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Nicky Morgan MP

  • Secretary of State for Education

Nicky Morgan has served as Member of Parliament for Loughborough since 2010 and has been the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2014.

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Petitioning Caroline Dinenage, Nicky Morgan MP

Create a law to protect models from being pressured to lose weight!

I’m a 27 year old model, a clothes size 8. The girl in the picture is me. When I walked into one of the UK’s biggest model agencies last year they told me I ticked all the boxes except one -- I needed to lose weight. So I did. Four months later I lost nearly a stone, 2 inches off my hips. When I returned to the same agency they told me to lose more weight, they wanted me "down to the bone".When I look in the mirror I see someone that is healthy and comfortable in their skin. That’s because I had the guts to carve out my own path and refuse to let people pressure me into losing more and more weight. But with London Fashion Week the reminders are everywhere that we need a law to protect young girls, and boys, who are put under pressure to be dangerously thin.Modelling can be a very lonely place, especially for girls working internationally who are away from the usual support network of friends and family. When models travel overseas they are often put into shared accommodation with other models, and being surrounded by girls who are all striving to stay thin can perpetuate bad eating habits and encourage eating disorders. I’ve been on shoots for up to 10 hours where no food is provided -- the underlying message is always that you shouldn’t eat. The agencies managing and recruiting models have a responsibility to the wellbeing of girls on the catwalk at fashion week, and in the industry as a whole.France became the latest country to vote to criminalise the use of models who are dangerously thin. Those breaking the law face fines and up to six months in jail. And there is growing momentum for change in the UK - but we are still far from achieving a healthy standard for all models. The time is now for us all to come together. Please sign my petition to create a law to protect vulnerable young girls and boys in the industry.*Note: the fur in the image is fake fur! 

Rosalie Nelson
379,300 supporters
Petitioning Nicky Morgan MP

Add more female thinkers to the Politics A Level syllabus - Sign the petition!

The government has just announced plans to revise the Politics A-Level Curriculum. Feminism has been removed entirely, apart from a mention of the Suffragettes and Suffragists and the proposed curriculum only contains one female political thinker out of seven: Mary Wollstonecraft. The problem with erasing and writing women out of history is that we only get half the story.  When women are underrepresented in society, the government should be working to address this problem. As a young woman and student, it is imperative that girls and boys get the full picture at school, or we are doing them a disservice. It has been said that you cannot be what you cannot see. Female role models are important. Women like Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the theory of intersectionality, Catherine MacKinnon, an American feminist lawyer, Emma Goldman, anarchist and political activist, Audre Lorde, black feminist writer, Ayn Rand, novelist and philosopher and Simone de Beauvoir, French writer, political activist and social theorist. We must show women to be inspired by and be taught that the ideas of feminism and gender equality are important.  Earlier this year, Jesse McCabe used a petition to put women on the music curriculum. Together we can use public pressure to make sure that the same happens with the Politics curriculum. There is no excuse for this. There is no reason why the Department of Education and Ofqual shouldn’t get this right. Join me in asking that they change this, so that the curriculum reflects the work, thought and achievements of women. On social media, use #femalethinkers and let us know who your favourite female political thinkers are.

June Eric-Udorie
46,170 supporters
Petitioning Nicky Morgan MP

Stop the closure of St. Christopher's special needs school, Bristol

Please help to stop the closure of St. Christopher’s School in Bristol. Since 1945, St. Christopher’s School in Bristol has been providing outstanding education and care for children with severe and complex learning difficulties and physical disabilities. These children are very difficult to look after, as many are non-verbal and each child can display extremely challenging behaviours. Consequently, they always require high levels of support – frequently two adults to each child – plus the routine, care and continuity that can only be provided in a safe, calm and supportive residential setting. These children cannot be included in mainstream education. St Christopher’s provides care, education, 24 hour nursing, an on-site medical centre and a variety of therapies for some of the most vulnerable children in our society.  Staff always meet the needs of each child and establish loving, caring and stable relationships with them. This enables the children in their care to make amazing progress in their development and abilities. The school is facing closure in March 2016. There is no other educational provision of this quality within the region. If the school closes, the children will be relocated considerable distances, which will have a devastating impact on them and their families. These children have great difficulty coping with changes to their routine and they are settled and happy at St. Christopher’s. The wonderful, caring and supportive education at St. Christopher’s, as well as 70 years of expertise, will be lost forever if it closes. We must fight this at all costs. Please sign this petition to help save St. Christopher’s, for both its current pupils and those to come in the future.

