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Sadiq Khan

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Mayor of London, elected in 2016 and former MP for Tooting.


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Petitioning Westminster City Council, Sadiq Khan

Don’t let the Duke of Westminster demolish our homes!

We are the residents of Cundy Street and Walden House and we need your help!  The property group Grosvenor, owned by the Duke of Westminster, wants to demolish our homes. This will destroy our community and uproot us from our homes.  The Duke of Westminster owns more land than the Queen. He is the richest landlord in the UK with an estimated wealth of £9 billion, which at the age of 28 makes him the richest person under 30 in the world. He does not need to do this to us. We are a community that have been living in this area for over 40 years. Young families who have children that attend the local church school, elderly residents that should not be worried about losing their homes but rather be enjoying their retirement, single parents, and families that have been living here for generations. We are a community, we live amongst friends and family and now face the possibility of having our community fragmented and destroyed.  Walden House is owned by Grosvenor, but historically has been leased to Westminster Council for council housing provision. Grosvenor are now cancelling the lease and plan to demolish the building. The Cundy Street flats are a mixture of affordable and market rent accommodation next to Walden House. Many of the residents are elderly and have lived in the area their whole lives. These too will be knocked down. We are facing homelessness and the break up of our community. We will not be able to afford similar housing in the area.  There is nothing wrong with these beautiful buildings - Grosvenor just want to make more money. This is simply about putting profit before people. This is valuable land, and we are seen as getting in the way of building high-rise luxury investment flats.  Please help us save this wonderful corner of London and our community.  We call on Grosvenor and Westminster City Council to cancel the plans to demolish Cundy Street Flats and Walden House.

Cundy & Walden Street
215,877 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan, Amber Rudd MP

London needs an urgent plan to end knife & gun crime. Take action now!

Growing up in the forgotten areas of East London, some of my closest childhood friends have either been stabbed or involved in the stabbing of someone else. I felt powerless back then. I thought I was too young and ill-equipped to really do anything that could make a difference. Violent crime is making headlines right now, but for me has always been there. Such violence was the norm growing up and it shouldn’t have been. A decade after leaving secondary school, the problem is still there, and terrifyingly the data says that the problem is growing. The night before I wrote this (5/4/18) six people were stabbed in London in 90 minutes. Seeing the recent increase in violence and murders around London shows  that not enough has been done to improve the lives of the forgotten people in our city. This is not just a London issue, violent crime is affecting many other cities in the UK. It feels like to those in power, some people’s lives don’t mean as much.  Another death from knife or gun crime is treated as “just another statistic” and in doing so some are desensitized to the real meaning or gravity of another person's death and the direct impact these crimes have on the lives of a victim's family or the indirect impact it has on our society as a whole. It feels like authorities have forgotten the people dying are people’s brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, colleagues, cousins, friends. Victims like Iuliana Tudos, Kwabena Nelson, Leyla Mtumwa are real people who have had their lives stolen from them. After the sharp rise in acid attacks last year, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd produced an urgent action plan to tackle the problem. Right now, it is knife and gun crime in London that is killing and destroying people’s lives, we urgently need the authorities to step up and produce a similar plan to tackle it. It doesn’t feel like the Mayor’s Office or the Home Office are doing anything to help. And I have had enough. I have started this petition to urge Sadiq Khan and Amber Rudd to work together, and produce an urgent action plan for how they are going to stop stabbings and gun crime in our capital. This week Sadiq Khan has been using the hashtag #LondonNeedsYouAlive. If he really believes that I want to see him produce some urgent, concrete solutions. Please join me by signing this petition. Together we can make our voices heard. #LondonNeedsUSalive

Alexander Aina
177,625 supporters
Victory
Petitioning 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

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. 

