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Vince Cable MP

  • Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Vince Cable is the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has been MP for Twickenham since 1997.

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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, 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
169,458 supporters
Petitioning UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP

STOP FAILING OUR CHILDREN More Beds For Adolescent Mental Health. #wecaresherry

#wecaresherry   "Standing In The Gap". With failing mental health services in the UK, over 200 children aged between just 10 & 19 committed suicide in 2016. Children as young as 10 are being refused NHS support in the UK due to a shortage of mental health This means the number of children will continue to rise.  One child's life you could save right now is Sherry's. This is Sherry's story.  Sherry is just 17 years of age. Sherry suffers from ADHD and Bipolar, she has suffered on and off in her young life with mental health issues but Sherry is now in desperate need of a long term psychiatric bed. This young vulnerable girl has been failed by mental health services in the UK for a long time but no more than the last 3 weeks. At the tender age of just 15, Sherry was admitted into a Priory Hospital, where she spent 9 months being treated for Anorexia. While being admitted the hospital failed to complete their inventory check meaning that Sherry was able to take the glass from a make up mirror into hospital. She was also placed in a room with a tv meaning she had means to hang herself with cables which she did. Now in just a few short weeks, Sherry has been in and out of hospital but in the last 10 days she has attempted suicide 9 times, she has also been seen by 18 'professionals' who have discharged her. This team of professionals includes a psychiatrist. In this 10 day window she cut herself over and over again to the point her wounds were so deep that it went into her muscle. Sherry inflicted this harm on each arm and each leg, yet she was deemed fit to go home by the hospital!! She told the psychiatrist, "my name is Sherry and I have a story, that I took my own life, I've known it for a long time, and I will do it". Such chilling words to come from such a young lady, those words were then played out again when she then took all of her prescribed medication in front of her youth support worker and ended up in critical care for two days while she fitted as her body was trying to cope with the dose she took. We then hoped and prayed as she gained strength that she would be detained under the mental health act but NO she was again released from hospital and sent home with no care other than from her loving parents. Her parents Andi and Chris have done everything above and beyond to help Sherry, even down to removing sharp objects from the house so she couldn't hurt herself but again on Wednesday 15th November 2017, Sherry left the house and within 15 minutes an ambulance and police were at the top of their street. Heartbroken once again Andi & Chris just knew instantly that it was Sherry, she had again cut her self over then tried to get on to the train tracks to end her life. Thankfully, a member of the public saw her and called the police. They acted with extreme speed, if they hadn't she wouldn't be alive today and her 'story' would have come true Sherry is thankfully FOR NOW, currently sectioned for 28 days while under assessment but they can release her after that. This again will probably be to lack of adolescent mental health beds. If she is again discharged she will continue to do what she does until she succeeds with what she currently wants to do and that is end her life. BUT..This is not just about sherry it's about all the youngsters who suffer with mental health problems.God forbid if Sherry had achieved " her story " who would of taken responsibility for her death? It wouldn't of been any of those 18 professionals.Please help us get this petition noticed by signing & standing in the gap with us for a loved child with mental health. Please share with everyone and anyone you know so we can start to help save our next generations lives!!  Thank you.  #wecaresherry please visit our fb campaign page    

73,392 supporters
Petitioning Jeremy Corbyn MP, Theresa May MP, Vince Cable MP, Brandon Lewis, ian lavery

Launch an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in major political parties

