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This government must carry out a FULLY TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION into the Grenfell tragedy

The investigation into the Grenfell tragedy must be FULLY TRANSPARENT and allow the MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION of the affected residents, their families, and the surrounding community. The government cannot be allowed to cover up any uncomfortable revelations about negligence and poor planning of the Grenfell estate by the Tory-run Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.  The government cannot be permitted to protect itself or those who should be held accountable. The process must unearth the TRUE CAUSES of the fire for the public interest. Prevent the government from whitewashing the truth and from keeping the UK's planning and regulation laws in the dark ages any longer. Stand with the residents of Grenfell as well as the residents of the UK's other tower blocks and make sure this does not happen again. 

andrew gow
159,317 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Theresa May MP

Petition for the release of Charlie Gard from Great Ormond Street Hospital's care.

What do we want? We the undersigned call on the Prime Minister to help release Charlie Gard from the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital so that he can undergo treatment in another hospital of his family’s choosing. On April 11th 2017 a high court judge ruled that Charlie’s parents be stripped of their parental rights and Charlie be refused all treatment. Charlie’s parents are running out of time with their baby, we feel strongly that Charlie should have a chance to live. He literally has nothing to lose but potentially a healthier, happier life to gain. With the help of over 200 thousand people from all over the world, Charlie’s parents have managed to raise over £1.3m so that their son can benefit from treatment. Why do we want it? Charlie Gard was born perfectly healthy on the 4th August 2016. He was admitted to hospital at 8 weeks old and was diagnosed with a devastating disease called Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome. Charlie’s condition is caused by disruption in the mitochondria, the part of the cell that provides energy to his muscles, kidneys and brain. After seemingly endless research and speaking to doctors all over the world, Charlie’s parents found a doctor in the US who has been treating children with similar types of Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome using something called Nucleoside Bypass Therapy. Nucleoside Bypass Therapy could potentially repair Charlie’s mtDNA and help it synthesize again by giving him the naturally occurring compounds that his body isn’t able to produce, it’s a non-harmful, non-invasive oral medication. Charlie Gard has been accepted by doctors in the US and with funds having been raised we now need permission to remove Charlie Gard from the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital where doctors want to move him on to palliative care. Charlie’s parents have spent over 3,000 hours at his bedside and know him better than anyone else. They are absolutely convinced he is not in pain. When he feels their presence, he opens his eyes as much as he can and they do not believe he is blind. High Court judge Mr Justice Francis ruled that in all ‘likelihood’ Charlie had suffered severe and irreversible brain damage and there was little hope the treatment could achieve ‘anything positive for him. We do not believe that ‘in all likelihood’ is a strong enough reason to sentence Charlie to death. Charlie’s parents know his sleep/wake cycle and can wake him up by tickling his feet and soothe him to sleep by stroking his head. If his parents thought there was absolutely no hope they would not be fighting. We need to change things and show how determined parents can forge a path for other families encountering similar obstacles. We need to find treatments for incurable diseases. We need to give other people hope. We need to start saving lives starting with Charlie Gard.    

Kayleigh Price
113,866 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament

Stop supermarkets from selling raw fruit and veg in plastic packaging.

In all the supermarkets in the UK and some independent greengrocers we often see fruit and vegetables sold packaged in plastic bags. The same retailers will sell the particular fruit or vegetable both in pre-packed and loose form, which leads one to believe that the pre-packed version is simply offered for convenience or to maximise profits. However when one considers the huge amount of plastic that is used for making this packaging it wouldn't be hard to believe that the damage to the environment would be the same or even more than that which plastic carrier bags cause. There is not reason why fruit and vegetables(with very rare exceptions) can't be sold in their natural form by weight. Furthermore the supermarkets can replace the small clear plastic bags that they place on the fruit and vegetable aisles with brown paper ones (same as those that they offer for buying mushrooms). Soft fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes and blueberries can also be sold in rugged cardboard punnets instead of plastic ones. Cardboard punnets are made of recycled paper and cardboard and they can be recycled again and they are biodegradable. Furthermore, cardboard does not contain any BPA or similar chemicals which are present in plastic packaging and which can leach into our food and end up in our boddies. The UK government rightly stopped the supermarkets from offering plastic carrier bags for free and they also have the power to stop retailers from offering fruit and vegetables pre-packed in plastic packaging which is not necessary and causes pollution.

70,701 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament Dfds Seaways, UK Parliament

JUSTICE FOR OLIVER Lets change these rules and policies Can you help?