Kirstie Brittain
169,141 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan

Petition the Extension of Congestion Charge

The extension of the CONGESTION CHARGE to the North and South Circular Roads will certainly negatively impact everyone that live in the proposed area, on the borders and our visitors. As if people aren't struggling enough after the hit of the governments lock downs and shutdowns this year, causing major job losses. They now propose to extend congestion charge so it covers the same area as ULEZ.  You ask what this means for you? Well, not only will your car have to comply with ULEZ standards: - Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)- Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehicles- Euro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehicles-Euro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles Basically if you own a petrol car older than Jan 2005 (Euro 4 ) you will have to pay. If you own a motorcycle non Euro 3 compliant or first registered before July 2007 you will have to pay. If you own a diesel car not Euro 6 compliant (registered before Sept 2014 ) you will have to pay.  These standards have forced many of us to buy a different car in a current economy where peoples finances are struggling. Making us give up our older cars which we have had for 20 years and ran perfectly for a compliant care which we really couldn't afford to buy.  On top of all this! They now want to extend congestion charge meaning that regardless of the car you drive or how far your traveling you will pay £15 per day just go about your normal routine. Congestion charge runs from 7am till 10pm Everyday!  Traveling to work 5 days a week will cost on average £4000. Who can afford this. Working just to pay travel.  The only congestion charge exemptions are below: - Two-wheeled motorbikes (and sidecars) and mopeds - Emergency service vehicles, such as ambulances and fire engines, which have a taxation class of 'ambulance' or 'fire engine' on the date of travel - NHS vehicles that are exempt from vehicle tax -Vehicles used by disabled people that are exempt from vehicle tax and have a 'disabled' taxation class -Vehicles for more than one disabled person (for example Dial-a-Ride) that are exempt from vehicle tax and have a 'disabled' taxation class.  Im pretty sure that 95% of residents and commuters fit don't into any of the above exemptions. Not even private taxis such as uber or bolt are exempt meaning their prices are likely to increase to cover their costs.  This is going to make everything harder for everyone. The elderly who rely on their car for shopping or hospital appointments will now have to get a bus. Limiting their amount of shopping, increasing their exposure to germs and bacteria, and making buses more crowded.  Parents on the school run won't be able to use their car, having to collect all their children on the bus. Once again causing overcrowding and virus exposure. On bank holidays, strikes and bad weather when bus services are reduced how we will be able to cope with extremely overcrowded buses. Especially if there still limit capacity.  Ask yourself these questions? - Can you afford to pay more money for your car travel on top of your Tax, insurance, MOT, petrol and repairs?  - Can you afford to pay more to get an uber or bolt to your destination?  - Do you want to get onto a bus or train that is more full than they currently are? (especially with current restrictions). TFL havent taken any steps to cope with an increase in public transport during this time.  - Do you want your visitors to have to pay to come see you?  - Do you to pay to visit your friends, family or even local attractions?  - Do you think its fair?  If you answered NO to any of the above questions SIGN THIS PETITION.  I plead with you all to sign this petition. To get this in front of the Mayor of London and the government. To make them think of the people instead of their pockets for once.  This is only being implemented as a bail out for TFL. Nothing about this new congestion charge area is in benefit for the residents or visitors to London. WE DO NOT WANT OR NEED THIS. Please share this, whether you live in London, on the borders or no where near. If this impacts one it will impact ALL.  P. S Along with this proposal the government is also making the mayor increase public transport fares, make children pay for travel and get rid of freedom passes. This will not stop unless we stop them. Future congestion charge and ULEZ is going to reach the M25 If we don't stop the area extension now. 

Lucy Norris
153,807 supporters
Petitioning Sadiq Khan

Stop Mayor Khan's ULEZ zone extension to the North & South Circular roads in London

The extension of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North and South Circular Roads will price working Londoners off the roads !! Extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the North & South Circular roads will mean anyone OUTSIDE the zone will have to pay : £12.50 for cars, vans and motorbikes; £100 for buses, coaches and HGVs ,to drive in the zone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year..OUTER LONDON IS RESIDENTIAL & should NOT be subject to the ULEZ !!  The ULEZ standards are: Euro 3 for motorcycles, mopeds, motorised tricycles and quadricycles (L category)Euro 4 for petrol cars, vans, minibuses and other specialist vehiclesEuro 6 for diesel cars, vans and minibuses and other specialist vehiclesEuro VI for lorries, buses and coaches and other specialist heavy vehicles So if you own a petrol car older than Jan 2005 (Euro 4 ) you will have to pay : If you own a motorcycle non Euro 3 compliant or first registered before July 2007 you will have to pay  If you own a diesel car not Euro 6 compliant (registered before Sept 2014 ) you will have to pay . A stealth tax & NOTHING to do with air pollution !! Also what steps have Transport for London taken to cope with the already struggling bus , tube & train services ??ABSOLUTELY NOTHING !! THIS IS JUST THE START ..Mayor Khan plans to extend the ULEZ zone still further up to the M25 !! EVEN IF YOU LIVE NOWHERE NEAR LONDON PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION BECAUSE : ONCE THIS IS PASSED IN LONDON IT WILL BE COMING TO YOUR TOWN/CITY , TRUST ME !! 

John Wyszomierski
142,591 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Sadiq Khan

