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Back Seni’s Law

UPDATE 06/07/18 - We won!

MPs approve 'Seni's law' to restrict use of force against mental health patients!

MPs have voted in favour of a new law to restrict the use of force against patients in mental health units, despite fears the bill might be blocked.

The changes would force NHS trusts to increase transparency about the restraint of patients, including making police officers wear body cameras when dealing with vulnerable people

The Commons burst into applause when the private member's bill, introduced by Labour's Steve Reed, passed its third reading.

The reforms are known as "Seni's law" in memory of Olaseni Lewis, who died in September 2010 after being restrained by 11 police officers at Bethlem Royal Hospital in south-east London.

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It’s time to stop deaths in custody and mental health units. Please support the private member's bill calling for the end of the use of inappropriate force against people using mental health services

Why is this important?

Thornton Heath resident Seni Lewis died in a mental health hospital after he was pinned face-down by 11 police officers until he stopped breathing. We must stop the use of excessive force that killed Seni and too many other mental health patients like him.

Steve Reed MP is bringing a new law to Parliament. It will create accountability and transparency in the mental health services and tackle the unconscious bias that means too many members of our black community are treated differently. No one else should suffer like Seni did, and every citizen from every background should feel safe when using NHS mental health services.

We need YOUR help to get Seni’s Law onto the statute books. Show your support for Steve Reed’s new law by signing the petition and asking your friends and family to sign too. We’ll keep you in touch with the campaign.

Together, we can make our mental health services safe and equal for everyone.


2018-10-01 12:42:46 +0100

Petition is successful with 64,765 signatures

2017-10-27 21:27:57 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2017-10-06 11:00:07 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2017-10-05 20:12:41 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2017-09-29 13:16:14 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-09-26 18:00:37 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-09-26 15:19:34 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-09-08 21:20:50 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-09-08 13:02:32 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-09-08 09:48:24 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-09-07 09:22:49 +0100

10 signatures reached