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Boris Johnson

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MP for Uxbridge, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and former Mayor of London (2008 - 2016).


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Petitioning Theresa May MP, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, David Cameron MP, Boris Johnson

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 Boris Johnson to use his power and intervene.

Richard Ratcliffe
3,472,571 supporters
Petitioning Patrick Verwer, British Transport Police, Boris Johnson

Justice for Belly Mujinga.

This petition is managed by Lawrence Davies (Equal Justice solicitors) on behalf of Lusamba Katalay, the husband of Belly Mujinga. Original petition 12/5/2020: This petition exists to help to find and bring to justice those responsible for the death of Belly Mujinga who died of COVID-19 two weeks after allegedly being assaulted at work by someone who said he had the virus. We believe that this cruel and senseless act of unprovoked violence ultimately likely led to her death at the hands of this relentless virus as well as the serious ill-health of her work colleague, Motolani, who was present with Belly at the time of the assault. We know how important employment is right now and most particularly the ability to be able to travel when necessary. Many essential workers rely heavily on public transportation to get to and from work, in particular trains, the tube and buses as they provide near 24/7 access to services we as a nation need most right now. These services are vital for essential workers whilst within this global pandemic. Whilst we are grateful for their continuous existence in this difficult time what we must not forget is that whilst we utilise them there are individuals on an alternative frontline, like Belly who ultimately risk their lives to keep these services running smoothly. Belly, her colleagues and her family deserve justice. There are serious questions that need answering and changes that must be implemented in order to prevent deaths like Belly’s happening again. Belly suffered from an underlying respiratory condition but despite telling her family she “was scared for her life”, Govia Thameslink Railways, her employer, decided this was not reasonable grounds to reduce her contact hours and allow her to work behind a protective screen, stop her working directly with passenger flow on Victoria’s concourse or provide her and her colleagues with adequate effective PPE. Govia Thameslink simply stated “PPE for our staff was not required”. The trade union, TSSA, reported the assault on Belly, namely being coughed and spat on at work, to the employer. PPE might have protected her. She should have been provided with it. This lack of protection is negligent and is a dangerous precedent that cannot be continued, the risk is simply too high. By signing this petition you are helping to call on Govia Thameslink to provide an explanation as to why Belly was still working in direct contact with general public passenger flow whilst as her employer, they were likely aware of just how serious the risk of exposure to COVID-19 was to her, as an individual with a respiratory underlying health condition. We must also know why staff members were not provided with adequate PPE whilst interacting with members of the public, as we may never unfortunately know if this could have saved Belly.  We also ask British Transport Police to swiftly seek to identify the individual who assaulted Belly so he can face legal repercussions. London Victoria is one of the busiest stations in London, and highly likely to still have a consistent public presence due to essential workers who commute into the city. Whether it be via independent investigation or CCTV it is imperative that this individual does not get away with assaulting a dedicated, selfless individual who was simply working to keep the nation moving in such a stressful time. Nobody deserves to be assaulted at work, your employer should protect you. It would be an injustice that an act of violence so spiteful and humiliating goes unnoticed or ignored legally. Belly was a vital essential worker but that was just her job. She was a mother, wife, sister and friend to many and her story is although upsetting, not likely individual in nature. If we are able to protect doctors and nurses we must seek to put measures in place to adequately protect those individuals that make their journeys to work where necessary, possible. All frontline workers within Transport for London and their umbrella companies should be recognised equally and PPE should be a necessity, not a luxury. UPDATE 22/10/2020: In light of new developments and the closing of the British Transport Police’s Case we are now calling for:  The Prime Minister to establish a public inquiry as to the circumstances that led to the death of Belly Mujinga, including the alleged covid coughing/spitting assaults on her and the extent to which her conditions of work at Govia Thameslink Railway contributed to her demise. More generally, it should examine whether the alleged inadequate health and safety work conditions that BAME/frontline workers like Belly have faced during the covid-19 pandemic, may have led to, or contributed to, the disproportionately high level of BAME deaths from covid.  For the Coroner to establish an Inquest as to the circumstances that caused the death of Belly Mujinga  We hope this will provide us with the answers into Belly’s death that we have so far been denied.

Lusamba Katalay
2,098,907 supporters
Petitioning Matt Hancock, Boris Johnson, NHS

Test frontline NHS staff for COVID-19 as a priority.