Lee Sibley ‘SACK Sadiq Khan as London Mayor’ #SackSadiqKhan

Sadiq Khan is a ‘controversial’ mayor and the worst we have ever seen. with his recent comments on Trump It’s very worrying to see London mayor having an agenda on a Person he has never met before. khan said its ‘unbritish’ to roll our a red carpet this could be interpreted as a ‘racists comment’ for many reasons depending on how people sees it. hes also offensive and disrespectful and dangerous in the comments he has made. he also gave permission to fly the immature baby blimp of President Donald Trump again which is totally offensive. he has also done a bad job on crime and said its part of the parcel living in a big city. hes damaging our relationship and democracy. its time he’s sacked by the people. A lot of people are concerned about crime which has increased to: * Rape up 18% * Theft up 34%  * Homicide up 27%  * Burgarly up 19%  * Gun crime up 16% * Knife crime up 31% * Youth Homicide up 70% Is this a future you want? the only way to reduce crime is to sack Sadiq Khan who has said its part of parcel and hasn’t condemn any violence and is always in-denial. He’s very childish when it comes to relationships with the United States and it’s President Donald Trump. Because, Sadiq Khan says he’s like a baby � this is ignorance and a lack of respect. London, does not stand for this. sadiq Khan fails to make crime fall as since he’s been mayor people are always being killed and feeling unsafe on the streets of London. Which is why many people have signed my petition due to the fact they are really concerned he is failing on what he promised. Mr Khan is also blamed for the increase ‘knife crime’ and rather than being unwelcome to the president and treating those who are Brexiteers are appalling. nobody, no longer feels safe in the great city of London. Liam Gallagher has criticised London mayor Sadiq Khan for his response to London’s knife crimeepidemic, claiming that he is fearful for the safety of his children. “Every morning you wake up there’s some 16-year-old being knifed to death and that,” the former Oasisfrontman told BBC Breakfast. “I’ve got kids that age, out and about and that, doing their thing, living, being young. That freaks me right out – it does worry me. I’ve got teenagers. I’d have a word with that mayor – he seems to not be doing a good job, all them kids getting knifed and all that.” Referencing Khan’s official campaign to celebrate the capital’s diversity, Gallagher continued: “The only thing that ever comes out of his mouth is, ‘London is open’. What, open for knife crime and dying and stuff?” a lot of famous people are also calling Khan out for his lack of morals and his incompetent and immature and ignorant behaviour. he does not stand for London nor does he represent them. this is out capital and he’s causing divisions. He gets a big salary off £143,911 which a lot of people would love the chance to have and funny how he has security and does not care about anyone. He could donate this money to ��‍♀️ Then, he got rid most of the police in London which is why the crime has increased considerably. This unintelligent comments London mayor Sadiq Khan calls President Donald Trump ‘6ft 3 child’ made by mayor is unnaceptable and spewing hatred and should be sacked. He also described President as ‘poster boy for racists’ this is totally unnaceptable and unnecessary that the mayor wants to savage our relationship and is a deluded and absurd man! these comments made by him could lead to hatred and violence. He really contradicts himself.  He also joked to ask whether people got their phones on and if the President has tweeted. Everyone, fed up with this vile and hatred and disgusting human being who has so much anger. It’s really worrying to see since he is the mayor of our great capital. im asking you alongside everyone who signed to sack the disgrace Mayor who represents no one apart from himself. hes also incompetent when comes down to crime and so much more...... Another, reason Sadiq Khan should be sacked is he no longer represent the people of London our great capital. He unwelcome the president which is our closest ally. He also has a biased opinion and despite the fact he should stay out of the government business, makes you wonder how he treats his constituents. SADIQ KHAN’S single greatest failure as the Mayor of London has been revealed by Tory mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, who insisted the "situation will not change" under his leadership. Even now other people have basically said Mr Khan is ‘Inept’ and nothing will change as long as he will be our mayor.  This is why he needs to be removed office as the people are losing faith and thousands people from London mostly signed my petition and they have complained about the way he had done things badly. “Sadiq Khan's record as London Mayor has been marked by rising knife crime across the capital and a very public spat with President Donald Trump. But, Shaun Bailey, who will be competing against Mr Khan in next year’s mayoral election, told Express.co.uk that he felt Mr Khan’s greatest failure had been an all-encompassing lack of leadership. He said: “Crime has demonstrated that he’s shown no kind of leadership in London at all. And we really need that leadership right now.” He also spent all of his time trying to blame others whilst not owning up to the fact he has poor communication and poor leadership. So then we know the situation won’t change as long as he is mayor. In London your always hearing on the news there’s knife attacks, there’s attacks of all sorts and yet you continue to let him hold office. But he never condemns on TV and keeps-very quiet while there people who had kids and feel unsafe. Because of Khans divisions people feel unwelcome to visit London for many reasons such as the dramatic decrease of police. Sadiq has also not delivered on all the promises he made which makes him inept. Mr Khan has defended his record and blamed Government cuts for the rise in crime in London. A spokesman said: "Knife and violent crime is slowing in the capital, but Sadiq is absolutely clear that it remains unacceptably high - across the country - as a direct consequence of the crippling cuts the Government has made to the police and preventative services since 2010." Mr Khan blames everyone else apart from himself he never takes any sort of responsibility for the mistakes he has made.   His record is a catastrophe which we are demanding democratic you sack him otherwise the problem will get worse.   I could says paragraphs more but will keep very short....

Lee Sibley
140,413 supporters
Petitioning Transport For London, Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan

Stop TFL from removing free travel for under-18s

As part of TFL’s government bailout, the congestion charge will be increased, over 60’s will not have free travel during rush-hour, and under 18’s will no longer be able to travel for free on London’s buses.  Charging under 18’s to use public transport will bring down school attendance and prevent social mobility for children from disadvantaged families. What a way to keep more families in poverty Boris, well done!  Why are the working class paying the price for a national problem? When food bank usage and the proportion of children living in poverty is steadily increasing why add to the problem? A £1.50 bus fare twice a day is the same price as a school dinner - for families who don’t qualify for Free School Meals but who struggle to pay for lunches, this may force them to choose between feeding their child or sending them to school.  TfL had to reduce services and stop accepting bus fares to save the lives of their staff and the general public. Do not punish them and the children of working class families for doing the right thing.  Children have missed enough school due to the Covid-19 pandemic already, do not prevent them from attending school when it is safe to do so. Sign this petition and let the government know that you can see what they’re up to.  - Lilly, Siva, Madeha, Huda, Laura, Sadia, Esther, Dilara, Carmen 

Lilly Mahoney
93,304 supporters
Petitioning United Nations, European Commission, Human Rights Campaign, Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, Richard Blumenthal, Robert Casey, John McCain, ...

China: Stop Religious Persecution against the Uyghurs!

