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Petition to Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Paul Nutall MEP, Tim Farron MP, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Caroline Lucas MP and Jonathan Bartley, Leanne Wood AM

Make votes matter in general elections - we want proportional representation

There is a snap general election on 8th June. We need to make sure it is the last one to use the archaic First Past the Post voting system. I was 16 years old at the last general election. I couldn’t vote but I was frustrated that the election results didn’t reflect how people voted, so I started this petition for a fairer voting system. Two years on and I’m finally allowed to vote - but my vote still doesn’t matter. I want to be able to vote for whichever party I believe in. I don’t want to be scared of ‘wasting’ my vote or ‘letting the other side in’. I want a vote that counts. The only fair and democratic system of electing MPs is one that matches seats in Parliament to how people voted - proportional representation. During the EU referendum campaign, senior Conservative politicians including Liam Fox, Iain Duncan Smith and David Cameron celebrated the fact that every vote in the referendum counted equally. Now it’s time we applied the same principle to our general elections by moving to a system of Proportional Representation (PR). One of the reasons that people voted to Leave the European Union was because they wanted more of a say in our democracy and wanted to ‘take back control’. The only way we can have a real democracy, and take control of how the country is run, is through an electoral system which is fair and proportional. In 2015, the Green Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP won almost 25% of the votes but now make up just 1.6% of MPs. UKIP won 3.8 million votes and one MP, whilst the SNP won 1.5 million votes and 56 MPs. It was the most disproportionate general election since women won the vote in 1918, with 74% of votes wasted. The First Past the Post voting system is undemocratic and dramatically distorts the results of our elections. Politics is no longer a choice between two candidates, we need a system that represents the wide range of views that are now on offer. Our current voting system is broken and needs replacing. Please support this petition for a fair and proportional voting system. Together we can keep this issue at the top of the agenda. If you’d like to join thousands of us all over the country who are taking action to make votes matter, sign up at

Owen Winter
273,293 supporters
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Petition to NMC UK

UK Nursing Council(NMC), Please Reduce the IELTS Score for Overseas Nurses Registration in the UK

Overseas Qualified nurses need to score Individual score of 7/9 in Academic IELTS to gain registration with the  Nursing Midwifery Council UK. many non-English speaking countries nurses were getting registration without this pre-requisite as they are in the European Union. International nurses started migration  into the UK  in 2001 during when no language requirements in place. At a later stage, NMC implemented  IELTS requirements of individual 7 band scores in each module in academic IELTS  in a single or double attempt which is considered difficult to score.  However,  most of the university courses demand language competencies with IELTS scores below 7.  A recent consultation report conducted by NMC states that majority of the public believes IELTS  score threshold for registration with the NMC  should be reduced. Moreover, they commented it is unfair that European union nurses are treated differently from overseas nurses with the same qualification. Also, the report says IELTS does not reflect mastery of language and other approaches should be considered.  Sir Bruce Keogh’s  Report points shortage of nurses and Understaffing levels to be the reasons for high death rates in 14 NHS hospitals in the country. Also, RCN  report says NHS faces a shortage of  20000 nurses in the country leaving patients to suffer.  In the UK,  overseas qualified nurses majority of whom have gained bachelor or masters degree from the  UK, who are competent are working in the health care sector as healthcare assistants and support workers at minimum wages. In light of these facts, we hereby request to consider the following  suggestions; 1 Reduce the academic IELTS score for NMC registration. 2 Provision of exclusion for nurses who completed degree or masters from UK universities.  3 Reduce the IELTS requirements for overseas nurses who have 3 or more years of work experience in the HealthCare Sector in the UK. Click here to read the current Language requirement set by NMC

Febin Cyriac
4,115 supporters
Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to sarcoma action group


WHAT IS IT ? SARCOMA- never heard of it , that's o.k because most fully qualified and trained Doctors haven't either.   Sarcoma is a rare cancer that affects 200-250 people in Ireland annually.  There are 50 different types, which are not easily diagnosed unless you are specifically trained in this area.  If caught early, Sarcoma is curable, however if not diagnosed early and spreads then Sarcoma is incurable.  The only hope for patients of incurable Sarcoma is a specialised plan, which requires a Specialist in the Sarcoma field. There is currently only one Sarcoma Specialist employed in St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin.  Sarcoma patients throughout Ireland have been forwarded to this Specialist by various Consultants throughout the last number of years, which questions if she may be the leading, if not only, Sarcoma Specialist in Ireland.  Over the last three years, this department and Sarcoma patients have thrived under the care of Dr Alexia Bertuzzi, with many owing her their lives. WHY A CRISIS YOU ASK? As of the end of June 2016, this consultants contract will cease. At the moment the only patients notified are those who have actually contacted St Vincents Hospital CEO, querying why this Consultant will no longer be in charge of both their care and the Sarcoma Service. Patients have been advised that their care and the Sarcoma Service is being transferred to a Consultant Medical Oncologist. Upon investigation it has been discovered that the new Consultant is not a Specialist in the field of Sarcoma.   How can someone that is not trained to know the symptoms, be able to then provide patients with a treatment plan to save their lives? How can a hospital allow a service as unique and rare as Sarcoma be run by a person without the required specialty. We as a group of Sarcoma Patients, under the care of St Vincent's University Hospital, are pleading with you to please take a moment to sign our petition, requesting that Sarcoma Services are maintained to the high level that is currently being achieved. We are pleading that a Specialist in the area of Sarcoma is put in charge of OUR health and OUR lives.  Lives have already been saved over the last number of years, we want this to continue the way it has been.  IT COULD BE YOU THAT NEEDS THIS SERVICE NEXT                               

