Transparency On Spain's Stolen Baby Outrage is Essential For The Mothers And Children Involved

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

In the Petitions Committee we see that time and time again, people come with nowhere else to turn. As a member of the committee we cannot always 'solve' problems or right wrongs immediately but we can sometimes offer hope to people where previously there might have been none and help them take a step towards the justice they seek. In Madrid, I'll be standing with Ruth and the other petitioners in their struggle.

Meet Amika: The Girl Fighting Period Poverty In Schools, Period!

Laura Coryton | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

Amika George is a 17-year-old campaigning superstar. She has joined forces with the tampon tax campaigners to eradicate period poverty in schools acro...

Using The Tampon Tax To Fund Anti-Abortion Groups Is A Bloody Outrage!

Kerry Abel | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK
Kerry Abel

Over the past few years, campaigners have rightly highlighted the fact that sanitary protection, which we feel is a necessity is actually taxed as a l...

MPs Will Now Debate Proportional Representation In Parliament - Here's A Handy Set Of Prompts To Help Them Out

Owen Winter | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

A petition calling for Proportional Representation to be adopted for Westminster elections has reached 100,000 signatures on the Government petitions ...

Protests Over Milo Yiannopoulos Being Nominated As Rector At Glasgow Show The Divide Still Between 'Free Speech' And 'Hate Speech'

April Wilson | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
April Wilson

I am not saying he shouldn't speak (though I wish he wouldn't); but there is a difference between giving a perspective and encouraging an attack on a group. For me that is the difference between hate speech and free speech.

Demand For Electoral Reform Going Strong As Petition Surges Towards 100,000

Owen Winter | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Owen Winter

Despite being nearly two years since the last General Election; despite the government sweeping constitutional issues under the carpet; despite Brexit and Trump dominating headlines; people are still clamouring for a fairer voting system.

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 14.09.2017 | 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 19.08.2017 | 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 20.07.2017 | 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 14.07.2017 | 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 01.07.2017 | 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 27.06.2017 | 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 29.06.2017 | 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 08.06.2017 | 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 09.08.2017 | 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.