Torchlight Uyghur Group (Mesheluyghur@gmail.com) This Petition Is Also Available In The Following Languages: Turkish (Turkçe),French (Français), Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە), Uyghur Latinche, Uyghur Kirilche, Arabic (عربى) , Chinese (Simplified),Japanese (日本語),Russian(Pусский) May 9th, 2018  According to one European researcher, at this very moment, “at least several hundred thousand, and possibly just over one million (Uyghurs), are or have been interned in political re-education facilities” in East Turkestan (known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China). That means one out of every Uyghur family has likely been taken forcibly into one of these camps. The crackdown has focused on young Uyghur men, so if you’re a male and between the age of 20 and 40, the odds are you will find yourself locked up in a camp.   (https://www.dailyo.in/politics/china-islam-uighurs-xinjiang-pakistan/story/1/24358.html In these Nazi style concentration camps, Uyghurs are being forced to denounce their religious belief and to eat pork. In addition to these Uyghurs held in the concentration camps, more than half a million Uyghurs were imprisoned since April 2017 for keeping religious contents on their phones or reading religious books .  The Chinese authorities are convinced that the religious belief of the Uyghurs is one of the main obstacles to assimilate them, and thus now openly launched anti-religion campaign against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan, reaching the highest level ever seen since the Cultural Revolution. Fasting in Ramadan is a serious crime and not having alcoholic drinks is a sign of extremism for the Uyghurs now in East Turkestan. The campaign targets all Uyghur population and it actually is part of China’s ethnic cleansing policy against the Uyghurs. The Chinese government has frequently been condemned by the Uyghur people and global rights groups for committing genocide against the Uyghurs and crimes against humanity.  Now in East Turkestan: •    More than one million Uyghurs are languishing in China’s Nazi style concentration camps and forced to give up their religious belief. •    Uyghurs are no longer allowed to say some Arabic words such as “ Allah” and “Assalamu alaykum”. Using these kinds of words has become part of the Uyghur customs for many centuries. •    Most mosques are being demolished or turned into entertainment facilities. •    Traditional customs like naming children and marriage ceremony with Islamic way are prohibited. •    Some Uyghurs girls are forced to marry Chinese men by the arrangement of the Chinese authorities. •     Chinese men are installed in Uyghur homes whose male family members have been detained.   •    Islamic clothing and beards are forbidden as a sign of extremism. •    The usage of “Halal” labels for food production has been criminalized.  •    The Uyghur government officials are being forced to sign for cremation instead of Islamic burial. •    Islamic books including Holy Qur’an and praying mats were burned. Praying and Fasting are banned. •    Chinese national flag and the portraits of Xi Jinping are placed in mosques. •    Most Uyghurs in diaspora have not been able to communicate with their family members in East Turkestan since mid 2016.  A large number of Uyghurs who studied abroad or visited some Islamic countries such as Egypt were imprisoned in 2017 without any trial. The Chinese government requested all Uyghur students studying abroad, especially those in Turkey and Egypt, to come back to China immediately. The authorities arrested returned students in airports and their whereabouts are still unclear. The Chinese government arrested family members of the students who did not return. Also, the Chinese government carried out an operation for hunting thousands of Uyghur students in Egypt at the end of 2017 and many students fled to other countries for saving their lives. Thousands of religious scholars and influential public figures have been arrested and some of them, such Muhammed Salih, a prominent Uyghur religious scholar,  is known to have died during the interrogation. (https://uhrp.org/press-release/uyghur-human-rights-project-condemns-death-custody-scholar-muhammad-salih-hajim.html  “The Chinese government’s restrictions on Uyghur Muslims are an attempt to assimilate a besieged religious and ethnic minority,” said United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Chairman Daniel Mark. “By installing Communist Party cadres in Uighur homes and detaining countless innocent Uyghurs in extrajudicial ‘re-education camps’, the Chinese government has created a culture of fear, suspicion, and mistrust throughout Xinjiang. Indeed, the government’s actions are disrupting entire communities as they try to live their lives and practice their faith in peace.” (http://www.uscirf.gov/news-room/press-releases-statements/china-uscirf-deeply-concerned-about-increasing-repression-uighur  “What is happening?” questions Jay Nordlinger, An American journalist and senior editor of National Review, “Up to a million Uyghurs have been rounded up, thrown into a gulag — an archipelago of ‘reeducation’ camps — with no due process whatsoever. Many have simply been ‘disappeared’.”  He also says that “there has not been mass killing yet, but many Uyghurs have been tortured to death. Lots of people fear that this is a pre-genocidal situation — that the mass incarceration is a prelude to mass murder, and to organ harvesting, in particular. (This is one of the evil specialties of the Chinese Communist Party.) The entire Uyghur population, incarcerated or not, has been DNA-sampled.” (https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/an-emergency/  The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) conference that took place at the US Congress on  February 26, 2018 highlighted the Chinese government’s draconian restrictions on Uyghurs cultural and religious freedoms. (http://unpo.org/article/20647  Since April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “extremist” and “politically incorrect” views have been detained in political re-education camps throughout East Turkestan. Authorities have relied on a list circulated in early 2017 of “75 Signs of Religious Extremism” to detain Uyghurs amid a string of harsh policies attacking their legitimate rights and freedoms enacted since Communist Party secretary Chen Quanguo was appointed to run the region in August 2016. (http://unpo.org/article/20625  By analyzing information “from 73 government procurement and construction bids valued at around RMB 680 million (approximately $108 million),” Adrian Zenz, a researcher at the European School of Culture and Theology, conclude in a recent paper that the bids revealed a massive plan to build these massive concentration camps, focusing on Uyghur-majority areas of East Turkestan.  Life inside these camps is horrifying, according to rare accounts of those who were able to leave and speak to the media. One such account came from a Kazakh national who was swept up into one camp, and then returned to Kazakhstan. Daily brainwashing sessions were held “about the dangers of Islam”. “Do you obey Chinese law or your God?” instructors asked. “Do you understand why religion is dangerous?” Other prisoners were forced to praise Xi Jinping’s greatness instead of God. Before every meal, inmates were forced to chant: “Thank the Party! Thank the Motherland! Thank President Xi!” Daily Mail reported shocking details of the methods revealed by former inmates in these camps that were employed by Chinese agencies to make Muslims in East Turkestan align with communist ideals and give up their Islamic beliefs. According to these former inmates, Muslims in the camps are made to eat pork and drink alcohol among other punishments when they refuse to follow orders from the camp authorities. Upto a million Muslims, mainly from East Turkestan, are reportedly detained in such camps in China. (https://swarajyamag.com/insta/china-forcing-muslims-to-eat-pork-drink-alcohol-as-punishment-in-its-re-education-camps  Zenz pointed out that “China’s pacification drive in Xinjiang is, more than likely, the country’s most intense campaign of coercive social re-engineering since the end of the Cultural Revolution. The state’s ‘war on terror’ is arguably more and more a euphemism for forced ethnic assimilation.”  (https://www.dailyo.in/politics/china-islam-uighurs-xinjiang-pakistan/story/1/24358.html    A US commission on China had last month described the program as ‘the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today’. (https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/05/16/world/asia/ap-as-china-xis-era-mass-internment.html  The unforgettable human tragedies of Nazi concentration camps and Soviet gulags taught enough lessons for humanity to vow to prevent similar tragedies from happening again. And yet, under the watchful eyes of the world, the Chinese government has deprived more than a million Uyghurs of their basic rights by placing them in these heinous camps. (https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/uyghurs-victims-of-21st-century-concentration-camps/  We, the Uyghurs, at the moment are in our fight against the Chinese government’s atrocities, and cannot fight this battle for our survival alone.  We need the support of all the justice-loving people in the world.  If tens of thousands of people from around the world sign our petition, it may be possible that the United Nations will make a commitment and will act to stop the tragedy that the Uyghur people are facing today. To read the full text of this petition, please click HERE. Please join us in our fight to end the appalling atrocities happening in East Turkestan. Please spread the word so that people around the world could learn about such a great tragedy that is happening in East Turkestan. Please sign and share this petition. Thank you!     You can find more information from the following sites: https://www.facebook.com/torchuyghur/ https://twitter.com/torch_uyghur http://blog.freedomsherald.org http://freedomsherald.org/ET/unb/  Uyghur Torchlight Group’s previous petitions: https://www.change.org/search?q=Torchlight%20Uyghur%20Group  