Annette Maxwell
15,110 supporters
Petitioning Unique Access Medical, Ayuda en Accion, Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, María Carmen Álvarez-Arenas, Marine Le Pen, Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mark Zuckerberg, Nicky Morgan M...

Con tu ayuda volveré a caminar!!!

Mi nombre es Miguel Ángel Rivera.     Mi deseo más grande en la vida es volver a caminar, para demostrarle a mi hijo que en el mundo en que vivimos, aún  hay gente que desea y anhela ayudar a su prójimo, que cree qué aún hay un mundo mejor cuando te preocupas por las necesidades de aquel que pide ayuda!!    Soy una de las tantas víctimas que ha sufrido violencia en la Ciudad de México; un asalto a mano armada, disparándome en el hombro izquierdo, lamentablemente la bala entró a mi cuerpo, quemando mi médula espinal; dándome así la imposibilidad de caminar.    Hay un hospital en Bangkok Tailandia, Unique Access Medical, donde me he puesto en contacto con un representante y ellos podrían brindarme ayuda sometiéndome a un procedimiento quirúrgico para un dispositivo que me dé estimulación epidural y reconecte mi sistema nervioso!   Te estaré muy agradecido si pudieras tomarte el tiempo para que juntos, logremos cada uno poner ese granito de arena, que salga de tu corazón para que pueda volver a estar de pie, primeramente agradeciendo a Dios y Ti, esta oportunidad. __________________________________________ Gracias por tu donativo !!!  Queridos amigos:      Los saludo nuevamente, es increíble el número de firmas que se han logrado y el gran ánimo que recibo de su parte, pero ante todo, gracias por cada una de sus oraciones que elevan con fé y amor, verdaderamente siento el apoyo que hace que uno no se rinda ante las circunstancias! ....Seguro estoy que Dios derramará grandes bendiciones sobre cada uno de ustedes y les recompensará todo su esfuerzo.     Muchos de ustedes me  han sugerido que proporcione un número de cuenta a donde pudieran hacer algún donativo para lo que se ofreciese en lo que es mi cuidado y recuperación, como lo son medicamentos, terapias, bolsas de colostomia, ipafix, etc.     Les proporcionó este número de cuenta que está a mi nombre ;y de antemano reiteró de nuevo mi más sincero agradecimiento!     Banamex      No de tarjeta : 5204 1673 1346 3697      Miguel A. Rivera Durán  Bendiciones !!!   

Miguel Angel Rivera
8,173 supporters
Petitioning Nicky Morgan MP

@educationgovuk Introduce law requiring adults working with children to report alleged abuse #MandateNow

With our superb sister petition 'Daniels Law' which has done most of the 'heavy lift' in securing signatures, we are today 2/12/15 presenting the two under the single banner Mandate Now. We have over 200,000 signatures. Firstly the petition is being presented at No10 at 14.30 - then later in the afternoon the Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP. for Chesham and Amersham who is so supportive of Mandate Now, will be presenting it on the floor of the House of Commons. Here is a link to our Press Release. In future please follow us on twitter @mandatenow and our website: Mandate Now Our petition will shortly disappear having done an excellent job.  ________________________  If you work with children, and see one of your charges being abused or even raped, you might think you and your employer had a legal obligation to report it to the authorities. Not so. There is no legal requirement on anyone working with minors in England (Wales or Scotland) to report such incidents or concerns to the Local Authority Designated Officer  (LADO), children's services or in the event of a 'known' crime, the police.  We are seeking the introduction of law which requires staff in fall such settings which are defined as ‘Regulated Activities,’ [Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006] who know, suspect, or have reasonable grounds for knowing or suspecting child abuse, to inform the LADO (or in appropriate circumstances children's services) so that experienced and independent assessment is introduced immediately to ensure perpetrators are stopped as soon as possible. Here is our 5 Minute guide to Mandatory Reporting . Mandatory Reporting operates in the significant majority of countries on all four continents - it is England, Wales and Scotland that are out of step.    • A criminal sanction for failure to report removes any perceived need to weigh up whether the concerns reported are serious enough, or who to believe before having to decide what to do: the person reporting is freed from having to make complex judgements about who is telling the truth and they will know they are following and protected by the law when they report as opposed to whistleblowing - please listen to this chilling 2 minute audio file from BBC5 Live 'call in' about mandatory reporting.   The MandateNow website  provides our proposals in detail and brings you up to date on the significant political progress the campaign has made since it began. See - news Mandate Now is the political and legislative arm of Paula Barrow’s highly successful 'Daniel's Law' petition which shares our objectives for the introduction of Mandatory Reporting in all Regulated Activities. Please visit the Daniel's Law website here.   

