• Later trains to Berwick-upon-Tweed
    Berwick-upon-Tweed is situated almost exactly half way between Edinburgh and Newcastle. The absence of a later train service causes great inconvenience for Berwick residents, those living in the wider area, commuters and those making day trips to places such as Edinburgh, Newcastle and York, those travelling for business purposes, attending sports events, concerts, personal appointments, visiting family etc etc. It also has a negative impact on tourism and the local economy. For example, Berwick would be a good option for people to stay who wish to take in the Edinburgh Festival if it was not for the timing of the last train back. Berwick is a train journey of around 45 minutes to both Edinburgh and Newcastle and should be promoted much more as a “Commuter Town” (with the knock on benefits) but this potential is not realised because of the timings of the last trains. Berwick is also seeking to get major funding, through the Borderlands Growth Initiative, for a new theatre and conference centre and this needs to be accompanied and supported with later trains to maximise the benefits. The advantages are significant and wide-ranging from what would seem a relatively simple and achievable measure. Later trains stopping at Berwick is something that the government should insist on when awarding franchises to the train operators.
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  • Stop the Merger Aintree, Broadgreen and Royal Liverpool Hospital
    The Boards of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust decided the hospitals will merge in October 2019. Merging services limits patients’ choice, and increases the distance you need to travel to get to your nearest hospital. Some people will not be able to access the hospital, as they will not have the money for the bus fare. I would also point out accident and emergency at both hospitals are at breaking point. If the hospitals merge, they will eventually close one of the accident and emergencies. It is fundamentally wrong to allow the merger as the merger may be detrimental to the people of Liverpool and also cause job losses for staff. *Merging hospital trusts could increase mortality rates by up to 550 per cent and cause patient harm incidents to almost triple, new analysis by the Competition and Markets Authority has suggested. The same study also identified what it described as an average cost of more than £2.5m a year to the NHS from a typical merger as a result of the harms.* The source of this information came from this website: https://www.hsj.co.uk/policy-and-regulation/hospital-mergers-increase-death-and-harm-cma-study-suggests/7024329.article *Liverpool NHS trust inquiry launched amid concern over 150 deaths. This article was in the Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/06/liverpool-nhs-inquiry-launched-amid-concern-over-150-deaths-lch
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  • Not Prostitutes but Sex Workers
    The terms "prostitute", "whore" and "hooker", to name but a few, are out-dated and judgemental. Sexual services are, and have for millennia, been used for by a wide spectrum of people, from those in the highest echelons of society to the most "ordinary" person. The people who provide sexual services have the right to be respected and recognised, and not judged. They should be universally known as "sex workers" to reflect what they really do.
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  • clamp down on disability discrimination in London South Bank University
    This is important because the university in question treats their disabled students very poorly by not adhering to the Equality Act 2010, and other provisions such as the DDS and education plans of the disabled students, which places them at a disadvantage. Moreover, when complaints are raised by the students the establishment fails to carry out thorough investigations instead they try and remove students off the course by bestowing low grades and refusing to give advice on work. More importantly, in recent years the LSBU have had staff members sue them for disability discrimination so its clear there is a on-going problem at the university.
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  • Give families help to buy reusable nappies and wipes
    Reusable alternatives are easier to use than ever and the mountain of waste created by just one baby in disposables is shocking. They take far too long to break down and are clogging our rivers and waterways. I'm asking the government to provide vouchers to pregnant women to enable everyone to try cloth nappies. Even using them part time can make a huge difference. Some councils currently offer help, but it's not nationwide and many people don't even know the help is available.
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  • Stop Solarplicty and listen to the residents in Stoke-on-Trent
    Stoke-on-Trent City Council agreed a deal with Solarplicity in 2018 but did not consult the public or existing tenants prior to changing the terms of the tenancy agreements. The deal was approved by a committee of councilliors at the City council but again did not consult the public and it did not go via the proper scrutiny process to ensure that it was ok for residents. Since this deal has been implemented is has done opposite of what was advertised, such as causing serious financial harm to consumers of Solarplicity and many of whom are living in social housing and already on low incomes. It has caused so much upset and distress for residents many of whom who now feel alone and are vulnerable. We get accused of making things uo but the fact that there is a Facebook forum group set up by a number of residents now has over 650 all reporting the same issues. It also has a number of members from across other parts of the UK that are experiencing very similar issues and again feel we are been ignored. Ofgem recently removed a provisional order from Solarplicity claiming the company has improved but as customers we continue to see serious failings.