Sarcoma Ireland
15,819 supporters
Update posted 4 hours ago

Petition to Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP

Essex Police: Release ALL Documents Withheld under PII to Jeremy Bamber’s Legal Defence

Essex Police: Release All Documents Withheld under Public Interest Immunity (PII) to Jeremy Bamber’s Legal Defence Team with Immediate Effect. As 30 years have now elapsed since the tragedy took place, there is no beneficial reason for withholding the documents and photographs by refusing disclosure under Public Interest Immunity or for any other reason. The public have a right to insist that they are released to his Defence Counsel forthwith so that a fresh appeal can be lodged on Jeremy’s behalf. At White House Farm, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, England on the 7th August 1985, five members of the same family were shot dead. They included Nevill Bamber, his wife June Bamber and their daughter Sheila Caffell and Sheila’s twin sons, Nicholas and Daniel Caffell. Based upon evidence the police established the shootings as a case of murder/suicide. However, Jeremy Bamber, Nevill and June’s son was arrested on the 8th September and released after six days of questioning. He was re-arrested on the 29th September and charged with murder. In October 1986 he was convicted on a 10:2 majority verdict and given a twenty-five year sentence, but the Home Secretary changed this to whole life in 1994.     Disclosure Required 1.      Original handwritten logs and statements written by Malcolm Bonnett & PC West relating to Jeremy’s father calling the Police between 03:00am and 03:30 am saying his daughter had gone berserk with the gun. 2.      The original situation report radioed in by PS Bews calling out the firearms team because he'd seen Sheila Caffell moving in the house while Jeremy was with police. Also PS Bews and PC Myall’s original witness statements written on the 7th August 1985. 3.      The 06.9.85 Report by DI Kenneally stating that the evidence showed Sheila was responsible for murdering her family and then committing suicide. 4.      Also required, the audio recordings of the open phone line at White House Farm recording the raid on the house by the Firearms Officers who broke in at 07:39am. 5.      The original handwritten statements from first case investigation number SC/688/85 including those written by the raid team and all fifty-four (54) people who entered the house on the 7th August 1985. 6.      Interviews from the DI Dickinson Enquiry including those from the forensic scientists Glynis Howard, Malcolm Fletcher, Graham Craddock and Graham Renshaw to discover if they wrote the same things to the Dickinson Enquiry regarding two sound moderators, that they later admitted to during the 1991 C.O.L.P Enquiry. 7.      Public Interest Immunity file on Julie Mugford referring to her ‘deal’ with the Crown Prosecution Service in exchange for immunity from prosecution for five criminal offences three of which were unknown to the jury. Also disclosure of the Essex Police file on the £25,000 newspaper deal, agreed to in November/December 1985 (pre-trial) by Julie Mugford’s solicitors. 8.      Photographs of all the rooms in white house Farm including those containing firearms such as the main office, and the box room next to the Master bedroom. In November 2001, all the case negatives were in uncut complete strips of ten. By 2011 and their disclosure to Jeremy, someone had cut and removed seventy-seven (77) negative images from these film strips, which left sixteen (16) of them cut up into multiple pieces of two, three and four frames. Disclosure is required of all seventy-seven (77) photographic images. 9.      Sheila Caffell's medical/psychiatric records referring to her conversations with her consulting psychiatrist where she informs him she was afraid she would kill her children - as he briefly mentioned at trial. Disclosure of her 1983 and 1985 diaries periods where she suffered severe episodes of psychosis. 10.   Original forensic report by Renshaw referring to the blood in the sound moderator as identical to beneficiary of the Bamber estate Robert Boutflour, one of the relatives who found it after police searched the house and 'missed it'.  Jeremy Bamber has been in prison for 30 years.  Please sign the Petition. Thank you.

The Jeremy Bamber Official Campaign
2,057 supporters