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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 Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, David Cameron MP, ABTA , Theresa Villiers, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP, Debbie Goffin, Joe Thompson, Dr Mahesh Sharma

Petition to End the Cruel Treatment of Elephants in India - by Save The Asian Elephants

Above: a baby elephant beaten to the ground in the "training" process of pajan. The plight of elephants in Africa is widely recognised, but far less is known of the even more desperate threats facing Asian (or Asiatic) elephants, whose surviving population is barely 5% that of African elephants, with numbers of Asian elephants declining from estimates of a million or more in the late 19th Century to scarcely 40,000 today. Save The Asian Elephants (STAE) is a not for profit association which aims to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian Elephants; working to end the terrible cruelty and brutal conditions suffered by this wondrous and ancient species. Young elephants are snatched from their forest homes to supply tourist attractions, temples and festivals. Capture from the wild often entails slaughtering the mothers and other herd members who attempt to protect their young. PAJAN – THE BRUTAL ‘BREAKING IN’ PROCESSThe captured calves are isolated and then forced into a pen and tied with ropes to prevent them moving. They are deprived of water, food and sleep. Terrified, they are brutally, often fatally, beaten with rods, chains or bullhooks (a rod with sharp metal hooks at the striking end) and stabbed with knives and nails. This practice – “pajan” – is designed to break their spirits and brutalise them into submission. We respectfully urge:1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end pajan and ensure the proper treatment of captive elephants. These magnificent creatures should either be released into the forests or kept in genuine sanctuaries. 2. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Former Prime Minister David Cameron to urgently fulfil their Government’s Manifesto commitment to “support the Indian Government in its efforts to protect the Asian elephant”. 3. The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) to press its members including Virgin Holidays,  to remove elephant attractions from their itinerary in India and the rest of Asia. Only visits to genuine sanctuaries and wildlife reserves where tourists observe elephants at a respectful distance (and do not ride them) should be permitted.Save The Asian Elephants now before it’s too late by signing our petition. Find out more about Save The Asian Elephants at www.stae.orgLike us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterFollow us on InstagramSee STAE's work  07/10/18: Thai elephant tourism hides abuse 07/08/18: Save the Asian Elephants charity hands Theresa May 200,000-name petition demanding action against cruelty 04/02/18: A-Law spotlight on Save The Asian Elephants 10/08/17: How You Can Help Save The Asian Elephants Mistreated For Tourism And On The Brink Of Extinction 04/08/18: Calls for ban on holiday adverts with elephant rides and circuses 16/04/17: CHAINED, TORTURED AND MENTALLY BROKEN FOR TOURISM We uncover the horrors of the Asian Elephants abuse industry, where beautiful animals are left dying in agony… and Brit tourists are to blame16/08/15: Tortured for tourists: Chained to the same spot for 20 years. Beaten into submission at secret jungle training camps. The terrible plight of Indian elephants by LIZ JONES23/08/15 Your roar of outrage for gentle giants: MoS readers' extraordinary reaction to abused elephants story  Thank you for your support.  

677,887 supporters
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
169,330 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    

73,362 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
53,891 supporters
Petitioning Boris Johnson MP, Dominic Raab MP, steve Barclay MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tom Watson MP, Keir Stamer MP, Vince Cable MP, Ian Blackford MP, Nicky Morgan MP

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

The Musicians’ Union is calling on Government and Parliament to back a Musicians' Passport for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit. Please sign the petition to show your support. The Musicians' Passport must:  Last a minimum of two years Be free or cheap Cover all EU member states Get rid of the need for carnets and other permits Cover road crew, technicians and other staff necessary for musicians to do their job 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.  The Musicians' Passport 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 Musicians' Passport 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 Protect the music you love. Sign the petition for a Musicians' Passport.  

Musicians' Union
22,511 supporters
Petitioning General Medical Council, English Government, UHNM , Houses of Parliament, Jeremy Lefroy (Councillor), Theresa May (PM), Matt Hancock (Health & Social Care Secretary MP), Health Service Ombudsman, J...