MandateNow, Survivors UK, Respond and The Survivors Trust
7,433 supporters
Petitioning Jeremy Corbyn MP, Matthew Hancock MP, Nicky Morgan MP

Stop Pharmacy apprenticeships destroying the profession and increasing burden on the nhs

The employer led proposal to introduce apprenticeships to train up pharmacists, is both short sighted and farcical. The proposal tries to find a solution to a problem, which doesn't exist. There is currently a surplus in pharmacists across the profession and pharmacists are on the wrong end of the supply vs demand situation. Locum pharmacists have seen a 30% drop in wages over the last decade while cost of living and inflation has increased. Apart from that there are a multitude of issues in regards to the proposal. The pharmacy degree is a broad qualification, and it's adherents are more than just experts on medication. They are health care professionals, with vast knowledge on health care. This can be seen by the new roles in which pharmacists are thriving, such as advanced clinical practitioners, prescribing pharmacists and various roles across the primary and secondary care sectors. The proposal doesn't explain how this would be addressed.  Apprenticeships don't lend themselves well to this sort of qualification, apprenticeships are good for less fluid crafts and skills. And pharmacy as a whole requires alot more theoretical learning than that of which an apprenticeship can provide. This proposal if successful could possibly produce lower calibre pharmacists, who would then work across different sectors including primary and secondary care. And any substandard performance could lead to deterioration of confidence in pharmacists from other healthcare professionals aswell as the general public.  The proposal only benefits big chain corporate pharmacy chains, who rely on volume to generate revenue. This simply doesn't work in other sectors of healthcare, a substandard workforce would potentially mean increased work load on primary and secondry care. The exact opposite of what all stake holders bar the pharmaceutical companies want. Ultimately this decision would harm everyone (patients, pharmacists, other health care professionals etc). It only benefits the multiples. Please join me in signing this petition to give a strong voice against these proposals. 

Faisal Khan
5,785 supporters
Petitioning Jackie Doyle-Price MP

Depression to be taught in Secondary school

Physical education became compulsory in schools over 100 years ago and is continually being improved in terms of teaching children about the value of nutrition and exercise. However within my 18 years within education never was I taught about mental health issues such as depression.  Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration. 1/4 people suffer with a mental health issue such as depression in their life time, along with 50% of these people attempting suicide at least once within their life.  The best way to prevent suicide is through early detection, diagnosis and treatment of depression and other mental health conditions. However how is this possible if we aren't even taught about it in the first place. Although mental health support in schools is growing, this applies only for the children already diagnosed, rather than providing general menth health education for all pupils, this therefore leading to even further stigma around the whole topic. We should all be taught that feeling low or anxious is nothing to be ashamed about, maybe this would not only help children open up about how they're feeling but also start the prevention of it developing later on in life.   A child or young person with depression can have major problems in not only how they feel, but also on how they behave. This may cause difficulties at home, at school, as well as relationships with family and friends. The longer the illness continues without understanding the worser effect it can have on a child's life. Therefore educating them on depression could not only ease the effects it can have, but also possibly prevent it before it even arises.  All i hope is that the mental illness, depression can get put into the curriculum within compulsory subjects such as PD. Educating children on what depression is, how it can be caused, and how it can be treated. This could lead to reduced stigma, promoting early identification, and encourage early intervention. 

Amber Mckeon
5,727 supporters