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Save our NHS: what a brilliant day!

February 28th, 2015 by

38 Degrees members were part of something big today. Together 38 Degrees members stood up for the NHS all across the country. Here’s a look at what’s been happening:

Over 11,000 of us hit the streets, adding name after name to a petition telling all our local politicians to save the NHS. Here’s a first look at pictures!

We’ve signed up young and old, neighbours and strangers:

A collage of members' pictures from today

We’ve all been united by a love of the NHS:

A picture of a member from Tredegar

And now we’re making plans to get back out on the streets again:

A collage of members' pictures from the day

Christine from Camborne says: “It was fantastic to speak to so many people who, like me, feel so passionately about the NHS and don’t want to see it broken up and sold off to private companies. The NHS is so important and so valued – it’s vital we continue to get out on the streets and make our politicians take notice of how strongly the public feels about the NHS.”

If you agree with her, you can set up a date and time to hit the streets again by clicking here. We may have got wet, we may have got cold, but here’s to a brilliant day.

As 38 Degrees member Jane said on Twitter: “I’ve been collecting signatures for 2 1/2 hours and loved every second. Everyone is adamant about keeping our NHS!”

If you’d like to see the full story of the day, click here: https://storify.com/38_Degrees/save-our-nhs-day

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Peter Oborne: on HSBC, The Telegraph and press freedom

February 19th, 2015 by

This is what 38 Degrees members are against when we try to expose tax dodgers. The Daily Telegraph stands accused of burying stories about HSBC and tax dodging – because they were worried about losing advertising revenue.

The Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator, Peter Oborne, announced his resignation on the Open Democracy site on Wednesday. He says that the lines between advertising and news have been dangerously blurred at the paper.

He spoke to 38 Degrees yesterday to explain what happened. Watch the video here:

election meet up video

In the interview, journalist Peter Oborne suggests where the media is going if this big money pressure continues:

“News is going to be a cooperative production between powerful corporate interests and willing participants in newspapers and then it’s going to depart altogether from what we expect of honest reporting.”

Tax dodging thrives when the powerful close ranks. This looks like an example of important news getting shut down after pressure from a powerful corporation with a big advertising budget.

Peter Oborne has taken a brave and unusual step in speaking out.38 Degrees members are sharing this video to help break the conspiracy of silence – and to make sure as many people as possible hear the true story of HSBC’s dodgy dealings with the press.

You can join other 38 Degrees members and Telegraph readers in writing letters to the editor of The Telegraph to urge them to protect editorial independence at this address:

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TTIP: evidence to MPs

November 26th, 2014 by

Thanks to everyone who told David Babbs, Executive Director of 38 Degrees, what he should say to a group of MPs quizzing him on the TTIP campaign. These are some of the results.

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A law to reverse NHS privatisation: how MPs voted

November 21st, 2014 by

Here’s how MPs voted at the second reading of the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill. If they weren’t in Westminster at all, they don’t appear on this list. Data sourced from the parliamentary record.