In the last few weeks hate crime monitoring group Tell MAMA has reported a spike in anti-Muslim hate directly linking this to comments made by Boris Johnson comparing Muslim women to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers.” Hate incidents such as: a Muslim woman on a bus being told to remove her niqab, Muslim women reporting passersby saying “oh there goes a letterbox” and mosques being attacked. These are only a small number of attacks that have been reported, many more victims remain silent and are reluctant to speak up.   Islamophobia for me isn’t just a word, it’s a lived experience. I’ve been called everything from a terrorist to a cockroach online, I’ve been told to go home, been discriminated against and had my choice of dress questioned many times. But recently, islamophobic attacks experienced by Muslims are more brazen. Nearly every story of islamophobia I hear is an attack against a Muslim woman. Muslim men face attacks too but from speaking to Muslim women and data from Tell MAMA it is clear that Muslim women have become the go-to target. These attacks will continue to alienate and isolate British Muslim women from society. That’s why I am working with Aisha Ali Khan, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu and Women’s March London to, call on Parliament to launch an inquiry into Islamophobia within all parties with MP’s in Parliament to ensure there is no space for racism and bigotry in British politics. We ask Parliament to adopt the following steps that have previously been proposed by Muslim Council of Britain and action these when launching this inquiry: Launch a genuine independent inquiry Publish a list of incidents of Islamophobia within parties and what action has been taken Adopt a programme of education and training on Islamophobia   Those we choose to represent us, should not endanger, disempower or divide us or make us targets - they should protect us. Divisiveness and hostility amongst communities is not what a democracy or those serving in a democracy should encourage or tolerate. I am asking fellow British people to show our politicians that we will not let this go. MPs go back to Parliament soon and I want us to make sure this is the top of their agenda. Please help me by signing. Image credit: Elainea Emmott

Mariam Khan
51,426 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Dominic Raab MP, Jeremy Wright MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tom Watson MP, Keir Stamer MP, Vince Cable MP, Ian Blackford MP

Let Touring Musicians Travel: Support Musicians Working in the EU Post-Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on Government and Parliament to introduce a European Union (EU) touring visa for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit. Please sign the petition to show your support!  Most musicians and performers rely on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living.   Musicians, and other creative and cultural workers, are a distinct workforce with specific needs. Visa and customs rules post-Brexit need to account for that.  Any EU touring visa must be affordable, multi-entry and admin-light.    Placing costly and resource heavy barriers to that could have a severe impact on working and aspiring musicians – as well as the broader UK music industry. Musicians already have experience with difficult visa systems. It can cost thousands to take a band to the United States, and the cost of fast-track visa processing fees have just gone up 15%. Musicians have voiced their fears that something similar might happen with the European Union, to devastating effect. The visa should cover all EU member states.    Musicians visit multiple countries on tour, often jumping across borders on a daily basis, often with very little notice.   If every musician has to get a visa and carnet for every country they visit, it will make any work in Europe impossible to schedule regardless of whether they are an emerging band or a world-renowned orchestra.  The lack of clarity on the future of musicians working in the EU is already having an impact.   MU members are already moving to Europe because they are worried about their future work; to get jobs, to make sure they can get work later, to travel, and to collaborate.  It’s also about who we are    “Music and the performing arts rely on exchange of ideas and interaction between performers of different nationalities. We love working in the EU and we love artists coming over here. If musicians can't travel easily both ways, our reputation as a country that embraces all arts and culture will be severely damaged. Our members' ability to earn a living will also be severely affected” – Horace Trubridge, MU General Secretary and founder member of Darts Let touring musicians travel Please support an affordable, multi-entry, admin-light touring visa that covers all European Union member states for musicians working in the EU.   

Musicians' Union
14,662 supporters
Petitioning Anna Soubry MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP

FINAL BREXIT VOTE for THE PEOPLE: It's the only way to get a result that people will trust

Whereas today's "lovable?" geniuses like Mogg (quite happy to invest abroad), Johnson (who quite happily gets Brits locked up abroad e.g. Iran) and Gove (with a smile/ facial expression that would be gold to any comedian) and dozens of dastardly Brexiteers ... only want to lock themselves away with you in the cupboard.  People, we are now almost 11.000 strong (and that's just this petition) ... and growing. There are tens of thousands that agree and millions around  2/3, that don't believe we can end up with any sort of beneficial agreement if we leave it to the politicians.  A Twitter poll I conducted had almost 30.000 responders, and the overwhelming majority 65% want to cancel Brexit. The first step is to force the government to give back the final vote to the people.  We need to pick up the pace. Time is running out (To the hardline Brexiteer advantage). We see what is happening. The hardline Brexiteers are forcing May to behave in such a way that there is no fall-back position except a cliff-edge Brexit. They are the smallest group, and now the tail is wagging the dog. In many ways, I blame Corbyn. Whereas Labour should be miles ahead in the polls, his refusal to accept reality, presenting his own version of unicorns and cake is making the distinction between Tories and Labour on Brexit, virtually indistinguishable.  We need to stop the government behaving like hooligans, trying to drive wedges between the members of the EU. The more we do that, the harder their stand will be.  We need to take back the final decision. We need to force parliament to listen. 

