Step One: Start A Petition - How Online Campaigns Win

Brie Rogers Lowery | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Tech
Brie Rogers Lowery

A few weeks ago, a young woman appeared on the BBC's Big Questions - but this woman wasn't there to discuss religion or moral issues but the positive effect that her petition had on her life and millions of other women. Her name is Laura Coryton and she led the campaign to end the tampon tax - anyone who watched George Osborne's budget last year will have seen her success.

To Those Who Say That Protests And Petitions Are Useless

Selena Drake | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Selena Drake

The long-term impact of consistent and unrelenting protests will not just have a negative impact on Trump himself, but it will damage the very idea of meaningless prejudice and those who act as a mouthpiece for it.

It Saddens Me Deeply But, Officially, I Never Actually Gave 'Birth' To My Son, Archie

Kym Marsh | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kym Marsh

If you look at the records, he simply doesn't exist, as if he was a somehow nothing more than a figment of my imagination. But he's so much more than that. And while Archie was only on this Earth for a few short minutes, he existed to me. He was, and will always be, my little boy and there's not a day goes by that I don't think of him. You see, according to UK law as it stands, a parent cannot be issued with a birth certificate if the child is born showing no signs of life before 24 weeks.

Slipping Through The Cracks Of NICU Parent Mental Health Care

Vicki Cockerill | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Vicki Cockerill

This is surely the time our mental health is likely to suffer? Why is there not some sort of check system to go and visit those who have had a traumatic birth or had a NICU baby, or even lost a baby? Perhaps then it won't get to the point where we are diagnosed with a mental illness.

10 Tweets That Sum Up How Outdated (And Pretty Rude) The Term Essex Girl Is

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

How many Essex girls does it take to sign an online petition? More than 5,000 women have now given their support to a campaign that wants to get the ...

I've Won Gold, Silver And Bronze At The Paralympics, More People With A Learning Disability Should Have The Same Opportunity

Jessica-Jane Applegate | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Sport
Jessica-Jane Applegate

I'm Jessica-Jane Applegate, I'm 20 years old and I'm an elite swimmer. I've competed in competitions all over the world, I've set over 75 new British Swimming records and I've won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in London 2012 and Rio 2016 and in 2013 was given an MBE. I also have a learning disability.

Sexual Harassment In Schools Needs To Stop

Larissa Kennedy | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Larissa Kennedy

I am just one girl writing this, but I am one girl representing thousands, who urgently want to see the end of sexual harassment in schools.

Team GB Are Storming The Rio Olympics - So Why Are Local Councils Cutting Access To Essential Grass Roots Sports Facilities

Wendy Kravetz | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Wendy Kravetz

Once the facilities go, that will be it. The dream is over. This is a service that encourages and inspires children in north London and gives them aims and ambitions for the future, not only to aim for Olympic greatness but also to strive for success in every aspect of life.

No, Palestine Has Not Been 'Deleted' From Google Maps

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK

Thousands of people are calling on Google to “reinstate” Palestine after reports the state was deleted from its maps service, but it turns out the...

Why I'm Campaiging for the Government to Introduce an Animal Abuse Register in the UK

Maxine Berry | Posted 19.07.2016 | UK
Maxine Berry

At the moment there is nothing to stop an animal abuser from moving a few miles up the road and then obtaining another animal to inflict further abuse on. Stricter laws need to be implemented to help protect vulnerable defenceless animals in the future.

Prime Minister Theresa May: Please Free Grandpa Kamal

Kamran Foroughi | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Kamran Foroughi

This Saturday is 1,900 days since his arrest - he has not seen his family for over five years. The Foreign Office told me that during the nuclear negotiations, they did not once bring up my dad's detention with Iran. I think that was a missed opportunity... We must not rest until my dad is back home with his wife, daughter, son and two granddaughters. We have all suffered for too long. Theresa May, please do everything you can to help free Grandpa Kamal before it is too late.

