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Nick Clegg MP

  • Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Nick Clegg is Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister. He was then elected MP for Sheffield Hallam in 2005, becoming Party Leader in 2007 and Deputy Prime Minister in 2010.


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Petitioning Ed Miliband

UK Party Leaders and Foreign Secretary: Nominate #Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize #Nobel4Malala

On October 9, 2012, 15-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in response to her campaign against the destruction of girls schools in Pakistan. In the face of terror, Malala risked her life to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere. Malala's bravery has sparked a global movement and we believe the Nobel Foundation should give her the Nobel Peace Prize. The first step in the process is to get Malala nominated for the prize and only certain people, like a national politician, can do this. That’s why I am asking UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander and the three main party leaders David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to nominate Malala. Malala doesn’t just represent one young woman, she speaks out for all those who are denied an education purely on the basis of their gender. I am one of those women. I was born in the UK but when I was 16 I was taken out of school, sent to Pakistan and forced into a marriage. While my friends completed their GCSE’s and A-levels I was trapped, afraid of what would happen to me if I resisted. Eventually, I managed to escape back to the UK and when I was 28 I was finally able return to education, but I still think about the years I missed. I also think about all the other girls in our communities today who are in the same situation. I know there are girls like Malala here in the UK.  A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for gender equality and universal human rights, including the right to education for girls. Worldwide support:This is a global campaign, calling on multiple countries to nominate Malala. While Tarek Fatah, the person who started the first 'Nobel Prize for Malala' petition, lives in Canada, almost half the people who have signed the petition come from countries around the world. Now people are setting up this same petition in their own country asking for their political leaders to come together to nominate Malala for the Nobel Prize.  The counter on this petition reflects the cumulative efforts of these petitions from around the world.  If you don’t have a petition in your country yet and you would like to start one, send Tarek a note at Nobel4Malala@gmail.com with your country in the subject line. Twitter Hashtag: #Nobel4Malala Canada Petition: https://www.change.org/MalalaGerman Petition: https://www.change.org/malalaspreisFrench petition: http://www.change.org/nobelpourmalala  

shahida choudhry
298,261 supporters
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Petitioning Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Theresa May, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Nick Clegg MP

Refuse visas for US 'gay cure' preachers & stop the 'Holy Sexuality Conference'

On 21st April The Seventh Day Adventist Church plans to bring three speakers from the US to London to run a 5-day conference 'for people that have struggled with same-sex attraction'. This conference will promote the dangerous view that homosexuality is something to be cured. It should not be allowed to take place in the UK. Speakers include Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison, who all claim to have been cured of their gay lifestyles and work to encourage others to reject homosexuality. Online videos show Mike Carducci describing gay people as 'sexually defiled'. The US speakers will use the conference to promote the dangerous idea that being gay is something that can be cured, through so-called 'conversion' therapy. The UK Council for Psychotherapy has described conversion theory as abuse. Just last week President Obama called for an end to 'gay conversion therapies', acknowledging the potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth. And Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: 'If anything needs curing, it is the outdated belief that being gay is wrong or something to be ashamed of. Sexuality is not an illness but an inherent part of who you are.' The Government has refused visas for preachers promoting discrimination in the past. Last year the Home Office denied a visa for so-called pick-up artist Julien Blanc to stop him hosting sexist seminars that promoted violence against women. The Government should give the same protection to gay men and women, and deny the organisers of this conference visas. There should be no place in the UK for people to teach that being gay is something that is wrong and should be cured. Please sign & share this petition to stop this 'gay cure' conference.

Omar Kuddus
39,836 supporters
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Petitioning David Cameron MP

UK Party Leaders and Foreign Secretary: Nominate #Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize #Nobel4Malala

On October 9, 2012, 15-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in response to her campaign against the destruction of girls schools in Pakistan. In the face of terror, Malala risked her life to speak out for the rights of girls everywhere. Malala's bravery has sparked a global movement and we believe the Nobel Foundation should give her the Nobel Peace Prize. The first step in the process is to get Malala nominated for the prize and only certain people, like a national politician, can do this. That’s why I am asking UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander and the three main party leaders David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to nominate Malala. Malala doesn’t just represent one young woman, she speaks out for all those who are denied an education purely on the basis of their gender. I am one of those women. I was born in the UK but when I was 16 I was taken out of school, sent to Pakistan and forced into a marriage. While my friends completed their GCSE’s and A-levels I was trapped, afraid of what would happen to me if I resisted. Eventually, I managed to escape back to the UK and when I was 28 I was finally able return to education, but I still think about the years I missed. I also think about all the other girls in our communities today who are in the same situation. I know there are girls like Malala here in the UK.  A Nobel Peace Prize for Malala will send a clear message that the world is watching and will support those who stand up for gender equality and universal human rights, including the right to education for girls. Worldwide support:This is a global campaign, calling on multiple countries to nominate Malala. While Tarek Fatah, the person who started the first 'Nobel Prize for Malala' petition, lives in Canada, almost half the people who have signed the petition come from countries around the world. Now people are setting up this same petition in their own country asking for their political leaders to come together to nominate Malala for the Nobel Prize.  The counter on this petition reflects the cumulative efforts of these petitions from around the world.  If you don’t have a petition in your country yet and you would like to start one, send Tarek a note at Nobel4Malala@gmail.com with your country in the subject line. Twitter Hashtag: #Nobel4Malala Canada Petition: https://www.change.org/MalalaGerman Petition: https://www.change.org/malalaspreisFrench petition: http://www.change.org/nobelpourmalala

shahida choudhry
298,261 supporters
Petitioning Tony Reeves, KATH O'DWYER, Joanne Roney, SARAH OBRIEN, JAN LEDWARD, Ian Williamson, JACKIE BENE, CLARE WATSON, SIMON BARBER, PROFESSOR STEVEN BROOMHEAD, Professor Craig Harris, Boris Johnson, Nick ...

