• Stop Stealth Sugar
    There's an obesity crisis. Despite the premature deaths of millions in the UK from obesity-related illnesses, shoppers still can't make healthy choices - because foods are full of stealth sugars, which don't appear clearly on the labels.
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  • VICKIES WISH
    www.youtube.com/embed/_XLqbFE3Ino Our daughter Vickie (23 yrs) was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in September 2012, Whilst undergoing treatment she had to sign a waiver for all treatment/medicines she received. She had a Stem Cell Transplant on Christmas day 2012 and by April 4th was told she was in remission, For the next 3 months we had our old Vickie back, she was very busy helping her sisters and myself organise our 40th wedding anniversary,we were going to renew our vows. I had booked the church, bought the dress and got the reception.The only problem was that I hadn't told my wife as it was to be a surprise, I told her 3 days before the ceremony which was also her birthday. She was a little shocked but also over the moon. We all had a fantastic day and we just thought that life was great. Then in September 2013 almost a year to the day, the consultant at the Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham, called us in and told us that the disease had returned, needless to say, we were all devastated. After a few weeks in the YPU at Birmingham Vickie decided she wanted to be nearer home at Worcester hospital where she was first diagnosed, the doctors at the QE had already told us that there wasn't much hope of Vickie's survival. Vickie didn't know this, as she wouldn't attend any negative meetings, she always insisted that she didn't want to know anything bad. Unfortunately, the consultant at Worcester didn't have the same views, she was of the opinion that Vickie should be told everything so she could prepare herself, I argued that if Vickie was told the truth she wouldn't survive 2 more weeks and fortunately but begrudgingly the consultant agreed not to say anything, although I always knew that she would find a way of telling her even though Vickie had told her to her face that she didn't want to know anything bad. My worst fears came true at the end of November when the consultant found an excuse to tell Vickie every detail of what was going to happen to her while she was seeing her on her own! We entered the office and Vickie was sobbing uncontrollably. We took her home and she went to bed, she just gave up on life! she passed away less than two weeks later on December 10th, her Mum and myself were holding her hand when she died. My argument is, (and I have spoken to Doctors who agree) that if Vickie had been given the choice a year before, she would have signed a waiver stating that she didn't want to be told any bad news, this would have taken the pressure off the consultant, the Doctors and the nursing staff, on this waiver there should also be an option to tell parents everything and keep them in the picture, or in the case of the elderly there should be an option to tell the next of kin. There should also be an option for the patient to be told everything. We are saying that it was Vickie's wish not to be told, but she was denied that right, this needs to be put right, for everyone involved! A simple tick and signature on a well worded document would save a lot of families and NHS staff a lot of stress, so I am begging you to please sign this petition in Vickie's memory, and please remember it can happen to anyone at anytime. Thank you in anticipation. xxx Please send this to all your friends!!!!
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  • Climate science at the BBC
    In October 2013, the biologist Steve Jones, who reviewed the BBC's science output in 2011, told the Guardian he was concerned that the BBC was still wedded to an idea of "false balance" in presenting climate sceptics alongside reputable scientists. He said: "This goes to the heart of science reporting – you wouldn't have a homeopath speaking alongside a brain surgeon for balance, as that would be absurd. It's just as absurd to have a climate sceptic for balance against the work of the overwhelming majority of climate scientists." The BBC said in 2012 it moved quickly to put many of Jones' recommendations on science reporting into effect, including the appointment of a science editor for the whole of the corporation's output. But in 2013 in a select committee hearing David Jordan, head of editorial standards, told MPs that the broadcaster had decided not to follow Jones' key recommendations on climate change: "[Jones] made one recommendation that we did not take on board. He said we should regard climate science as settled … we should not hear from dissenting voices on the science." I had not realised that the BBC was into promoting ignorance. In 'A Christmas Carol', the Ghost of Christmas Present has two ragged children at his feet. He explains to Scrooge: " The boy is Ignorance; the girl is Want. Fear them both, but fear the boy the most." The president of the US National Academy of Sciences, Ralph Cicerone, and more than a dozen other scientists contacted by the Associated Press said the 95 percent certainty regarding climate change is most similar to the confidence scientists have in the decades' worth of evidence that cigarettes are deadly. So why are the BBC still interested in giving space to non-scientific nonsense about climate change? A number of newspapers have now set a policy that as a rule they will not publish letters to the editor if they attempt to put forward views that are contrary to science on this matter. The first such paper was the Los Angeles Times; the Letters Editor of the L.A.Times wrote this on 8/10/2013: "Simply put, I do my best to keep errors of fact off the letters page; when one does run, a correction is published. Saying "there's no sign humans have caused climate change" is not stating an opinion, it's asserting a factual inaccuracy."