Brexit Revisited
11,505 supporters
Petitioning Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Steve Double MP, Sheryll Murray MP, jeremy hunt mp, UK Government, Steve Brine MP, Lord Andrew Lansley CBE, Sarah Newton MP,...

Implement scanning for all UK newborn babies for Hip Dysplasia

I am re-raising this issue as it is something that has personally touched my life and since being diagnosed in my teens I have faced years of multiple surgeries and continuous pain. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute suggests 9 out of 10 cases of hip dysplasia are only diagnosed during adolescence or adulthood and is the most common cause of hip arthritis in women younger than fifty, and the reason for 20% of all total hip replacements in the USA. Early diagnosis, prevention, and simple treatment is the best solution An ultrasound scan could pick up this 'silent' condition and allow the child to have less-intrusive treatment rather than surgery later on in life. Dysplasia, when detected within the first few weeks of life, can usually be corrected by simply placing the baby's legs in a special harness for about three months. Hip dysplasia is a condition where the 'ball and socket' joint of the hips don't properly form in babies and young children. Implementing scanning for all UK newborns for hip dysplasia and ensuring immediate less-intrusive treatment if found could reduce lifelong surgery and disability. It is said that 'If all babies were scanned and treated in their first 6 months of life it would reduce dysplasia surgery by 90%'. The NHS is incredible and this is in no way meant to cause offence to them as they provide incredible care but we all know the NHS is in financial crisis. The cost of scanning all newborns and treating those with hip dysplasia early is far cheaper than the costs of finding it later with inevitable repeat surgeries, joint replacements, education and career disruption, disability benefits and treatment for depression and chronic pain. We currently check babies using the 'Ortolani test' which is a manual examination where both legs are gently grasped and rotated outwards - a clicking sensation indicates a possible abnormal hip. This manipulation test can unfortunately be unreliable even in experienced hands. It is also suggested that hospitals do not always pick up on bilateral dysplasia as it works on one hip feeling different to the other.  It is estimated that up to 50% of abnormalities remain undetected, even though babies are routinely examined twice - once soon after birth, and again at the six-week postnatal check. Hip Dysplasia is often known as a “silent” condition. It does not cause pain in babies and doesn’t normally prevent them from learning how to walk at a normal age. So if the diagnosis is missed it may not become apparent until a toddler starts walking with a limp which then can only be corrected by surgery. In girls it is often not picked up till adolescence. This is something that needs to change. I beg you to look into this issue and for everyone to sign this petition so we can activate change. This is not a preventable condition yet scanning babies will result in avoiding the need for surgery later in life and cases of disability. 

Alice Bell
10,193 supporters
Petitioning Jeremy Corbyn MP, David Cameron MP, John Bercow MP, Jason.Beattie, Vince Cable MP

We Demand Police investigation, and the immediate prosecution of all MP's found to be committing expense fraud regardless of party or house.

The People of this country are sick of watching MP's avoid prosecution, when a person off the street would be jailed. MP's make the rules, they should be bound by the rules like everyone else. Parliament is elected by the people for everyone, not to exempt a select few. Over many years we have watched MP's defraud, steal and get away with slaps on the wrist just because they are MP's, and "the need to avoid a scandal";   The process of self governance on fraud has failed entirely, and the stench of it has become to much.  The time has come to completely start again, and end the culture of self interest that MPs of all parties and houses are used to.  There needs to be a drastic change in policy to prevent further incedences of fraud being covered over by MPs.  As soon as the I.P.S.A suspect an MP is obtaining money by irregular methods, the Police should automatically be brought in to investigate and it should be up to them and following that The Crown Prosecution Service to decide if prosecution is needed no one else.  It is time to bring them inline with everyone else, and make them as  vulnerable to prosecution as the rest of us.  And if they are found guilty they should jailed and never be allowed to hold public office again, and no party should be allowed to take them on in any "Advisory or Consultative" postions.    