Children with Tourettes in the North West have NO medical care - this needs to change!

There is NO pathway to diagnosis and NO care or support for children in the North West with Tourettes Syndrome. This means that: Children who are diagnosed with Tourettes have no on going medical support Children looking for a diagnosis have no where to turn Things you might not know about Tourettes: Did you know 1/100 people have Tourette Syndrome? – This is on a par with Autism. Did you know that Tourette Syndrome is not just swearing? – Approximately 10% of people with Tourette’s swear (coprolalia). Did you know that Tourette Syndrome can be incredibly painful? – Motor tics can result in strained muscles, ripped tendons, even broken bones. Did you know that Tourette Syndrome can affect your breathing? – Some motor and vocal tics result in people holding their breath, not being able to take a breath in, gasp for air. Did you know that children with Tourettes can be wheelchair bound due to drop tics Did you know that Tourette Syndrome isn’t just tics? – For many it is also intrusive thoughts (thought tics), impulsive tics causing very dangerous things, ADHD/ADD, OCD, Anxiety, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, RAGE, Sleep Issues etc. Did you know that people with Tourette Syndrome have tic attacks? – A tic attack is a combination of motor and/or vocal tics that can last from minutes to hours. They are exhausting, painful, and can look like a seizure. Throughout this experience the individual will be conscious and able to feel the pain caused by the tic attack but cannot stop. Did you know there is no cure for Tourette Syndrome? In some case’s tics can be helped with medications but there are no medications specifically for Tourette’s, these medications often come with side effects and are not suited to everyone. Did you know Tourettes can cause throats to bleeds due to the viciousness of the noises  Tourettes can cause pain every waking hour So, if Tourette Syndrome is this common and this complex there must be loads of help for people with Tourette’s, right? – WRONG! Yet there is NO medical care provided for these children! This is the case right now for children diagnosed with Tourettes in the North West. As a parent this is heart breaking, you want to help your child, you would do anything to get help but there is no help! Tourette’s is usually diagnosed by a neurologist. In the UK there are minimal specialist centres for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. There are currently only 3 Specialist Tourettes Centres in the U.K. - 2 in London and 1 in Sheffield. Alder Hey in Liverpool previously provided support for hundreds of children with Tourette’s Syndrome, unfortunately, the Tourette Syndrome specialist at Alder Hey Hospital ceased from March 2020; these patients have now been discharged from the service. Leaving them with no medical care. Families are being referred to local services for support; but guess what… across the majority of the UK there are no local services that assist patient’s with Tourette’s. CAMHS in St Helens, for example only deal with mental health issues, CAMHS in North Yorkshire will assess and diagnose ADHD etc. but they do not support the well-being and complexities of Tourette Syndrome specifically, so if a patient does not meet the full criteria for a co-morbid they will be discharged. At this point families will then ask to be referred to one of the specialist centres in either Sheffield or London. Sheffield have reached capacity and are no longer taking out of area referrals. This is affecting patients from the North West, Wales, and the North East. So this leaves the 2 centres in London, which have HUGE waiting lists. Travelling to London would require 2 days out of school, the cost of travel and accommodation and also a lot of stress and anxiety for a child who is already struggling daily.  This could all be helped by having a service closer to home. Lots of families have been refused referral to the specialist centres in London, meaning they have no care locally and also cannot get treatment further afield, leaving them with NO medical help what so ever! All these referrals and appointments waste the families time and the time and money of the NHS. If we just had a Tourettes centre in the North West, all of this could be helped. As a result children suffering daily are left with no care, leading to not only all the issues that come with Tourette’s but also mental health issues as their Tourettes is not being supported and managed. It’s appalling and heart breaking that so many families are suffering due to this! If all North West CCGs were to pull together and invest money we could get a specialist multi disciplinary Tourettes centre in the North West, meaning that families would not have to travel miles to get the care for their children and also meaning that the NHS would in the end save money, as endless unnecessary referrals to services that cannot help, would stop.  These children that are struggling daily, are being let down by the NHS and need your help to change this!  Not getting a diagnosis and not getting care and support for this condition at such an important age in their life can lead to life long behavioural and mental health problems, which can be alleviated by having medical care and support! Please help us by signing the petition. 

Emma Mcnally
8,505 supporters
Reunite Ashya with his parents!

I would just like to let you know that I fully support the campaign to see Ashya King reunited with his parents and my heart goes out to them all. Like any parent, I think it's awful Ashya is in a hospital on his own. It seems to me that Mr and Mrs King are in a state of great anguish and have taken this exceptional step of removing their child from hospital and going elsewhere because that's what they think is right for their child. We can debate whether we think that's right or not but that's clearly their motive and I don't think that kind of motive is the reason why we should be throwing the full force of the law at them. I can assure you I will add my voice to this campaign and do whatever I can to see Ashya reunited with his family. Best wishes, Nick Clegg

6 years ago