is Ben and in January 2018, I lost my younger brother, Sam, to suicide. He was just 15. I sat on my bed that Sunday evening, unaware that only a few metres away from me my brother was about to take his own life. I heard screams through the headphones and ran upstairs at 21:30. I carried out emergency resuscitation for almost half an hour before the mass of emergency services arrived. 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. As part of research into ways of helping young people suffering with mental health conditions in schools we found that staff are generally not equipped to deal with problems faced by some students as they don't have the knowledge to do so. Very few staff members have mental health first aid training of any level. That's why I'm calling on the government to train teachers in mental health first aid so that they have the tools and knowledge available to help if they do feel they should step in and start a conversation. Mental health first aid would be a very cost effective and simple session to run which outlines potential problems faced by students and offers suggestions to staff on what to do. It would also advise staff on who to contact about the student to start putting into place the support they need as quickly as possible. There are so many teachers who are capable of dealing with physical medical emergencies, it’s about time that the same can be said for dealing with mental health problems as well. Most schools have a single specialist physical first aider as well as having a mass of teachers with knowledge of first aid. I don't think an epicentre of mental health support is the right way of dealing with the issue, instead we should a more broad knowledge. Making the training compulsory may seem excessive at first but we now live in an age where three students per class have a diagnosable mental health condition . There are 4 schoolchildren lost to suicide every week . And the rates of depression and anxiety in young people have increased by 70% in the last 25 years . So, I wholeheartedly believe, this isn't an excessive measure to be taking, it's a desperate one. Please sign and share my petition. Visit our Instagram pages - @iambenwest and @team_walk2talk  mentalhealth.org  papyrus.org  thesamwestfoundation.org
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.
Make NHS workers parking free and pay off their parking fines
NHS staff should not have to pay to park outside the hospitals they work in, they should not be a cash cow for private parking firms, NHS staff with current outstanding parking fines for parking at work should see their fines paid by our Government whilst you look at new legislation to make parking free for the whole of Britain http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-nurse-hospital-parking-tickets-university-hospital-of-wales-cardiff-indigo-park-services-150000-a7845126.html
Demand a public, independent enquiry in rising hate crime & bullying in UK Schools #Jamal
ProblemThe horrific videos of Syrian refugee students, Jamal and his sister being attacked on Almondbury school property by fellow students have quite rightly caused public outrage. Jamal's attacker was found to have links to right wing terror groups profiteering from inciting racial hatred. Exposing the bullies mobilised the British community to rally support for Jamal and his family. Media coverage faciliated a swift turnaround of events with the bullies being charged five weeks after the initial incident took place and the survivors in this incident being removed from daily harassment and torture. The story could have ended very differently had it not received global coverage. Sadly, the number of children and teenagers self harming or committing suicide is at an all time high. One study found that 22% of young people who had committed suicide were bullied. Racial hate crime in schools is under reported. Better training is needed for staff to recognise, address and escalate the issues to safeguard all children equally. Despite Jamal having had his arm broken and his sister attempting suicide by slashing her wrists, both siblings endured another five weeks of humiliation at the hands of their bullies.Solution Children who are subject to hate crime, daily humiliation and degradation by their peers should be protected by robust safeguarding policies subject to constant review by the school governing body, local authority and implemented by staff. Jamal and his sister were failed by a system that was slow to address the reality of their suffering. After having endured war and displacement fleeing their home country, this school should have been a place of protection and safety. A public, independent enquiry is required to identify systematic failures that allowed Jamal and his sister to endure constant threats, physical harm and humiliation over such a long period of time. This should include leadership staff at Almondbury School, Ofsted inspectors, local council and the police response. A review of current safeguarding measures must include how to better identify signs of right wing extremism and the correct referral pathways for such behaviour. Better collaboration and information sharing between schools, Ofsted, local councils and police is required to facilitate escalation for serious incidents. This should include better monitoring of students deemed to be at risk of accessing extremist literature or visiting extremist websites. The mother of the bully in this case had also been to court for racial abuse. Agencies need to work together to identify minors at risk of being radicalized by family members. Improve support systems within school and access for confidential reporting by young victims of hate crime and bullying to a designated and trained staff member. More frequent and thorough Ofsted inspections for schools with a track record of bullying and failure to protect students adequately. Personal storyI'm Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar. I first shared Jamal's story in the public sphere because I was appalled at Jamal's trauma, the inadequate response and feet dragging that had occurred in this case. I work with a number of Syrian refugee families in Huddersfield and have advocated for Syrian refugee rights through my work in the humanitarian sector since the war began. While I am overwhelmed and delighted with the outpouring of love and hope the British people have shown for Jamal and his family, I know we can't stop here. There are many other children who are being bullied across the UK daily. This has to be tackled better. Every child that commits suicide as a result of bullying is one too many. I believe that every child has the right to feel safe and have the opportunity to fulfil their dreams and purpose without fear. Hate crime must be rooted out everywhere- but especially within our youth. If we don't take evasive measures now- we face an epidemic of divisive, intolerant and destructive individuals that will seek to reverse the diverse beauty of our community and social cohesion. We can't let that happen. Education is key. Especially for bullies.