Our legislators should be chosen by the people, not appointed by politicians. Please sign our petition calling for an elected second chamber.
Dear party leaders,
The House of Lords is unsustainable – it’s too big, it costs too much and its members are unaccountable to the public.
We believe the House of Lords should be 100% elected using a fair voting system.
Tinkering with the Lords by limiting allowances or speeding up the expulsion process won’t deal with the big issues. The only way to get real fairness and sustainability in the upper chamber is to have a fully elected House.
Sign the Petition Here
This petition asks that Liam Fox resign from his position as Patron of North Somerset Mencap – it is surely questionable that someone can be on the board of a governing body of a disability organisation while also voting in Parliament for cuts to disability benefits. At the time of writing, this petition already has 166 signatures – can we make it to 1000?
A few more petitions which you might be interested in
Reverse the ESA disability benefit cut
Stephen Crabb. RESIGN as Mencap Patron Pembs immediately. Voted for disabled to lose £30 a week ESA.
Scrap plans to force state schools to become academies
Free feminine sanitary products for all women.
As you know, the Tories are antagonistic towards the BBC and think it should be reduced to a small rump, handing over much of its excellent output to the private sector. More Mr Murdoch and the Daily Mail in charge!
Can this consultation go on the website too – it closes on 5th November, with a bang, I presume.
Click here to add your views to the consultation
If there words start you thinking about how important it is that the BBC remains a strong, in-dependant, unique and world class organisation you may want to get involved further.
The 38 Degrees has a Stand Up for the BBC petition .
We’re standing up for a strong, vibrant, publicly funded BBC.
The BBC is a great British institution, respected the world over. We don’t want to see it undermined.
This means we must:
- Protect the BBC’s funding by preserving the licence fee, and the clarity that comes with the current funding model.
- Help the BBC develop by putting first value for money and quality of service for licence fee payers, not the commercial interests of rival media companies.
- Ensure the BBC’s independence by preventing politicians from interfering in its day-to-day running, keeping the corporation impartial and independent, working in the best interests of and accountable to the British people.
To sign the petition and for more info, Click Here
And finally, check out the Save Our BBC Campaign, Link Here.
The Tories have launched another ideological attack against the unions, and this time they aim to reduce the amount of funding that unions can give to the Labour Party, try to stop democratic strikes by introducing very high vote percentages before they are legal, and forcing people to say, two weeks in advance, if they are going use social media to advertise the action.
Of course, there will be no limit on funds that bankers and fund managers give to the Tories, nor will they insist that politicians get similar levels of votes before they can be elected. Rank hypocrisy.
What can you do…? Sign this petition from the Trade Union Group HERE
Trade Union Bill: Leading the fightback
The Trade Union Bill may only be just over 30 pages long but reads like a catalogue of limitations to trade union freedoms and civil liberties, amounting to the greatest attack on working people in 30 years.
Instead of fighting to better the lives of the very people who have been hit hardest by their own policies, the Tories have chosen to undermine their rights at work.
Instead of amplifying the voices of working people in the workplace and political arena, they have chosen to try to silence them.
And instead of taking pity on workers who have been forced to take strike action as a final resort in a last ditch attempt to get the conditions at work that they deserve, the Tories have chosen to demonise them.
Make no mistake about it, this proves more than ever that the Tories have their sights set firmly on Britain’s 6 million trade unionists and it’s up to us to take a stand.
Greg Chambers, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for North Somerset, has expressed his concern about the government’s plans to stop funding for rural community councils such as the one in Somerset.
Mr Chambers said that ‘these councils provide an important voice for rural communities and services like maintaining village halls, and lobbying for better transport and digital infrastructure. It beggars belief that Defra can think about these cuts when rural communities are under so much stress already’
‘Please take a minute to sign this petition. They receive no funding from Somerset County Council and may not survive if this grant is withdrawn. Other Community Councils are in the same position.’