Stoke GP (of 23 years) facing unfair dismissal due to alleged racism

PLEEEEEASE read this shocking story as we look down the barrel that is pointing at yet another well qualified doctor that is facing the chop for "alleged" allegations of racism. Please note that my opinion is below the extract from StokeonTrentLive.   Royal Stoke doctor who faces inquiry for asking a Muslim mum to lift her veil says he will QUIT after 23 years as a GP due to the 'major injustice of the investigation. A GP who faces losing his job for asking a Muslim mum to lift her veil has revealed he plans to quit due to the 'major injustice' of the investigation. Dr Keith Wolverson 'politely' suggested he woman remove the niqab covering her face as he had difficulty hearing her explain what was wrong with her child during the appointment at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. But the 52-year-old was then 'deeply upset' to be told the incident had been reported to the  General Medical Council (GMC) and he would be subject to a racial discrimination inquiry. He says he has not been allowed to work at Royal Stoke's walk-in centre since the incident last summer. And ultimately, he could be struck off the register by the watchdog. Now the medic has told how is planning to leave the profession after 23 years of helping sick patients whatever the result of the investigation. He told the Daily Mail: "I feel a major injustice has taken place. This is why you are waiting so long to see your GP and doctors are leaving in droves. This country will have no doctors left if we continue to treat them in this manner. I’m deeply upset. A doctor’s quest to perform the very finest consultation for the safety of the patient has been misinterpreted in a duplicitous manner to suggest there has been an act of racism committed. I absolutely no longer want to be a doctor." The Muslim woman brought her daughter, aged ten or 11, to see him at the Royal Stoke's walk-in centre last June as she was worried the child had tonsillitis. But Dr Wolverson requested she remove the niqab because he could not hear her properly. He says she agreed to the request but half an hour after the consultation her husband made a complaint. Dr Wolverson told the Daily Mail: "He sat outside my consultation room and threateningly made eye contact towards me whenever I went out to fetch each patient. He then made a formal complaint and I was prevented from working at the walk-in centre again." It has since emerged that NHS bosses sent the GMC a form outlining the complaints. It says the woman told the doctor she did not want to remove the veil on religious grounds but he refused to continue the consultation unless she did. It claims he was ‘rude’ and ‘gave her a dirty look’, leaving her shocked and crying. She said she felt ‘victimised and racially discriminated’ against. A spokesman for The Doctors’ Association UK, told StokeonTrentLive: "It is of utmost importance that the religious wishes of our patients are respected. However, evidently there are some circumstances where removal of a niqab or burka is necessary for medical assessment and treatment. "Regardless of whether this complaint is upheld, the General Medical Council should consider issuing clear guidelines to protect both doctors, and our patients.” Written by Hayley Parker, for StokeonTrentLive on 19 May 2019.   For those of us who don't know what a niqab is....A niqab is an item of clothing that covers the face, worn by some Muslim woman as a part of a particular interpretation of hijab (modest dress). According to the majority of Muslim scholars and Islamic schools of thought, face veiling is NOT a requirement of Islam. However, a minority of Muslim scholars assert that women are required to cover their face in public. Today, the niqab is most often worn in its region of origin including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. HOWEVER, EVEN IN THESE COUNTRIES, THE NIQAB IS NEITHER A UNIVERSAL CULTURAL CUSTOM NOR IS IT CULTURALLY COMPULSORY.   Obviously, I don't want to step on anybody's toes or upset anyone, but in the same breath we need EQUALITY.  The doctor below was clearly trying to administer treatment to this lady's poorly child, but due to her headwear struggled to understand what she was saying. The reason he asked her to raise her veil wasn't racially motivated, premeditated or for any other reason than the fact that he couldn't understand what she was saying.  If he got the diagnosis or treatment wrong it could've had catastrophic repercussions, and I'm sorry, but as a parent my child's health would ALWAYS come first. Our doctors are few and far between and having had to have our local Stafford hospital (majority) closed, and the staff travelling and working between the two (Stafford & UHNM Stoke), we need all the doctors we can get to cover the greater area and to cope with such pressures. The fact that a doctor of 23 years may be struck off the register for this misunderstanding is DIABOLICAL & UNJUST. The fact that the mother's description of events changed and also the fact that her husband had been "sat outside my consultation room and threateningly made eye contact towards me whenever I went out to fetch each patient" should also be taken into review.  There are signs all over every hospital that state that there is "zero tolerance to mistreatment of our staff", surely this should count as this?! We need to PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS NHS & THE STAFF THAT WORK DAY & NIGHT to make it work as well as it does - whether in Stoke, Stafford, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Edinburgh or Dublin - WE HAVE VOICES THAT HAVE GOT TO BE HEARD!! Therefore, I implore you to sign this petition and share it to friends & family alike so that our National Health Service & all of the staff that keep it working so well are better protected from such ridiculous accusations. Many thanks in advance, M x