  • Abbott, Ms Diane
  • Abrahams, Debbie
  • Ainsworth, rh Mr Bob
  • Alexander, rh Mr Douglas
  • Alexander, Heidi
  • Ali, Rushanara
  • Allen, Mr Graham
  • Anderson, Mr David
  • Ashworth, Jonathan
  • Austin, Ian
  • Bain, Mr William
  • Balls, rh Ed
  • Banks, Gordon
  • Barron, rh Kevin
  • Beckett, rh Margaret
  • Begg, Dame Anne
  • Benn, rh Hilary
  • Berger, Luciana
  • Blackman-Woods, Roberta
  • Blears, rh Hazel
  • Blomfield, Paul
  • Blunkett, rh Mr David
  • Brennan, Kevin
  • Brown, Lyn
  • Brown, rh Mr Nicholas
  • Brown, Mr Russell
  • Buck, Ms Karen
  • Burden, Richard
  • Burnham, rh Andy
  • Byrne, rh Mr Liam
  • Campbell, rh Mr Alan
  • Campbell, Mr Ronnie
  • Carswell, Douglas
  • Caton, Martin
  • Champion, Sarah
  • Chapman, Jenny
  • Clark, Katy
  • Clarke, rh Mr Tom
  • Clwyd, rh Ann
  • Coaker, Vernon
  • Connarty, Michael
  • Cooper, Rosie
  • Cooper, rh Yvette
  • Corbyn, Jeremy
  • Creagh, Mary
  • Creasy, Stella
  • Cryer, John
  • Cunningham, Alex
  • Cunningham, Mr Jim
  • Cunningham, Sir Tony
  • Curran, Margaret
  • Darling, rh Mr Alistair
  • David, Wayne
  • Davidson, Mr Ian
  • Davies, Geraint
  • De Piero, Gloria
  • Denham, rh Mr John
  • Dobson, rh Frank
  • Docherty, Thomas
  • Donohoe, Mr Brian H.
  • Doughty, Stephen
  • Dowd, Jim
  • Doyle, Gemma
  • Dromey, Jack
  • Dugher, Michael
  • Durkan, Mark
  • Eagle, Ms Angela
  • Eagle, Maria
  • Edwards, Jonathan
  • Efford, Clive
  • Elliott, Julie
  • Ellman, Mrs Louise
  • Engel, Natascha
  • Esterson, Bill
  • Evans, Chris
  • Farrelly, Paul
  • Fitzpatrick, Jim
  • Flello, Robert
  • Flint, rh Caroline
  • Flynn, Paul
  • Fovargue, Yvonne
  • Francis, Dr Hywel
  • Galloway, George
  • Gapes, Mike
  • Gardiner, Barry
  • George, Andrew
  • Gilmore, Sheila
  • Glass, Pat
  • Glindon, Mrs Mary
  • Godsiff, Mr Roger
  • Goodman, Helen
  • Greatrex, Tom
  • Green, Kate
  • Greenwood, Lilian
  • Griffith, Nia
  • Gwynne, Andrew
  • Hamilton, Mr David
  • Hamilton, Fabian
  • Hanson, rh Mr David
  • Harman, rh Ms Harriet
  • Harris, Mr Tom
  • Havard, Mr Dai
  • Healey, rh John
  • Heath, Mr David
  • Hendrick, Mark
  • Heyes, David
  • Hillier, Meg
  • Hilling, Julie
  • Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
  • Hoey, Kate
  • Hollobone, Mr Philip
  • Hosie, Stewart
  • Howarth, rh Mr George
  • Hunt, Tristram
  • Huppert, Dr Julian
  • Irranca-Davies, Huw
  • Jackson, Glenda
  • James, Mrs Siân C.
  • Jamieson, Cathy
  • Jarvis, Dan
  • Johnson, Diana
  • Jones, Graham
  • Jones, Mr Kevan
  • Jones, Susan Elan
  • Jowell, rh Dame Tessa
  • Kane, Mike
  • Kaufman, rh Sir Gerald
  • Keeley, Barbara
  • Kendall, Liz
  • Khan, rh Sadiq
  • Lammy, rh Mr David
  • Lavery, Ian
  • Lazarowicz, Mark
  • Lefroy, Jeremy
  • Leslie, Chris
  • Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
  • Lewis, Mr Ivan
  • Long, Naomi
  • Love, Mr Andrew
  • Lucas, Caroline
  • Lucas, Ian
  • MacNeil, Mr Angus Brendan
  • Mactaggart, Fiona
  • Mahmood, Shabana
  • Malhotra, Seema
  • Mann, John
  • Marsden, Mr Gordon
  • McCann, Mr Michael
  • McCarthy, Kerry
  • McDonagh, Siobhain
  • McDonald, Andy
  • McDonnell, John
  • McFadden, rh Mr Pat
  • McGovern, Alison
  • McGuire, rh Mrs Anne
  • McInnes, Liz
  • McKechin, Ann
  • McKenzie, Mr Iain
  • McKinnell, Catherine
  • Meacher, rh Mr Michael
  • Meale, Sir Alan
  • Mearns, Ian
  • Miliband, rh Edward
  • Miller, Andrew
  • Mitchell, Austin
  • Moon, Mrs Madeleine
  • Morden, Jessica
  • Morrice, Graeme (Livingston)
  • Morris, Grahame M. (Easington)
  • Mulholland, Greg
  • Murphy, rh Mr Jim
  • Murphy, rh Paul
  • Murray, Ian
  • Nandy, Lisa
  • Nash, Pamela
  • O’Donnell, Fiona
  • Onwurah, Chi
  • Osborne, Sandra
  • Owen, Albert
  • Pearce, Teresa
  • Perkins, Toby
  • Phillipson, Bridget
  • Pound, Stephen
  • Pugh, John
  • Qureshi, Yasmin
  • Raynsford, rh Mr Nick
  • Reckless, Mark
  • Reed, Mr Jamie
  • Reeves, Rachel
  • Reid, Mr Alan
  • Reynolds, Emma
  • Reynolds, Jonathan
  • Riordan, Mrs Linda
  • Robertson, Angus
  • Robertson, John
  • Robinson, Mr Geoffrey
  • Rotheram, Steve
  • Roy, Mr Frank
  • Ruane, Chris
  • Ruddock, rh Dame Joan
  • Russell, Sir Bob
  • Sarwar, Anas
  • Sawford, Andy
  • Seabeck, Alison
  • Sharma, Mr Virendra
  • Sheerman, Mr Barry
  • Sheridan, Jim
  • Shuker, Gavin
  • Skinner, Mr Dennis
  • Slaughter, Mr Andy
  • Smith, Angela
  • Smith, Nick
  • Smith, Owen
  • Spellar, rh Mr John
  • Straw, rh Mr Jack
  • Stringer, Graham
  • Stuart, Ms Gisela
  • Tami, Mark
  • Thomas, Mr Gareth
  • Thornberry, Emily
  • Timms, rh Stephen
  • Trickett, Jon
  • Turner, Karl
  • Twigg, Derek
  • Twigg, Stephen
  • Umunna, Mr Chuka
  • Vaz, Valerie
  • Walley, Joan
  • Watson, Mr Tom
  • Watts, Mr Dave
  • Weir, Mr Mike
  • Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
  • Whitehead, Dr Alan
  • Williams, Hywel
  • Williamson, Chris
  • Wilson, Phil
  • Winterton, rh Ms Rosie
  • Wishart, Pete
  • Woodcock, John
  • Wright, David
  • Wright, Mr Iain