NHS England: Allow My Daughter Access to Eculizumab, the Lifesaving Medicine You Allow Others

Jo Longfellow | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Jo Longfellow

In May 2013 my family metaphorically car crashed into a world we knew little about. We were suddenly treading water manically to keep our heads, and members of our family firmly above the surface. Cases had been packed for a family holiday and in 24hrs we should have been boarding a plane. But we were going nowhere.

The Steady Ascent of the Silent Majority

Thomas Smith | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

The Financial Times Unbeknownst to the seismic change unfolding overnight, my peaceful sleep was abruptly interrupted by a panicked mother in ...

Petitions and the Curse of Crowdsplaining

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Petitions are one of the worst forms of 'crowdsplaining' and they really annoy me. I don't know whether they're so irksome because they're utterly useless, or because if they actually worked they'd be so detrimental to reasoned democracy.

Petition For Second Referendum Investigated For Mass Fraud

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK

An MP has revealed the petition calling for a second referendum on Britain's membership of the EU is being investigated for fraudulent signatures adde...

Girl's Bullying Petition Reaches More Than 70,000 Signatures

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents

More than 70,000 people have signed a petition to raise awareness of a 13-year-old girl who is getting bullied at her school. Tayla Sekhmet, from Aust...

Why I'm Asking Jeremy Hunt Not to Shut the NHS Door on My Son Matty

Nicholas Jones | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Nicholas Jones

A new or amended national policy is no doubt the correct formal answer, but time is absolutely essential to Matty so we are asking Jeremy Hunt in conjunction with NHS England to approve Matty's treatment without delay. This family, and I believe this nation, will hold Mr Hunt and NHS England for ever accountable if they close the door on Matty.

Father's Plea To Get Son 'The Drugs He Needs To Fight Life-Threatening Kidney Disease'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Matty Jones' kidneys are slowly deteriorating and it's endangering his life. But the drug that his family claim can save him are not currently availab...

One Person Can Make a Difference - And Everyone Should Try

Laura Rutherford | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Ever get those moments when you look at your kids and think you just love them soooo much? You'd do anything for them. You want the very best for them. And nothing less. This doesn't change if you have a child with disabilities. The only difference is you usually have to fight for everything that makes your baby's life easier.

Government Petition Website Wins Comedy Award

Maddie Sinclair | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Maddie Sinclair

The government's petition website - - won a British Comedy Award last night, taking home the gong for 'Most Hilarious Website'.

Should Sexist Comments Mean the End of a Petition?

Karen Dobres | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK
Karen Dobres

My fear is now that any petition can be taken down because it attracts sexist comments and that we will lose the potential for valuable change, as we may have just done with regard to Kuenssburg's fitness for her job. My fear is that, ironically as it may sound to Laura Bates and 38 Degrees, that at the end of a nasty day, sexism has won.

Petition To Sack BBC Political Editor Removed After 'Being Hijacked By Sexist Trolls'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK

A petition calling for the BBC's political editor to be sacked over claims of bias has been pulled by its creator, after he said it had been "hijacked...

Petition Calls On David Attenborough To Change Name To Boaty McBoatface

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Comedy

An internet petition is calling on Sir David Attenborough to change his name via deed poll in protest to the government's decision to overturn a poll ...

Drastic Improvements Needed for Student Mental Health Services

Lucy Roberts | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Roberts

Hope At Hand have launched a new petition to improve continuity of mental health care for students. One in four of us experience mental health issues in the UK each year, so why is it yet to become a priority for the UK government?

Parkrun Is a Globally Successful Initiative - That's Why We Have to Fight to Keep It Free

Vanessa Furey | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK
Vanessa Furey

Even a small charge creates a barrier to people taking part, and once the principle has been established it'll be difficult stop it increasing in future. Not only that, it discourages anyone from creating similar schemes as the costs will stop them as soon as it becomes successful.