Miriam Williams
17,208 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
12,119 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
8,870 supporters
Petitioning Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Amber Rudd MP, UK Parliament, The British Council, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Vince Cable MP, British Airways, Department of Justice, Hackney Council, Human Rights Ca...

Justice for Delsie Gayle, the elderly lady racially abused on Ryanair flight.

On Friday 19 October, 77-year old Delsie Gayle was physically threatened and left shaken after receiving a horrific torrent of racist abuse on a Ryanair flight. A white male passenger launched a screaming tirade of racism at Delsie on a flight back from Barcelona to Stansted. As shown in this video, he aggressively invades her space, leaning over his seat and pointing his hand so threateningly that another passenger has to intervene to stop him hitting her. His comments include:  “I don’t care whether she’s f****** disabled or not – if I tell her to get out she gets out.” “I will carry on as far as I can with this ugly black bastard.” “If you don’t go to another seat, I’ll push you to another seat.”  “Don’t talk to me in a f****** foreign language you stupid ugly cow.” The incident began when Delsie's arthritis prevented her from moving out of her seat quickly, to let the man into his window seat. Delsie was travelling back from Barcelona with her daughter, who had planned the holiday to try and give her mum something to smile about after losing her husband of 50 years. Since the incident, Delsie has not heard from Ryanair. She has been left feeling so depressed that she 'can't sleep or eat'. “I feel very low, because he pay his fare to go on holiday, I pay mine, so why does he abuse me for that due to the colour of my skin?" ******************************************************************************************* Ryanair's terms and conditions clearly state that: 11.1. If, in our reasonable opinion, you conduct yourself aboard the aircraft so as to endanger any person on board, or obstruct the crew in the performance of their duties, or fail to comply with any instructions of the crew...or behave in a manner which we reasonably believe may cause or does cause discomfort, inconvenience, damage or injury to other passengers or the crew, we may take such measures as we deem reasonably necessary to prevent continuation of such conduct, including restraint. You may be disembarked and refused onward carriage at any point, and may be prosecuted for offences committed on board the aircraft. This is the airline that turned a flight around after a man drunk too much and fined him £2,500. Yet this perpetrator was allowed to racially attack a vulnerable women and received no restraint from cabin crew - to the point that other passengers had to step in and the women herself had to move. I am therefore calling for the following: A full apology from Ryanair to Delsie Gayle, a refund of her flight and agreed compensation. A full police investigation into the incident; with the aim of bringing judicial action against this man for committing a criminal offence with his threatening behaviour and racist, hateful language. Ryanair to be fined for breaching their terms and conditions, and code of conduct, therefore putting passengers in danger. An explanation from Ryanair as to why the situation was handled so inadequately. It is 60 years since Rosa Parks was forced to give up her seat because of racial discrimination. It is imperative that we refuse to accept such events today. We've come too far to sit back and let anyone be treated in that way, simply because of the colour of their skin. Please share with your networks accordingly.     

Candi Williams
7,530 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?

5 years ago