Tellers for the Ayes: Nic Dakin and Tom Blenkinsop


  • Baldry, rh Sir Tony
  • Baldwin, Harriett
  • Bray, Angie
  • Chope, Mr Christopher
  • Davies, Philip
  • Dunne, Mr Philip
  • Eustice, George
  • Goodwill, Mr Robert
  • Gyimah, Mr Sam
  • Hands, rh Greg
  • Heald, Sir Oliver
  • Letwin, rh Mr Oliver
  • Nuttall, Mr David
  • Patel, Priti
  • Penning, rh Mike
  • Poulter, Dr Daniel
  • Swayne, rh Mr Desmond
  • Vaizey, Mr Edward

Tellers for the Noes: Anne Milton and Mr David Evennett

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(not) Contacting Julian Lewis MP

November 19th, 2014 by

Julian Lewis: MP for New Forest East.

This is what he looks like when he wants to talk to someone:

And this is what he looks like when his constituents try to talk to him:

He’s famously uncontactable – if you want to get in touch, you need to write to him at the House of Commons.

So if you’re a New Forest East constituent, and you want to have a chat to your MP, here you go:

Here’s his House of Commons office number: 020 7219 4179

And if you can’t get through, try the House of Commons switchboard: 020 7219 4272

Or his constituency office: 023 8081 4817

And if you like writing letters, here’s the address:
House of Commons, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

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Save our NHS: 644 petitions – but not your constituency

November 18th, 2014 by

Hello! Wondering why you’ve ended up here?

If you live in:

  • Bristol South – your MP is Dawn Primarolo
  • Epping Forest – your MP is Eleanor Laing
  • Chorley – your MP is Lindsay Hoyle
  • Buckingham – your MP is John Bercow
  • Eltham – your MP is Clive Efford
  • Rochester and Strood – you don’t have an MP right now!

That means that 38 Degrees members in your constituency aren’t signing one of the 645 petitions across the country asking MPs to vote to reverse the worst bits of NHS privatisation on Friday. Why? Because Dawn Primarolo, Eleanor Laing, Lindsay Hoyle and John Bercow are speakers in the House of Commons, which mean they don’t get to vote. And Clive Efford is the MP behind the law they’re voting on, the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, so he’ll be fully onside! And if you’re in Rochester and Strood, well – ain’t no MP at the moment.

So although you can’t get your MP behind this campaign, here’s a way to help other 38 Degrees members’ turn up the heat on their MPs. If you use Facebook or Twitter, click the buttons below to share the campaign with your friends, family and followers. At least some of them won’t live in one of the five constituencies!




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Ebola: 38 Degrees members raise £133,000 and counting for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal

November 4th, 2014 by

Last week, as the Disasters Emergency Committee launched a fundraising appeal to tackle a disease for the first time in their history, 38 Degrees members chipped in. 

In less than 5 days, 38 Degrees members have raised over £133,000 to help fight the deadly spread of Ebola in West Africa. The money will buy vital equipment like cleaning kits to stop the spread of the disease, and protective clothing for doctors and nurses.

Chipping in to this kind of appeal isn’t like most of what 38 Degrees members do together. But sometimes, like last year when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Phillippines, donating to support experts tackling the crisis on the ground is the best we can do.

If you’d haven’t donated and you’d like to, click here.


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Rochester and Strood: scorecarding the candidates

October 31st, 2014 by

38 Degrees members in Rochester and Strood are trying to cut through the media circus in the constituency and understand what the candidates to be their MP really think about the issues that matter in the area – Maritime Medway Hospital, tax dodging, Lodge Hill.

Together, after a member meet up, a poll, and commenting on a draft document of questions, 38 Degrees members have come up with questions to put to the candidates. You can read more about the process here.