Torchlight Uyghur Group
68,444 supporters
Stop TFL from removing free travel for under-18s

Dear Petitioner, I write to let you know the good news that Government plans to scrap free travel for under 18s in London have been defeated, and our children will continue to benefit from free travel. In the latest round of funding discussions, I made clear to the Government that I would not accept their request to scrap free travel for under 18s in return for financial support for Transport for London (TfL). In mid-May, the Government announced a £1.6 billion emergency funding package for TfL. This was necessary because COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on TfL’s finances, as fares income fell by 90 per cent during the first wave of the pandemic. Ridership is still much lower than usual so there simply has not been enough money coming in to pay for transport services. As part of this package, the Government insisted that free travel should be suspended for under 18s. TfL did further investigatory work with Government into how their proposal would be implemented. It quickly became clear – as City Hall had feared and stated in negotiations – that this change to concessions would be exceedingly complex to introduce and would have a damaging impact on many families and young people across London. I have continually voiced strong opposition to the plans and refused to make this change that would have seen London’s children lose their free travel. On 31 October 2020, Government agreed a second emergency funding package for TfL to 31 March 2021. It replaces the agreement signed in May, and it no longer requires TfL to suspend free travel for under 18s. This is a welcome victory; my objections to these changes – and your campaigning support – has paid off. Free bus travel to school is equivalent to £30 a week for a family with two children. For many families free travel is a lifeline, especially at the moment when finances are stretched more than ever. Scrapping free travel for under 18s would also have had a disproportionate effect on young people from more deprived areas, minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities, as they experience the worst effects of road danger and air pollution. Ministers have made clear that in return for dropping the requirement to cut this concession, they expect London to raise additional income to cover the cost of these concessions. I have reluctantly accepted that I may need to ask all Londoners to pay a bit more to help some of the poorest families. We are now exploring ways to raise the additional income for TfL that is needed, so we can protect these vital concessions. This may include a modest increase in council tax next year, but I know that in many households’ finances are more stretched than ever, so any increase will be as modest as possible. Thank you for making our voice heard on this issue – our campaigning has paid off and free travel for under 18s in London has been saved. Yours sincerely, Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