I have a dilemma. I have a cough. I’m a junior doctor, currently working in an emergency assessment unit. My cough is minor, and it’s March, so quite common to get a cough... but how do I know it’s not COVID-19? The truth is I don’t. So now I have to ask... do I stay off work for 7 days, leaving a shortfall of staff and putting further strain on the already strained NHS, when the likelihood is that I don’t actually have COVID-19? OR, do I go to work with my minor cough (as I would normally) and risk potentially spreading COVID-19 to all of the sicker patients I see on a daily basis?  This same dilemma is being faced by ALL NHS workers, including the cleaners (who are the unsung heroes in all of this!) Currently, tests are only being done on patients who require hospital admission. This virus will cause minor symptoms for most people, and relatively young and healthy staff are most likely to fall into that category. The issue is the patients we treat are not healthy, they are frail and vulnerable. Ask yourself this- if your loved one needs hospital care for a condition not related to Covid-19, would you want them to be treated by staff who are likely infected with it? If not, please help us out here. We WANT to stay in work. We are YOUR National Health Service. We are proud to serve but we need some common sense here... I am petitioning for prioritisation of testing for NHS staff... so that those who need to stay away do so, with a clear conscience, and those who can work can do so, with a clear conscience. 

Rebecca McCauley
1,514,173 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson, UK Parliament

Introduce ‘Helen’s Law': where hiding a body, preventing a burial and obstructing a coroner become criminal offences - with ‘whole life’ tariffs

To lose a loved one is devastating. To lose a loved one to murder is horrific. To be denied their funeral causes unimaginable suffering. I have endured this nightmare for almost 28 years. Ian Simms is serving a life sentence (on overwhelming forensic evidence) for the murder of my daughter Helen McCourt, aged 22, on 9 February 1988, in Billinge, Lancs. For almost three decades Simms has refused to reveal the whereabouts of Helen’s body – denying us the chance to grant her the dignity of a funeral and resting place.The case made legal history as only the third ever UK murder trial without a body. Sadly, as killers go to ever-desperate lengths to hide evidence and evade justice such cases have become more common. Without stiffer penalties they will continue to rise. In January 2016 a Parole Board will decide on Simms’ application for freedom. As it currently stands, the English legal system does not require a convicted murderer (at the end of their determined tariff) to admit guilt or reveal the location of a victim’s remains before being released. If parole is granted, my hopes of finding my daughter may never be realised. No other family should live this ordeal.I, hereby, petition the Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Sajid Javid to acknowledge the pain and distress caused to the families of missing murder victims by: Denying parole to murderers for as long as they refuse to disclose the whereabouts of their victim’s remains Passing a full life tariff (denying parole or release) until the murderer discloses the location (and enables the recovery) of their victim’s remains Automatically applying the following rarely-used common law offences in murder trials without a body*; preventing the burial of a corpse and conspiracy to prevent the burial of a corpse, disposing of a corpse, obstructing a coroner (*as in the case of R v Hunter, 1974 (from Archbold, Criminal Pleading Evidence and Practice 2015) Denying a funeral is, surely, an infringement of basic human rights. Please support me. Picture by Chris Neill

Marie Mccourt
758,102 supporters
Keep a fair wind in our sails and save sailing for all the community from DSWC!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Westferry Printworks planning application PA/15/2216 and in particular its potential impacts on sailing conditions in the Millwall Outer Dock. As you are aware a Representation Hearing was held at City Hall on 27 April 2016 where the Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning, Sir Edward Lister, after hearing representations including those presented on behalf of the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre Trust (DSWCT) and considering the Greater London Authority (GLA) Hearing Report (D&P/3363/03), decided to grant planning permission for the proposed development. In making his decision, the Deputy Mayor delegated authority to his planning officers to secure additional financial mitigation towards the impacts on the sailing conditions in the Dock. This decision was based on the appreciation of the wider planning benefits of the development, but also in recognition of the increased operational costs associated with a new pontoon configuration as set out within your representations. With regards to the additional mitigation, Greater London Authority officers are currently finalising this through further discussions with the applicant and DSWCT. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

5 years ago
Transport for London must publish sexual assault & fraudata for taxi and private hire NOW!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about fraud and sexual assault crime data. By way of clarification, the data that you refer to is held by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), not Transport for London (TfL). The information shared by the MPS with representatives from the taxi and private hire trades was taken from provisional police data of all sexual assault allegations in the last 12 months made to the police where a taxi or private hire driver is alleged to have been the perpetrator. It also gave an indication of the number of arrests of taxi drivers, as well as licensed and unlicensed private hire drivers. Due to the complexity involved in determining whether confirmed sexual offences were committed by unlicensed or licensed taxi or private hire drivers, or any details of how the victims were approached, the MPS is unable to provide a definitive breakdown of cab-related sexual offences by type of vehicle or driver for reporting or publication. TfL is now working with the MPS and the City of London Police Service to collate and publish the total number of taxi and private hire related sexual offences, which will be published online as soon as possible. TfL has also approached the MPS and City of London Police about publishing the data for fraud offences within the taxi and private hire trades. Discussions with the respective police forces are ongoing before making a decision on whether this data should be released publicly. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