Here are the questions 38 Degrees members want the Rochester and Strood PPCs to answer:

  • What’s your name?
  • What party are you standing for?
  • NHS: What are your plans for the NHS nationally, and in Rochester and Strood?
  • NHS: Do you think the better off should pay more tax to fund the NHS?
  • NHS: Will you be doing anything to reduce waiting times at Medway Maritime Hospital?
  • NHS: How did you vote/would you vote on the changes in the Health and Social Care Act which mandated GPs buying services from public and private providers on behalf of their patients? For/Against
  • Public services: What’s your position on increasing privatisation of public services?
  • Public services: How do you plan to improve local transport, such as road quality and the cost of trains into London?
  • Public services: How did you vote/would you have voted on slowing the rise in rail fares?
  • For/Against
  • Public services: How did you vote/would you have voted on the privatisation of the Royal Mail in the Postal Services Bill?
  • For/Against
  • Tax avoidance: What will you do in relation to tax avoidance?
  • Tax avoidance: What would you do to tackle companies like Amazon and Vodafone avoiding tax?
  • Tax avoidance: How did you vote/would you have voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance in the Finance Bill 2013?
  • For/Against
  • Jobs, money and community: How do you plan to increase jobs and prosperity both nationally and in Rochester and Strood?
  • Jobs, money and community: What do you think about the Lodge Hill development?
  • Jobs, money and community: How did you vote/would you have voted on Andrew George MPs’ Affordable Homes Bill 2014?
  • For/Against
  • Education: What are you plans for Britain’s education system?
  • Education: What are your views on academy schools and free schools?
  • Education: How did you vote/would you have voted on raising the upper limit for tuition fees to £9,000 per year in the University Tuition Fee Cap vote in 2010?
  • For/Against
  • TTIP: Do you support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?
  • TTIP: Do you support the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism within it?
  • Environment: What action will you take in relation to wildlife and nature in Rochester and Strood and the Medway area?
  • Environment: Do you think climate change is a problem? Do you believe in reducing fossil fuel reliance to tackle it?

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Ebola: 38 Degrees members contribute to the DEC appeal

October 30th, 2014 by

Ebola: a medical emergency, and now a humanitarian catastrophe. Thousands and thousands of children and adults have died so far, and that number is doubling every three to four weeks.

The explosive spread of the disease isn’t just killing people, it’s devastating whole countries. Clinics are too full to take new patients. Villages are in quarantine. Businesses are closing. There are bodies in the street. Town by city by country: Ebola is storming through West Africa.

At times like this, when it’s so easy to feel so helpless, 38 Degrees members are coming together to chip into the international relief effort. Donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee are going on vital equipment like cleaning kits to stop the spread of the disease, and protective clothing for doctors and nurses.

Img attribution: European Commission DG ECHO, via Flickr Creative Commons

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has never launched an appeal in response to a disease before. But this is different – Ebola is so devastating, so fatal, that it’s not just a medical emergency any more: it’s turning West Africa upside down.

DEC brings together 13 of the UK’s leading charities to co-ordinate huge international relief efforts. And yesterday, they launched an appeal to fight Ebola.

Here’s an idea of how 38 Degrees members’ donations will be spent:

  • £25 can provide cleaning kits including bleach, soap and a bucket for three families at risk from Ebola.
  • £50 can provide basic protective clothing such as gloves, masks, boots and gowns for three volunteers supporting people under quarantine.
  • £100 can provide training to a community on how to keep themselves safe and help stop the spread of Ebola.
  • “I’m overwhelmed by the bravery of people here. They desperately want to fight this disease and they are doing what they can.” That’s from Holly Taylor, who’s in Sierra Leone with Oxfam. But the disease is spreading – faster every day.

    Supporting this appeal isn’t much like the rest of the campaigns 38 Degrees members work on together. But when we’ve donated to DEC appeals before, we’ve really helped. Last year, 38 Degrees members came together after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Phillippines to donate over £500,000 to the DEC.

    Now, 38 Degrees members are helping again nby giving what we can afford, straight to the people who need it.

    If you’d like to make a secure donation directly to the DEC, click here.

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38 Degrees members vote to stop Care.data until it’s fixed

October 20th, 2014 by

Last week, 38 Degrees members voted on what to do about NHS England’s latest scheme.

They’re planning to start gathering more of our personal medical data. They say it’ll be used for research, and to improve our NHS. And Care.data could bring huge improvements. But right now, it has a major flaw: our health data will end up with private healthcare companies, as well as with doctors and researchers.

NHS England could fix that if they wanted to. It’s our data: we should be able to decide who gets to use it.

So last week, we voted on what to do. And by 98% to 2%, 38 Degrees members decided to block the roll-out of Care.data on the ground – until NHS England fixes the scheme to make sure we can opt out of giving our data to private companies.

You can see the poll here.

Look out for what’s next!

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