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Chelmsford member poll: results are in!

December 7th, 2011 by

Together we’ve come up with some great ideas for what we should do next about the “zombie-like” comments made by Simon Burns MP. We collected suggestions from our get-together in Chelmsford, emails, comments on the website, our facebook page and twitter. Then we put them into a poll and analysed the responses. Here are the results:

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Chelmsford voters’ agreement: what do you think?

December 7th, 2011 by

Get together in Chelmsford

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One of the ideas from our get-together in Chelmsford was that we could work together to draw up a “voters’ charter”, to lay out what local members expect of the MPs (and possibly other figures like councillors too) they elect, now and in the future. Then we can ask Simon Burns MP and other local politicians in Chelmsford to agree to it.

As a first step, we can start discussing what might go into the agreement. The overall idea was to set down some basic, minimum expectations for how a politician should engage with their voters between elections. One idea is to ask for a commitment to responding to their voters when they get in touch. Other ideas have included being willing to meet small groups of people who share concerns about a particular issue.

Do you live in Chelmsford? What do you think? What other things are important to include? Are there commitments local voters could make in return? Share your ideas in the comments section below, then we’ll arrange a get-together in Chelmsford to get all our ideas together before the final process of getting an agreement written.

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Chelmsford members meet-up

November 30th, 2011 by

Get together in Chelmsford

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A big group of 38 Degrees members met up in Chelmsford yesterday to discuss how to respond to their local MP Simon Burns comparing us all to zombies.

Some great ideas came up and we’re looking forward to seeing what happens next. Do you have any ideas about how we could get our views across to Simon Burns? Please share them below.

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Save our NHS bill in the Lords: competition briefing

November 30th, 2011 by

The House of Lords could debate the most damaging proposals on competition in the NHS as early as next week. Together we decided to make standing up for our NHS a priority issue. Over the summer, thousands of us clubbed together to pay for independent legal advice. This confirmed our suspicions that the health bill leaves the NHS wide open to the most damaging effects of competition. But the government has already suffered setbacks in the Lords.  Now, using our contact a Lord tool, 38 Degrees members are reminding Peers to read our legal advice before they start to debate introducing more competition to the NHS.

You can write to a member of the House of Lords here.

You can read the legal advice below:

If you’d like to print or download the legal advice, click here for a PDF.

NHS legal review: Competition and Procurement.

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