2 weeks ago
Children's Bus pass no longer FREE

Dear Petitioner, I write to let you know the good news that Government plans to scrap free travel for under 18s in London have been defeated, and our children will continue to benefit from free travel. In the latest round of funding discussions, I made clear to the Government that I would not accept their request to scrap free travel for under 18s in return for financial support for Transport for London (TfL). In mid-May, the Government announced a £1.6 billion emergency funding package for TfL. This was necessary because COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on TfL’s finances, as fares income fell by 90 per cent during the first wave of the pandemic. Ridership is still much lower than usual so there simply has not been enough money coming in to pay for transport services. As part of this package, the Government insisted that free travel should be suspended for under 18s. TfL did further investigatory work with Government into how their proposal would be implemented. It quickly became clear – as City Hall had feared and stated in negotiations – that this change to concessions would be exceedingly complex to introduce and would have a damaging impact on many families and young people across London. I have continually voiced strong opposition to the plans and refused to make this change that would have seen London’s children lose their free travel. On 31 October 2020, Government agreed a second emergency funding package for TfL to 31 March 2021. It replaces the agreement signed in May, and it no longer requires TfL to suspend free travel for under 18s. This is a welcome victory; my objections to these changes – and your campaigning support – has paid off. Free bus travel to school is equivalent to £30 a week for a family with two children. For many families free travel is a lifeline, especially at the moment when finances are stretched more than ever. Scrapping free travel for under 18s would also have had a disproportionate effect on young people from more deprived areas, minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities, as they experience the worst effects of road danger and air pollution. Ministers have made clear that in return for dropping the requirement to cut this concession, they expect London to raise additional income to cover the cost of these concessions. I have reluctantly accepted that I may need to ask all Londoners to pay a bit more to help some of the poorest families. We are now exploring ways to raise the additional income for TfL that is needed, so we can protect these vital concessions. This may include a modest increase in council tax next year, but I know that in many households’ finances are more stretched than ever, so any increase will be as modest as possible. Thank you for making our voice heard on this issue – our campaigning has paid off and free travel for under 18s in London has been saved. Yours sincerely, Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

3 weeks ago
Petition the Extension of Congestion Charge

Dear Petitioner, The Mayor has rejected the Government’s proposal that the Congestion Charge be extended to the North and South Circular roads in October 2021. This was a condition that the Government tried to impose in return for the second round of emergency Government funding for TfL. This funding was necessary because TfL’s fare income has collapsed due to Covid-19. Under the Government’s proposal, the £15 Congestion Charge would have been extended to the North and South Circular Roads next year, meaning that all journeys across the North and South Circular roads and journeys within that area would have been subject to the charge within operating hours. It would have hit four million more Londoners hard and put economic recovery from Covid-19 at risk before it had begun. The Mayor is pleased that the Government has now backed down from this condition. In the face of continued Covid-19 restrictions, the Mayor has now reached a funding deal to keep tube, bus and other TfL services running until March 2021. Extending the Congestion Charge in this way was only one of several conditions the Government sought to impose in order for TfL to receive the further emergency funding it needs to keep the network running. Others included removing free travel for under-18s and over-60s and increasing fares by more than the previously agreed RPI+1 per cent. These proposals have also been successfully defeated, although it was a condition of the funding that fares would have to go up by RPI+1 in January. Whilst the deal reached is not ideal, the Mayor fought hard against the Government, which was determined to punish Londoners with higher costs for doing the right thing to tackle Covid-19. The only reason TfL needs Government support is because its fares income has almost dried up since March, as people did what was asked of them and stayed at home. It should be noted that the Congestion Charge is different to the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge. At present, the ULEZ charge currently applies to the same area as the Congestion Charge in central London and is specifically designed to clean up London’s toxic air and deliver health benefits to Londoners. It is due to be expanded in October of next year to the North and South Circular but the charge will only apply to highly polluting vehicles. TfL modelling shows that only 1 in 5 vehicles will need to pay this charge. This is due to the fact that all other vehicles that travel in this area are compliant with the ULEZ emissions standards. If you want to check whether your vehicle meets the ULEZ standard you can do so using TfL’s vehicle checker. If you are on a low income or are disabled, the Mayor also has a Car and Motorcycle Scrappage scheme, whereby you could receive up to £2000 to scrap your older, polluting vehicle, so that you can purchase a cleaner vehicle and meet the standards or switch to another mode of transport. You can check your eligibility for this scheme on TfL’s scrappage scheme webpage. The ULEZ scheme is specifically designed to clean up London’s toxic air and deliver health benefits to Londoners. I hope this reassures you that the Mayor has succeeded in defeating the Government proposal to extend the £15 Congestion Charge to the North and South Circular roads next year. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

3 weeks ago
Restore 60+ Freedom Passes during Covid 19 Crisis

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about the changes to the 60+ and Older Person’s Oyster Cards. The Mayor is aware that this policy has an impact on older people who still need to work, especially key workers and those on lower incomes. The decision to temporarily suspend free travel before 9am for Older Person’s Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster photocard holders on London’s transport network was not taken lightly. The Mayor was required by the Government to bring forward proposals to restrict free travel during peak times for older people as part of the emergency funding agreement that allowed TfL to continue to operate. Unfortunately, this limits any ability to make changes or additional exemptions to the suspension. We fully understand the concerns that have been raised by you and others. This may be of little consolation but those affected are paying for one journey a day, in the morning peak, rather than two. The Mayor fought to limit the changes to the morning peak and was able to achieve a 9am cut off rather than 9.30am. I know these changes will be difficult for some workers, but I hope this shows that the Mayor sought to mitigate the impact as much as possible. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

4 months ago
Hands Off Finchley Central! Stop the proposed station development by TfL.