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  • Clear Allergen Updates on the FRONT of food packaging
    My 14 month old son, Max, suffers from an allergy to cow's milk. This means all dairy products and other products containing milk are out of the question for him. Because he is breastfed, it means I must be strictly dairy free too. Only a tiny amount of the allergen needs to be present in my breastmilk in order to cause a reaction in him.  Last week he suffered an allergic reaction after I ate a small slice of angel cake from the Co-Op. I had been regularly buying the same angel cake over the last 14 months from the Co-Op because it was safe for me to eat and did not contain any dairy products. While my diet is restricted it became my little treat.  On this occasion, unbeknown to me, the recipe had been changed and now contains milk. There was NOTHING on the front of the packet to alert me to this change. The packaging was identical to the original packaging.  It was only when I realised it tasted different that I checked the ingredients on the back of the packet that I discovered the change. Too late. We are "lucky" in that Max's allergy is a non-IGE allergy; in real terms, for us that means a delayed, non life threatening reaction which results in tummy troubles and a couple of weeks of disturbed sleep. But, what if he was anaphylactic to dairy? The consequences could have been MUCH worse. For some allergy sufferers this could have been a matter of life or death! I contacted the Co-Op who explained that legally they have done everything required of them by listing allergens in bold on the ingredients list, but they went on to admit they have "missed the mark" with this, and have promised to update the packaging immediately with an "allergy update", and to take steps to avoid this happening with future products. I am calling a for legal obligation for food manufacturers to display clear allergen update alerts on the FRONT of their packaging whenever one of the main 12 allergens are added: milk, cereals inculding wheat, rye, barley and oats, crustaceans, fish, nuts, soybeans, celery, mustard, sesame, sulphites, lupin and molluscs. Please sign this petition and help prevent a tragedy for someone who might not be as lucky as Max.
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  • Dyslexia assesments to be mandatory in primary schools.
    Students are reaching university not knowing they're dyslexic and not getting the support they need. Grades would significantly improve, for example I get A's in my exams and D's in my written assigment making me pass, however if I'd of recognised my dyslexia sooner I would of done better. Students have sued the council for school's not testing them, this is because schools are meant to recognise it and continue to fail. I therefore believe this clearly isn't enough as so many go without diagnoses and support.
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  • Provide support information after all TV shows that feature sexual violence
    Statistics show that three quarters of survivors contacting Rape Crisis centres do so over an incident that occurred at least 12 months earlier (1). It has been shown that where television programmes include storylines on sexual violence, there has been an increase in calls to support helplines. The Rape Crisis Helpline experienced a 132% increase in calls after the showing of Broadchurch (2), a similar spike in calls to support helplines was experienced following the rape of David Platt in Coronation Street (3). This information shows that survivors are often prompted to seek support following depictions of sexual violence on television. We are concerned that whilst terrestrial channels have moved to provide support information, they are inconsistent in their approach and this information is not available at all when the same programmes are watched via the internet/download apps (4). Having support information available consistently and across all platforms helps people access support when they need it. By not having this information available it can leave viewers unsafe when affected by such content. In addition, it can also give out confusing messages around consent, sex and rape, when support information is not given after storylines where content is less explicit – for example in storylines involving coercion. Further Information: 1. Three quarters of adults contacting rape crisis centres do so over an incident that occurred at least 12 months earlier https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-informed/rcew-statistics/ 2. The Rape Crisis Helpline experienced a 132% increase in calls after the showing of Broadchurch http://thesurvivorstrust.org/news/broadchurch-impact-survivors-support-services/ 3. Coronation Street male rape scene: Helplines see spike in calls https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-43498590 4. Recent examples where support information is not available after programmes provided online include: • The rape of Ruby Allen in EastEnders and subsequent court scenes – BBC1 • Victoria Sugden Rape in Emmerdale - ITV • Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson and Me – Channel 4 Image Copyright: Laura Dodsworth
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  • Save Southampton Bees
