online petitions

Outraged traders in Eastenders have this week started a petition against Cost Mart - a fictional cut-priced priced discount retailer it's feared will wipe out footfall from Walford's famous market and nearby business including 'The Caff', Queen Vic and Minute Mart convenience store...
Every day in the UK, women are fighting for equality in the workplace. Sick of getting ripped off for being female, they're fighting for equality on the high street. And, with two women a week killed at the hands of a partner or ex-partner according to the Office of National Statistics across the UK some women are even fighting for the right to stay alive.
We still haven't heard anything back from Apple, although I like to think they know all about our campaign from the coverage we've generated across the world. But what we are all waiting for is the next emoji update, which could come through at any time. If they decide to listen to the people and finally give us proper emoji representation, then we've won. If they don't, then they should expect to hear from the rather outspoken and increasingly loud ginger community across the world!
I am going to reel off some names here and I wonder if you know what connects them all: Steve Jobs, Jack Benny, Patrick Swayze
I embrace my hips, my hairy legs (always a winner in the winter months) and my little flecks of grey hair. This is who I am, I like to enhance the way I look, but I no longer feel the need to change it to suit anybody other than myself. There is a lot more to me than my 'imperfect' body and by taking control of that, I can concentrate on the rest of my being.
Platforms like are opening up politics because they put power directly into the hands of the people and it's good that Westminster is evolving to reflect that. But if Parliament's formal petitions process is going to achieve its full potential it should ditch the focus on arbitrary numbers and 19th Century committees and embrace a more open model fully fit for the 21st Century.
Today, 20 July, will be the second anniversary of my brother David Clapson's death. His benefits were stopped after he missed just one meeting at the Job Centre. He was diabetic and without the £71.70 a week from his jobseeker's allowance he couldn't afford to eat or top up his electricity card to keep the fridge where he kept his insulin working. My brother died three weeks after his benefits were stopped. He was 59.
My partner Scott and I should have been sharing our son Edward Gili's first birthday in May this year. But instead of having that exciting first year to celebrate and many more to look forward to, we had just nine precious days to spend with our beautiful son.
When launched in the UK, we did so with the belief that by giving anyone the campaigning tools that big organisations have, people would win change on their own terms. But we've also learnt that when small campaigns come together they are greater than the sum of their parts.
If the government bands together to engage young people, the entire country will be in much better shape for a brighter future. An engaged generation will go out of create sustainability for the country to assure it remains as rewarding as its current state and head towards a Better Britain.