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about Transport for London’s (TfL) proposals for land at Finchley Central. TfL is working with Barnet Council and listening to local community groups and members of the public to understand their aspirations for the site. Your petition includes an image of the scheme’s massing, which I understand you have based on Taylor Wimpey’s very early plans. These plans showcased a viable scheme which served as a basis for discussion during the beginning of the community consultation. Proposals have evolved since they were first released in June 2019 following feedback from the community. The most recent proposals include significant reductions in the height and width of the tallest building. In addition, the recent plans also showed retention of some of the car parking. Taylor Wimpey and TfL are continuing to revise the designs in response to the feedback from the January 2020 consultation. They intend to submit a planning application later this year and will remain in contact with the local community to ensure that stakeholders have an opportunity to provide their feedback As part of their planning application, TfL and Taylor Wimpey will make significant investment in local infrastructure, providing a new access to the station off the high street, improving Nether Street junction and delivering other community benefits such as a new pocket park. In addition to this, the development will deliver Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) revenues, and Section 106 contributions which will help further support local services and infrastructure. The development team will be discussing how this money can be spent on local services to support their development as well as the local area more generally. I know that TfL and Taylor Wimpey are committed to producing designs that respond to the concerns of the local community while also providing community benefits. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

5 months ago
Stop high-speed police car chases in London

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website asking the Mayor to stop high speed car chases in London. Your request was sent to the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC). My apologies in the delay in getting back to you. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you and your friend’s family on your loss in this tragic incident. It is important that officers are accountable for their actions and when an incident such as this occurs the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will open an investigation. This investigation is independent and must run its course. We are therefore unable to comment further on this specific investigation at the current time. However, I can confirm that a man has been charged with three offences in relation to this fatal road traffic collision. This includes failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision, dangerous driving, and causing death by dangerous driving. Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)pursuit officers are trained to an extremely high standard. The police work within national guidelines issued by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and only suitably trained officers in appropriately equipped vehicles can engage in pursuit activity. All pursuits are managed by trained staff in MPS Command and Control Centres to assist in risk management. We all want offenders brought to justice as quickly as possible, but when they attempt to evade the police at high speed in vehicles, officers must make difficult decisions quickly about whether pursuing the offender is the appropriate course of action In making their decisions pursuit officers and incident managers must ask if a pursuit is necessary, balanced against the threat, risk and harm for which the subject driver is being (or about to be) pursued. This decision is not taken lightly, and it must always be justified and proportionate. Thank you for writing to the Mayor about this critical issue. I hope that this response provides you with some reassurance that these issues are taken extremely seriously. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

5 months ago
Stop Vape advertising

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about advertising things that are bad for your health, in particular vaping products. The Mayor of London and Greater London Authority work with partners across London to reduce smoking as it is a major cause of illness and premature death. Available evidence shows that vaping is less harmful than smoking, so we do need to strike a balance to help people know about safer alternatives, while not promoting these products to children. The health impacts of advertising is something we take seriously and currently adverts for vape products are not allowed on London Underground. We will continue to take account of the health impacts of adverts on the sites where we have a role. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

5 months ago
Protect our children

Dear Petitioner Thank you for the petition submitted on the Change.org website about keeping children safe in Bexleyheath and Welling. After the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) identified the rise in robberies in the Bexleyheath area they increased daily patrols. These patrols used officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams, plain clothes officers from the robbery investigation team, and officers dedicated to tackling violent crime. As a result of proactive work and investigations, three individuals were arrested and have been charged with fifteen offences. Since this, levels of robberies have returned closer to those previously seen, and the MPS will continue to respond to any offences identified. Tackling knife crime in London is the Mayor’s first priority. Knife crime and crimes using violence have no place on our streets, and progress tackling these will come from a combination of tough enforcement by the police and interventions to help people make better life choices and turn away from crime. The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) published a tough Knife Crime Strategy for London in June 2017. This sets out the actions the Mayor has put in place to tackle knife crime across London and you can see the full strategy on MOPAC’s website: www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/mopac_knife_crime_strategy_june_2017.pdf. A lot of progress has been made in the delivery of the strategy and for the first time, every London borough now has a bespoke local violence reduction plan created in partnership with the police. To respond to the increase in knife crime, the Mayor has established a Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) and is providing £15 million annually to support its operation. The task force enables the Metropolitan Police Service to be even more proactive on the streets of the capital, bearing down on violent crime and serious criminality. Violence is still at very serious levels, but between the launch of the VCTF in April 2018 and 21 February 2020, the command has carried out 14,181 weapons sweeps, recovered 1,514 knives, 999 offensive weapons and arrested 8,722 suspects. Over the same period, wider activity across the MPS targeting violence has seen 68,003 weapon sweeps carried out, 5,036 knives recovered along with 2,458 offensive weapons. However, Government funding cuts have had a serious impact on the safety of London and the whole country over the last decade. As a result of these Government cuts, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has had to deliver £850 million in savings since 2013-14, resulting in officer numbers falling to a 15 year low in mid-2018. Between 2011/12 and 2018/19, 46 per cent of funding for London’s youth services was withdrawn. While Ministers have finally started to partially reverse cuts to the police, their proposals for increased funding still do not cover the number of police officers lost since 2010. Moreover, the Government has failed to reverse its devastating cuts to schools, youth services and local councils, all of which play a vital role in tackling the complex underlying causes of crime. The Mayor has already taken the difficult decision to increase council tax to help pay for 1,300 more police officers, and in February launched an additional £55.5m package to tackle the root causes of crime by reducing school exclusions, providing more mentors for young people creating more positive opportunities for disadvantaged young Londoners. This means that more than £100m will be invested by the Mayor in tacking violence this year. However, it is vital that the Government steps up to fully reverse its cuts to all of the agencies and organisations that play a part in tackling crime and the causes of crime. The Mayor continues to press the Government to do so. Understanding the importance of intervention and diversionary activities, the Mayor has also invested in preventative work to tackle the underlying causes of violence, and has committed £6.8 million to fund the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU). The VRU includes specialists in health, youth and social services to lead a long-term public health approach to tackle the causes of violent crime. The VRU looks to build on the success seen in Glasgow from using a similar method, scaling this up from a city with a population of 600,000 people to a capital with nearly 9 million. The Mayor has invested over £6 million in two schemes to support people in escaping the violence and exploitation associated with gangs. In order to help young Londoners turn their backs on criminal gangs, the Mayor has invested £3 million in the London Gang Exit service. Since 2016 the programme has been supporting young people at significant risk of harm from gang activity to access safe and stable housing, benefit from specialist support and one-to-one mentoring, and helping them into employment, education or training. The Mayor has also invested £3 million in a three-year Rescue and Response programme to work to better understand, target, and respond to County Lines, the drugs networks which operate across the country, exploiting young and vulnerable Londoners and driving gang-related violence. In November 2017 the Mayor launched his ongoing social media campaign, LondonNeedsYouAlive #LNYA, which raises awareness of the consequences of knife crime and provides reassurance and advice for people who are concerned about someone’s involvement in knife crime. A toolkit for schools, colleges, community groups, parents and others has been developed to make use of the campaign’s materials. For more details, please visit: www.london.gov.uk/london-needs-you-alive. To support longer-term interventions, the Mayor funds the Young Londoners Fund to help London’s children and young adults, and particularly those at risk of getting caught up in crime, make the most of our amazing city. The Mayor’s investment of £70 million into the Young Londoners Fund enables children and young people to fulfil their potential, through a range of education, sport and cultural activities. This funding is in addition to £2.8 million which has been allocated to support 43 grassroots, community-led, anti-knife crime projects across the capital. For more information on the Young Londoner’s Fund please visit www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/education-and-youth/young-londoners/mayors-young-londoners-fund Taken together, this short-term enforcement by the police and long-term activity across services will deliver a relentless focus on tackling knife crime and violence across the capital. I hope that this provides you with some reassurance that the Mayor is committed to making London an even safer place for everyone. Yours sincerely Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