    Glyphosate has according to recent studies been linked to the death of bees. It weakens their gut bacteria making them more susceptible to disease leading to a higher bee mortality rate. A weedkiller containing glyphosate has also been found be a jury in Los Angeles to have been a substantial factor in a man getting cancer. Globally there are more honey bees than any other pollinating insects. They are vital to pollinate the food that we eat to surivive. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/roundup-weed-killer-cancer-bayer-ag-edwin-hardeman-a8830861.html https://www.newsweek.com/bee-death-scientists-warn-common-weed-killer-harming-honey-bees-1137103
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  • Ban Live Animal Export Scotland
    In 2016, around 2,400 sheep were sent from Scotland for slaughter to Germany and France and 3,000 week old Scottish calves were exported to Spain. In 2017, it was even worse. 3,073 sheep, 5,595 calves and 661 cattle were exported from Scotland for either slaughter or fattening; More than 5,000 young calves discarded from the dairy industry were sent from Scotland to Spain in journeys lasting up to 135 hours. The long-distance transport of live animals to Europe is a serious animal welfare problem. Animals are made to travel in cramped conditions with insufficient water supplies, uncontrolled temperatures and inadequate rest periods. Older animals travelling often give birth in lorries, while other animals suffer injuries and even die before they reach their destination. For the animals that survive the journey, there’s a risk that Scottish animal welfare standards will simply not be met by abattoirs overseas. For example, there have been reports of sheep taken from Scotland to France being subjected to inhumane and illegal slaughterhouse practises. Calves in France beaten and abused at rest point . https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/calves-beaten-hit-video-footage-violence-animals-live-exports-europe-a8899631.html Animals are sentient beings that feel pain and stress in the same way as we do. There is no escaping the fact that animals are suffering. The Scottish Government has stated that no one is comfortable with the issue of male dairy calves being exported. The dairy industry ensures maximum lactation and production from dairy cows. Male calves have no value in the process, so the majority are exported for fattening in Spain and then moved on for slaughter in north Africa. It cannot be guaranteed that that will be done in compliance with the welfare standards that apply in Scotland. I ask the Scottish Government to at least consider a ban, it is clear that this cruel trade—and the suffering that goes with it—will continue under the radar until this is fully banned. The UK Government has made it clear that a ban could still be the outcome of the consultation. Therefore, instead of pressurising a ferry company to circumvent its own policies and begin accepting live exports again, the Scottish Government should be spending its time working with its Westminster counterparts to address the glaring and urgent concerns about animal welfare. We have a rare opportunity to update welfare standards that the European Commission itself has admitted show poor performance and in relation to which there is poor compliance. The current standards were set more than 12 years ago. before the sentience of animals was legally recognised and, since then, the scientific and veterinary evidence has repeatedly stated that we should avoid transporting young calves as much as possible. We should be embracing with both hands this opportunity to bring forward a live export ban. Will you listen to the 73 per cent of voters who support an export ban, the ethical dairy sector and the scientific evidence that says that the current practice has to stop? Alternatively, will it continue to resist change at all costs, painting Scotland as a nation that puts cheap high-volume production ahead of sustainability, ethics and animal welfare Source: one kind & from parlimentory debate raised by colin smythe - Scottish labour party on the Export of Live Animals for Slaughtering and Fattening – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th October 2018.
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    ALDI are now selling slug pellets that have metaldehyde in them. (Doff Slug killer) This is poison which can kill animals and birds. If hedgehogs (which are in decline) or birds ingest the slugs they will be poisoned. Aldi is a mainstream supermarket which means this product is now widely available in many of their stores. Please complain to Aldi and ask for it to be removed (and to any other store you find it) E-mail: customer.service@aldi.co.uk. Phone: 0800 042 0800 ."Metaldehyde can be deadly to humans and animals, and it pollutes groundwater. Metaldehyde has been banned by DEFRA from Spring 2020. 'The decision to prohibit the use of metaldehyde, except in permanent greenhouses, follows advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that metaldehyde poses an unacceptable risk to birds and mammals.' All very well to ban it next year, what about the thousands of birds and hedgehogs it will kill before then!
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