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Dominic Cummings must be sacked

The PM's chief aide Dominic Cummings is facing calls to resign after it emerged he travelled from London to his parents' home in Durham with coronavirus symptoms during lockdown. Mr Cummings and his wife, who was also unwell, stayed in Durham, while self-isolating. Labour demanded No 10 provided a "swift explanation" for Mr Cummings' actions. A source close to Mr Cummings denied a breach of the coronavirus rules, saying the couple needed childcare help. They told the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg that the couple had stayed in a separate building at the property. Downing Street declined to comment on Friday night, after the Guardian and the Daily Mirror newspapers first reported Mr Cummings had made the more than 260-mile journey. Who is Dominic Cummings?Scientist quits role after 'undermining' lockdownWhat are social distancing and self-isolation rules?The government has ordered anyone with coronavirus symptoms to self-isolate at home and not leave - even for essential supplies - for seven days. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in March that children should not be left with older grandparents or older relatives "who may be particularly vulnerable or fall into some of the vulnerable groups" . A Labour spokesman said: "If accurate, the prime minister's chief adviser appears to have breached the lockdown rules. The government's guidance was very clear: stay at home and no non-essential travel. "The British people do not expect there to be one rule for them and another rule for Dominic Cummings." Mr Cummings has attended meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) - the scientific body which gives independent advice that shapes the government's coronavirus response.

Gary Kelly
1,203,057 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
758,169 supporters
Petitioning Department of Education, UK Parliament, Global Partnership for Education, Department for Education

Battle racism by updating GCSE reading lists

Petition to get Good Immigrant (Nikesh Shukla) and Why I’m No longer Talking to White People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge), on the GCSE reading list. The current English GCSE reading list consists of authors ranging from 19th Century writers such as; Charles Dickens, George Elliot and Charlotte Bronte. Shakespeare dominates a large portion of reading lists, and modern prose shows a little more diversity with Meera Syal and Maya Angelou amongst George Orwell and John Steinbeck. Although these lists of literature span a wide range of content, they do very little to reflect our current society. Current books on the curriculum - https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/tag/gcse/ With recent events in America (the murder of George Floyd by a police officer), we need to look closer to home on how we can learn from these acts of horror, and how we can lead by example to be the change we want to see, so we can prevent these events from happening again.  Education is where it starts. Although you can have debates and go on marches in the hope of battling closed minds, school is where minds are opened and where we should grasp the opportunity to teach students about diversity and our current society, including the injustices.  That is why I am proposing the following books be added to the GCSE reading lists -  The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla - A collection of essays written by a wide range of the BAME personalities voicing their experiences of racism in this country. The contributors range from actors, to journalism, musicians and writers.  Each essay offers a different perspective and view point.  Why I am no longer talking to white people about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge - This books spans a wide range of issues relating to the institutional racism of this country. It confronts British history, feminism and the class system. This book started out as a blog post and after such a wide response, Eddo-Lodge decided to expand her response. It’s had international success.  These two books wouldn’t only contribute diversity to the current GCSE reading lists, they would also highlight our current society’s diversity, inequalities and opportunities for change. Highlighting this to young adults will hopefully ignite a desire to be part of the change and also stamp out ignorance towards diversity.

Molly Crossley
489,153 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament

Claps don't pay the bills - give all NHS workers a 15% pay rise #NHSPay15

This Christmas, thousands of NHS workers will be working around the clock, putting their lives at risk to protect the public. Yet the average nurse in the UK has lost 20% of their income the last 10 years. It’s not surprising that there are 100,000 vacancies within  our NHS. And that many of us NHS workers are using food banks to get by. NHS workers have played a pivotal role in keeping this country going during the pandemic. It’s only fair that NHS staff are properly awarded for their hard work, and that’s why we’re calling for a 15% pay rise for all NHS staff. Earlier this year, the Government announced a pay aid rise for public service workers ‘in recognition of their efforts in tackling Covid-19’. But more than one million NHS staff including nurses, porters and cleaners were not included - this is inexcusable and has truly shown how little we are valued as a whole NHS organisation by this Government.That’s why we’re asking the NHS Pay Review Body to urgently review the pay of ‘Agenda For Change’ staff and take into consideration the 10 years of pay  caps/freezes and acknowledge their extraordinary efforts throughout the pandemic. We believe that NHS workers should have a 15% or £3000 pay increase (whichever is greater).This pay rise is needed. It’s more important than ever as we are now overwhelmed in a second wave of Covid-19 and, with morale at an all time low amongst staff. A recent survey showed that 36% of nurses were thinking of leaving the profession. We cannot afford to lose any more valuable staff. One of the NHS key values is prioritising quality, but quality of care will most certainly suffer as a result of staff shortages.An increase in pay would attract staff into the vacant positions - more staff would equal a reduction in waiting times and the NHS would be better equipped to meet national targets. Wards wouldn’t be understaffed and services would be able to run to capacity.Clapping for NHS staff is a nice gesture - but it doesn’t pay the bills. Please show your real appreciation for NHS staff by helping us get this crucial pay rise for NHS staff that work so hard.If you agree that NHS staff deserve a restorative pay rise, please sign this petition! If you want to get more involved with our campaign follow us on twitter @NurseSayNO and join our Facebook group. Kind regards NursesSayNoTeam #NHSPay15

Matthew Tovey
383,482 supporters
Petitioning NHS England, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Hunt, UK Parliament

Help Fund the ONLY Treatment for Children with FATAL Batten Disease

 Batten Disease is a neurodegenerative life limiting condition. Children appear healthy at birth and symptoms for CLN2 Batten Disease begin between 3-4 years old. Children lose the ability to walk, talk and eat. They lose their vision completely and develop childhood dementia as well as uncontrollable seizures. The disease progresses rapidly with children becoming completely dependent on parents/carers by the ages of 5-6 years old. The life expectancy of a child with CLN2 Batten Disease is between 6 and 12 years old. However there is hope, a select number of children in the UK have been receiving a drug called Cerliponase alfa. This drug has shown to slow down the progression of the disease and in some children even stabilise it.  Children aged 7 & 8 years old who are receiving treatment are still able to walk and talk, whereas those who do not receive treatment will lose these skills around 5 years old. . This treatment is currently available to patients in Europe but is not currently funded by the NHS in the UK. The drug is currently going through the NICE process and currently NICE and NHS England have made the decision not to recommend this treatment be available children in the UK with CLN2 disease. There are currently 4 children in the UK who have no access to treatment and there are 10 children who could potentially be left without treatment if the treatment is not recommended by NICE. Lucy Carroll who has 2 children receiving treatment says: 'We are extremely disappointed and utterly heartbroken with this decision. We are witnessing first hand the positive impact the treatment is having on both of our children. The process in which these decisions are being made is painfully slow, whilst children in the UK are left suffering yet other countries are providing treatment. We now need your help and support to allow us to be the voice for all children with CNL2 Batten Disease and get this decision changed.'  Gail Rich, a parent of 2 girls receiving treatment says: "We cannot express how devastated we are by the news that the NICE committee have made the unthinkable decision not to recommend this treatment be available children in this country on the NHS. This decision is cruel, unjust & simply wrong. This treatment works. It has been proved to work." All of the amazing children currently receiving treatment around the world are living proof that this treatment works. We only have to look at our two daughters to see that this treatment works. How can they possibly say no? Every child deserves a chance. This treatment should be available to children in this country. Knowing it is now a recognised treatment in other countries across the world proves they are wrong & would be wrong to deny our children in this country, access to something that has been proven to work. Please sign this petition Together we WILL make a difference.

Families and supporters of children with Batten disease
379,343 supporters