Paul Tulk
8,890 supporters
Petitioning Secretary of State, Vince Cable MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Ed Davey MP

Make Mental Health a priority in every school/workplace

Mental health services is something that needs to be available for anyone who needs it.� We need it in schools, workplace, any where there's people, because if the services are there with you it would make it easier for people who need help to get that help.� When i was in school it wasn't available , so all my problems built up inside untill they all came out at once.The  constant bullying, the fear of failing exams, feeling insicure about how i looked & what other people thought. Thats when I  started to selfharm alot, i even tried to end my life more than once, i was in deep depression nearly all the time.          I don't want anyone else in a similar situation to go through this alone because; YOU ARE NOT ALONE � We need a mental health worker in every school & workplace, to help them find the good in life and get the support they need.❤

Amy fordham
6,463 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, World Wildlife Fund, Vince Cable MP

'They Can't Feel Pain' - Get the Tories to Acknowledge Animal Sentience in Post-Brexit Law

Today, the Conservative Party have shockingly announced that animals 'cannot experience pain, suffer, or feel emotions' - when discussing their plans regarding the EU Withdrawal Bill. The majority of animal welfare legislation is attached to the EU, and the government has been tasked with adopting certain EU laws directly after March 2019, but has dismissed animal sentience - an absurd viewpoint that defies all scientific evidence or everyday logic. A national outcry has already been raised over this revolting decision and the implications it may have. Not only is it morally repulsive, but this choice potentially allows for all animals (excluding pets) - to be exploited. This could see various inhumane practises, such as fox hunting, return in the coming years. That is why I ask of you to sign this petition, so that the Tories understand that we, the people of this country, will not stand for such a perversion of the laws regarding animal rights, nor will we allow them to return the United Kingdom to the cruelty of the past by ignoring one of the most prevalent issues of our time. Do not let the greed and foolishness of a few, defy everything our society has fought to acknowledge and protect.

Shayla Kirkham
5,385 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Sadiq Khan, Vince Cable MP

Andrew Griffiths Out, Voted To Take 1.1 Million Free Meals From Our Children

Our MP Andrew Griffiths voted in the Houses of Parliament with 311 other Tory and DUP members. Tories and their DUP allies voted through sweeping cuts to free school meals. These votes will affect 1.1 million children. Currently all families on Universal Credit can claim free school meals - a transitional measure to help people move to the six-in-one benefit. Our MP has now voted for all the deepest cuts to the NHS, Social Care, Welfare. The Burton & Uttoxeter constitutions feel this is now a step to far. Andrew Griffiths does not hold our best interests at heart, and is damaging our community with his Tory whip votes, enough is enough.  What we want to happen! 1) Andrew Griffiths to publicly apologise for his vote, to take away free school meals. 2) To stand down as our MP our community can’t take anymore harsh cuts.      All Views are my own and not of any organisation or groups I am involved with.  

Alex Eaton
5,373 supporters
Uphold the VAT Exemption Threshold for businesses supplying digital products

The changes to VAT on digital products is not new or sudden - the change was agreed in 2008 and we've done a lot to communicate it to businesses. Regardless, the majority of UK micro-businesses will not be affected. Here's a breakdown of how the changes affect micro-businesses: Micro-businesses that trade only in the UK - and never sell to the EU - won't have to do anything. They won't have to register for VAT in 2015. Micro-businesses that do sell to other countries in the EU but only do so through marketplaces like an app store also won’t have to register for VAT. It's up to the operator of the marketplace to account for VAT charges. Micro-businesses that trade to the UK and to the EU will have to register for VAT. But if they can separate out their cross-border business from their domestic they will only have to register for VAT on their cross-border sales. UK sales will be unaffected. Hope that helps clear up the change. Vince P.S. Lib Dems want to introduce a digital bill of rights - can you let us know what should be a part of it?

4 years ago