5 months ago
Children's Bus pass no longer FREE

Dear Petitioner Thank you for writing to me about this important issue. I share your concerns that suspending free travel for under-18s, which was a condition the Government imposed as part of the funding deal with Transport for London (TfL), is unfair and will hit the poorest Londoners hardest. I have urged the Government to rethink this damaging decision. As you may know, in mid-May, the Government announced a £1.6 billion funding and financing package for TfL. This was necessary because COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on TfL’s finances, as it has on every transport provider in the UK. TfL fares income fell by 90 per cent in April and May because Londoners did the right thing, staying at home and off public transport – so there simply isn’t enough money coming in to pay for transport services. Whereas the Government has provided financial support for transport services across the country without harsh strings attached, in the financial support deal with TfL the Government imposed a series of conditions that in my view unfairly punish Londoners. One of those conditions was that free travel is suspended for under-18s. The Government are, in effect, making ordinary Londoners pay the cost for doing the right thing on COVID-19 and staying at home. I have been honest with Londoners that this is not the deal I wanted for London. But it was the only deal the Government put on the table, and these restrictions were a condition to receive the funding. If no deal was done, the ramifications would have meant severe cuts to the Tube and bus network at a time when we need to maximise services to support social distancing for those who have to make essential journeys. It is abundantly clear to me that losing free travel would hit the poorest Londoners hardest at a time when family finances are stretched more than ever. As more families face financial stress from COVID-19, I am concerned that inevitable delays in assessing eligibility for free school travel would add additional burdens to low-income Londoners. There is no statutory entitlement to free travel for anyone above the age of 16 and we know children and young people in some of the most deprived areas in London are exposed to the highest road danger risk. I am therefore very concerned about the overall equality impact of these proposals. It is important given the pressures on public transport during this pandemic that children and young people walk or cycle to school where they can, but those who can’t should not be penalised for needing to use public transport. We know this is causing uncertainty for children, families and schools, and I will continue to do everything I can to persuade Government to reverse their position. I have recently written to the Transport Secretary, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, urging him to drop this plan. I have asked the Government to provide clarity on their expectations as this is their policy and not mine. You can read both of my letters online: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-calls-for-under-18s-free-travel-to-remain https://twitter.com/MayorofLondon/status/1270322784070221825?s=20 As soon as there are any developments on this important issue, I will let you know. I am sorry I am not able to provide more certainty at this time. Thank you again for contacting me. Yours sincerely, Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

5 months ago
SAVE GUARDIAN ANGELS SCHOOL

Dear Petitioners, Thank you for your petition submitted on the Change.org website about saving Guardian Angels RC Primary School, Mile End. The Mayor is sorry to hear about the changes at the school and the disruption this is having to the education of the students. He understands that the changes to staffing, budget issues and the threat of closure must be very worrying for students, staff and the community. The Mayor shares your concerns about school funding in London. He has urged the Government to reverse damaging cuts and give schools the resources they need to deliver effective education and other interventions to support the most vulnerable students. In particular, he raised the considerable funding shortfalls for learners with special educational needs and disabilities. He will continue to press London’s case on school funding with the Education Secretary. The growth in London’s population in recent decades has created great challenges for local authorities and schools. In March 2018, the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) City Intelligence Unit published school place demand projections showing projected demand for primary and secondary places for each academic year to 2027/28. You might be interested to see these at: https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/pan-london-school-place-demand. The Mayor has no responsibility or statutory role in relation to education and is therefore not able to intervene directly with the school. We note that you have also sent this petition to the Education Secretary, and you may also wish to contact your local Member of Parliament. Thank you again for raising this issue with the Mayor. Yours sincerely, Public Liaison Unit Greater London Authority

10 months ago