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  • No Pub In Our Park
    So far a residents association has collected 700 signatures from the immediate area and it is necessary to escalate this to allow a greater response to this ill-advised proposal by a Council that has no interest in listening to its residents.
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  • Scrap HS2 - Help the Flooded
    Thousands upon thousands of people have been immensely affected by the flooding this year. In Looe, Cornwall, the fishermen cannot brave the current conditions, and are losing their livelihood. The UK government's response is to raise funding for flood prevention by a measly £100million this year. Permanent solutions will cost billions of pounds - which could come out of the £40bn budget for the HS2 rail scheme. HS2 is a luxury which we don't need right now, especially in the current financial climate.
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  • Stop Children's Centre and Nursery Cuts in Cambridgeshire
    These centres provide crucial universal and targeted support for parents, carers and young children. This withdrawal of funding will cause irreparable damage to the service, increase risk and vulnerability across the county, and mark a reversal of the 'Every Child Matters' agenda which is striving to eradicate inequality for under 5’s.
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  • STOP the 600 Houses Being Built on Marshalls Quarry
    We are already struggling to exit Moorside Road any time of day due to the amount of traffic. In rush hour traffic this area will become manic. Whitaker Ave is very narrow and cannot take additional traffic into the new builds. Moorside road is not wide enough as it is now (without having more traffic added), and is not suitable for HGV's. There are inadequate parking provisions, as well as issues with drains. There will be a loss of privacy, and the value of property will decrease. The local nursery and schools are full, and local surgeries and dentists are also all full. Further, we will loose the only bit of countryside left - which will disturb existing wildlife.
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  • Keep Martin Wilson
    Martin Wilson is a fundamental part of Friends'. He greatly enhances our children's enjoyment of learning, and he is an inspirational teacher who is loved and admired by the children and held in extremely high regard by parents. We urge you to reconsider this very disappointing decision and withdraw his redundancy.
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  • Citizens' "No Confidence in Government" Motion
    This is important because the Coalition Government does not have, indeed has never had, the support of, or mandate from, a majority of the electorate for the policies it is pursuing, Moreover, by its actions and omissions it has become very unpopular with the electorate, to the extent that they now hold it in contempt for its uncaring, unjust and cynical policies, its waste or stripping of national assets, and its undue influence by and preferences for the private sector, instead of serving and safeguarding the public interest, its paramount responsibility.
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  • Stop the closure of Brain Cancer Centres
    Under plans from NHS England, it is intended to close three quarters of UK's specialist brain cancer centres who provide targeted radiotherapy treatment. This goes against everything that the NHS is supposed to stand for, meaning that possibly many additional miles will be travelled to one of the remaining few centres left. This is a disaster for patients and families alike and lead to totally unnecessary loss of life. Doctors, patients and families alike are furious as NHS England is rejecting doctors advice and is condemning patients to invasive brain surgery or total brain radiotherapy, whilst not using available resources sensibly. That NHS supposed transparency is once again not in existence means that already hard pressed families and patients with this invidious disease are left far behind their European and USA counterparts. It is a total travesty if these closures go ahead with the NHS Board members obviously having no knowledge of how this affects the patients and families lives on a daily basis.
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  • Children's Safety
    Everyday there are reports of cars jumping the lights. Our children's safety is very important and there have been incidents where children have nearly lost their lives. This campaign wants to prevent this happening, so please take a few minutes out and sign this petition and share it around. We need 1000 signatures for County Council and I need everybody's help. Already, in the short amount of time I have been dealing with this, Highways did find a fault on the timing of the lights and this has been adjusted. So, if we all pull together, we can achieve the goals and make it a safer crossing for the children.
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  • SAY NO TO CHILDCARE AGENCIES
    You are not seemingly acting in the best interest of children in childcare if you bulldoze your ideas through without any thought of the impact on small business and the children they care for. You wonder why there is a downfall in people wanting to become childminders? Well is it any surprise when you are going out of your way to try to put them out of business and make life so difficult with paperwork? Perhaps you should be looking at the real reasons there will be a shortfall in childcare professionals!
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