This is Oliver's Petition please take a few minutes to read thank you. Oliver was the most beautiful dog in the world who loved his walkies and playing in the park with his tennis balls.We will never get over finding our baby dead in our car, the way he died will haunt us forever he put his trust in us and we let him down, our, baby was priceless and we miss him so much. :( Please if you can kindly sign my petition so hopefully the laws can be changed on animals travelling on ferries.#DogsOnFerries  Oliver died on a DFDS ferry. DFDS’s rules and regulations mean that on some routes dogs travelling have to be kept in cars. Our trip was just two hours long.  We followed all the procedures windows open lots of water as per DFDS rules, during the two-hour trip from Dover to Dunkirk we asked a member of staff if we could check on him and was told NO. Oliver died through overheating...  Oliver died alone in our car.  DID YOU KNOW... Cars can become as hot as an oven very quickly, even when it doesn’t feel that warm. When it is 22 degrees, in a car it can reach a temperature of 47 degrees within 60 minutes. These hot temperatures literally cook the brain and the delicate tissues of the body resulting in serious illness and frequent deaths. Oliver was subjected to this. If you were to leave your dog in a car and the dog became ill or worse resulted in a death you can be charged with the offence of Animal Cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 if convicted of this crime you could face up to 6 months in custody and or a fine up to £20,000. So why aren't companies accountable too? Oliver was not allowed out of the car and subsequently died ALONE!! Please don't let Oliver's death be in vain. I am asking DFDS to stop forcing dog owners to keep their dogs in cars whilst travelling on ferries and to find alternative arrangements to keep dogs safe and happy. I want to make people aware if you are travelling with your pet on a ferry think before you decide to take your pet with you - the conditions aren't always safe.  SO PLEASE HELP US CHANGE THESE RULES BEFORE ANOTHER ANIMAL DIES! PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THANK YOU SO MUCH. #louisa4454

lisa hall
45,269 supporters
Petitioning Rt Hon Theresa May, UK Parliament, Amber Rudd MP

Rescue Unaccompanied Children of Calais Jungle

As the child of refugees, I won't let up on this.  A 14 year-old boy, Raheemullah Oryakhel from Afghanistan, died last month after falling from a truck that was travelling to the UK.   Raheemullah was one of many unaccompanied children who had the legal right to be in the UK, but due to what now seems to be response-fatigue from the British government regarding the refugee crisis and having grown discouraged at application delays, he took a chance. One that cost him his life.  A census carried out by the charity Help Refugees last month estimated that the camp population has increased to over 10,000 for the first time, a 12% increase on last month, with 1,179 minors, of whom 87% are travelling alone.  387 refugee children living in the Calais ‘Jungle’ have been identified as eligible for protection in the UK according to the Alf Dubs amendment, but not one child has been transferred to the UK since the legislation was introduced earlier this year.  Together we can help to save each one of these children's lives by calling on Theresa May and Amber Rudd to prioritise their safety and relocation. These children are scared, hungry and believe that their situation in the Calais Jungle is just as bad as the one they've fled from. Human traffickers are preying on their despair by convincing them that the safe and legal governmental process of seeking asylum is ineffective and that climbing on to back of trucks is their route to freedom. Along with exposure to disease and sexual exploitation winter is approaching. We need to ensure that they're rescued from these inadequate, dangerous and unsuitable conditions. Our government needs to take a more proactive stance on the crisis not just a responsive one.  Theresa May & Amber Rudd:We are urging you to expedite the relocation process and uphold the promise made by your government to protect unaccompanied children who have been identified as eligible for safeguarding in the UK.  Delays are costing lives, the lack of urgency is throwing away futures. Theresa May, you along with the rest of our government need to act NOW.  As the child of refugees I can only hope that the British government will give these children what they gave my parents, myself and my future generations to come - a chance at life.  "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which they treat their child." - Nelson Mandela  Come to our Donation Bank Day - 30th October 2016 @ Dalston HiveWe're gathering items for the winter months. All details can be found on the link below:

Nakay Kpaka
41,463 supporters
Petitioning UK Electoral commission, The Sun, European Parliament, UK Parliament, BBC

General Election Fraud 2017

It has come to my attention that apart from the normal abuse of our postal voting system, during the General Election 2017 large numbers of students voted twice - once in their university constituency and once in their home constituency. This is indeed allowed at local election level but is subject to a fine of 5000 GBP at general election level. The UK led the world with its democracy, we were a shining beacon for others to follow. Let's not make British Democracy a laughing stock for the world. We the undersigned demand a full investigation be carried out and if electoral fraud on a large scale is found we demand swift action be taken.        

rhys james
37,022 supporters
Petitioning Leave.EU

Call on the Government to provide a definitive timeline for the triggering of Article 50