5 years ago
Stop mini holland in Chingford and Highams park.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. The Mini-Hollands programme is a key part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision to achieve 1.5 million cycle trips around London every day by 2026. The significant £30m investment in each of the three Mini-Holland boroughs allows them to create a network of key cycle routes while improving the public realm and town centres. The Mini-Hollands programme is a fantastic opportunity for these boroughs to achieve dramatic change – not just for cyclists, but for everyone who lives and works there. This continues to be the aim for the three schemes that are currently being implemented, including in Waltham Forest and Chingford. In Waltham Forest, although the programme is supported by Transport for London (TfL), responsibility for the development and delivery of the projects that comprise the overall programme rests with the London Borough of Waltham Forest as it is the decision- making authority. However, TfL retains an ongoing oversight role to ensure that Mini-Hollands funded projects are high-quality, deliverable and align with the programme’s objectives and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Waltham Forest consulted residents extensively on all of their projects, including trial road closures. It circulated 4,000 household surveys and held resident and business workshops and drop-in sessions. As you may be aware, Waltham Forest faced a judicial review regarding the Walthamstow Village project, which found in favour of the borough. The result of this review shows that the consultation exercise was thorough and robust. Statutory consultation has also been undertaken with stakeholders, which included emergency services and disability groups. The results of this consultation showed that only a minority of respondents were opposed to the changes. Waltham Forest is currently developing proposals for Chingford and Highams Park as part of its Mini-Hollands programme. Perception surveys were carried out with local communities in March and April, with design workshops also taking place to inform proposals before a round of public consultation is undertaken in early summer 2016. Public consultation is undertaken over a number of weeks to provide residents the opportunity to express their views on the projects. Consultations are led by Waltham Forest, and further details about the projects are available on the Enjoy Waltham Forest website at www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk. In order ensure that your voice is heard in the planned consultation you are encouraged to contact Mark Bland, the Programme Manager for the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. Waltham Forest is directly responsible for the development of projects as well as the consultation and decision-making processes. Mr Bland can be contacted by email at Mark.Bland@walthamforest.gov.uk. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

5 years ago
Get rid of Mini-holland

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme. The Mini-Hollands programme is a key part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision to achieve 1.5 million cycle trips around London every day by 2026. The significant £30m investment in each of the three Mini-Holland boroughs allows them to create a network of key cycle routes while improving the public realm and town centres. The Mini-Hollands programme is a fantastic opportunity for these boroughs to achieve dramatic change – not just for cyclists, but for everyone who lives and works there. This continues to be the aim for the three schemes that are currently being implemented. In Waltham Forest, although the programme is supported by Transport for London (TfL), responsibility for the development and delivery of the projects that comprise the overall programme rests with the London Borough of Waltham Forest as it is the decision- making authority. However, TfL retains an ongoing oversight role to ensure that Mini-Hollands funded projects are high-quality, deliverable and align with the programme’s objectives and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Waltham Forest consulted residents extensively on all of their projects, including trial road closures. It circulated 4,000 household surveys and held resident and business workshops and drop-in sessions. As you may be aware, Waltham Forest faced a judicial review regarding the Walthamstow Village project, which found in favour of the borough. The result of this review shows that the consultation exercise was thorough and robust. Statutory consultation has also been undertaken with stakeholders, which included emergency services and disability groups. The results of this consultation showed that only a minority of respondents were opposed to the changes. Turning to your idea of dedicating the pavement on one side of the road to cyclists and the pavement on the other side to pedestrians, this may have unforeseen impacts, including businesses on one side not attracting the same amount of customers as the other. On this occasion it may not be possible to take your idea forward but Waltham Forest welcomes all ideas. The Programme Manager for the Waltham Forest Mini-Hollands programme is Mark Bland and he can be contacted by email at Mark.Bland@walthamforest.gov.uk. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

5 years ago
Let Students Express Themselves!