On 23rd June 2016, the British people exercised their democratic right by voting to leave the European Union. Following the result, David Cameron - who had pledged to invoke Article 50 immediately following a vote to Leave - resigned. His successor, Theresa May declared that Article 50 would not be invoked until the beginning of 2017 at the earliest. More recently, there have been murmurs of further delay in the triggering of Article 50 until after the German and French national elections, pushing back the date until late 2017.  Britain needs transparency on the government’s intentions. We therefore request the government to provide the public with a definitive timeframe for when Article 50 will be triggered, in addition to a deadline for when the prime minister will trigger it.  The European Union are clear they will not begin formal exit talks with the UK before Article 50 is invoked.  Unnecessary delay in triggering Article 50 will turn the referendum into a neverendum. In addition to the 17 million Leave voters who wish to see the government act upon its newfound Brexit mandate, it is critical for financial markets and UK businesses to have certainty on this issue as soon as possible.  Clarity on the timeframe for the triggering of Article 50 will also put an end to a minority calling for a second referendum, a proposal which 69% of the British public firmly disagree with, according to the latest YouGov poll.  In order for the government to be held to account on Brexit, the British public must be kept informed on its intentions. It is in the nation's best interests for Article 50 to be invoked as soon as is practicable. The government needs to inform us when that time will be.

36,077 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, UK Parliament, UK Government

Article 50 - Not in my name

Theresa May has signed the official letter, article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, which formally begins the process of leaving the European Union. For many milllions of people, this appears to be a colossal act of self harm.  Theresa May has called for the 'people of the UK' to unite and support Brexit, stating that "Britain will get a good deal". We disagree, there is no deal you can negotiate that can replace what we currently have, because we already have the best deal.  Leaving the European Union is completely wrong. A matter this complex should have never been placed in the hands of a referendum, but now we have to struggle on. So, as Theresa May and our despondent, disillusioned government tears us away from our closest neighbours, we must resist.  And as May continues to refer to the 48% in her quotes about unity, we must resist. We say NO, Theresa. We do not support your chaotic views, we do not support Brexit and we never will. Brexit. Not in my name. Sign this petition and show Theresa that she is not speaking for you!   

48 And Beyond
36,030 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Theresa May MP

Automatic lifetime animal ban for ALL convicted animal abusers.

In October 2016,  Michael Heathcock drove a nail through the head of his living 16 year old dog.  Richard Finch assisted him with the act and they buried the dog alive in Kirkleatham Woods in Redcar.  The dog was later discovered by horrified dog walkers and the police were informed.  The poor animal was later 'put to sleep' by the RSPCA to stop immense suffering.  Richard and Michael have addimited guilt.  Their defence was appalling, 'the dog was deaf,  blind and incontinent and Michael's house had started to smell'.  The pair could have very easily dropped the dog off outside a local kennel or done the decent thing and ensured the pet received the appropriate veterinary care.  These men have now been sentenced and have thankfully been given lifetime animal bans, but other convicted abusers are often banned for months or years, which gives them the ability to own another animal in their lifetime.  Pet licences may also deter people from buying an animal they are not willing to take proper responsibility for. These licences should be reestablished in the UK and vetting checks should be carried out on those wanting to have a domestic pet. Let's spend some of OUR tax on ensuring animals are not let down by this government's poor legislation.  All convicted animal abusers to be banned from owning any other animal in their lifetime.  Bring back the animal licence required to own a pet in the UK!  

Anna French
33,876 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Theresa May MP

Make Autistic hate crime as punishable as racism

Far too often in the United Kingdom we see some of the most vulnerable members of our society i:e the Autistic community being abused to the highest degree, they are subjected to horrific levels of bullying and psychological torture; often by those who pretend to befriend them just so they can exploit them for their own personal gain and amusement. Autistic teenager 16 year old Emily O'Reilly (pictured above) was brutalised on her way to a friends house.  If you follow the link above then you will see the urgency of this epidemic, the consequences of such treatment and atrocities are often fatal; why should it be allowed to continue that the lives of some of our most vulnerable are left so undervalued in both society and the justice system?     The 1 in 100 people in the United Kingdom who are born with this condition who will most likely experience this kind of abuse is far too many to not implement stronger sentencing for those who commit targeted violent attacks against the autistic community.    I urge the government to advise and work with the justice system to put in new legislation, and to follow the guidelines in sentencing already regarding racially, religiously and sexually motivated attacks;  let them be just as protected under hate crime laws as everyone else.   Thank you and please share & sign!

Oliver smith
32,410 supporters