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about letting pupils express themselves through dress. The Mayor is a big supporter of encouraging young people in London to explore their identities and build confidence and commends your work to promote student views. If you want to find out more about why some schools have uniform policies, and how you can work with your school about theirs, this guidance from the Department for Education may be useful www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-uniform. Whilst the Mayor does not have any authority to influence individual school uniform policies, his education and youth team does work with schools across London to see how programmes and teacher training can support young people to develop their confidence and express themselves. The Peer Outreach Workers and Lynk Up Crew are groups of young people who work with the Mayor to address issues facing young Londoners. If you are interested in getting involved you can find out more on the City Hall website at: www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/peer-outreach-team. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

5 years ago
PRIVATE HIRE SHOULD PAY CONGESTION CHARGE IN LONDON

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the number of private hire vehicles (PHVs) on London’s streets. The Mayor agrees with petitioners that more must be done to tackle the growing number of PHVs in central London. These vehicles are significantly contributing to a number of challenges, including increased motor traffic congestion, illegal parking and poor air quality. Currently, if an applicant meets the statutory eligibility criteria, Transport for London (TfL) is legally obliged to issue a licence. The Mayor has been in discussions with the Government to provide further legislative powers to TfL to cap the total number of PHVs in London. The Government has been reluctant to pursue such legislation. Petitioners may be pleased to know that, as an alternative measure, the Mayor has instructed TfL to look into the impact and feasibility of removing the Congestion Charge exemption for PHVs in central London, as suggested by petitioners. Following TfL Board approval, new operator licence types will also be introduced to minimise the number of PHVs on the road. These new licence types will account for larger operators, who will be charged more to cover the extra licensing and compliance costs to TfL, while encouraging operators to be as efficient as possible. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

5 years ago
A Bakerloo Line extension into South East London via Peckham Rye to Lewisham.

Dear Petitioners Thank you for your petition in support of a Bakerloo line extension in south-east London, via Peckham Rye to Lewisham. The option for a Bakerloo line extension was considered as part of an assessment process for the Bakerloo line extension that Transport for London (TfL) carried out in 2015. The Options Assessment Report was published in January and is available to view on TfL’s website at: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/tube/bakerloo-extension. TfL is currently looking to develop an extension to Lewisham, via the Old Kent Road and New Cross Gate, to support new housing opportunities presented by the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. The next steps will allow TfL to safeguard any land required in the future, ensuring that construction can start should the necessary consent and funding be secured. A second phase of the extension, which goes further into south east London, to Catford and beyond, will be further considered. This has the potential to improve public transport access in south-east London beyond Lewisham. The report also looked at the route alignment suggested in your petition. It concluded that the alternative route option via Peckham Rye would cost more, have a longer journey time, and enable lower levels of new development. TfL will also be working with other parties such as Network Rail on long-term efforts to improve rail services, including in South East London. You may have seen that the Mayor and Secretary of State for Transport recently published proposals to increase the role that TfL plays in rail services in London, building on the success of the London Overground. You can find out more in A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the South East, which is available through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/493754/dft-tfl-rail-prospectus.pdf. Thank you again for your petition. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

5 years ago
Review of disability benefit to include long term and terminal illnesses

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about a review of disability benefit to include long term and terminal illnesses. The Mayor of London is committed to the challenge of creating a fairer and more cohesive society for current and future generations of Londoners. The GLA works to minimise disadvantage, maximise opportunity, and ensure equal treatment for all Londoners through its Equalities strategies and the London Health Board. Some of our work with disabled Londoners includes: regular engagement meetings with deaf and disabled organisations to ensure effective input into areas including transport, health services, housing and London’s built environment. Further information can be found here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/communities/communities-london-how-were-improving-equality/deaf-and-disabled-communities. The Mayor of London’s powers do not extend to welfare reform, which is a matter for national government. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

5 years ago
Rename Olympic Stadium to Payet Arena

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about renaming the former Olympic Stadium. The former Olympic Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a multi-use venue, and whilst West Ham United’s tenancy will help to secure a long-term future for the venue, the Stadium itself remains a public asset and does not belong to the Club. UK Athletics are also a tenant and events have already been scheduled for this year, including the London Anniversary Games and a sold out AC/DC concert. The Stadium is a public asset, and is owned by E20 (a joint venture between London Legacy Development Corporation and the London Borough of Newham). E20 want to ensure the best possible deal for the taxpayer and are seeking a naming rights partner; E20 expect to receive significant income from a naming rights deal which in addition to concessionaires and events will also help to secure the long-term financial sustainability of the venue. For this reason, the naming of the Stadium will be dependent on a suitable and appropriate naming rights partner. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Officer Greater London Authority

5 years ago