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38 Degrees at Labour party conference

September 25th, 2014 by

This week it was the Labour party’s conference. In the run up to the election, it’s anyone’s guess who will be in power after next May. So 38 Degrees members are getting stuck in early. We’re making sure that all the political parties on the table hear about the issues that matter to us.

On Monday, over forty 38 Degrees members gathered outside the entrance to the conference. Armed with leaflets, we made sure that every person going in or out heard our message: the NHS should be given more funding. It was quite an experience!

Some people were really keen to talk, but others – striding past in suits – didn’t stop. A funny reaction from people at a conference aimed at talking broadly about all the issues facing the country at the moment!

But by and large, it was a good experience. Our flyers also had adverts for an event that 38 Degrees was holding the next day on our campaign for a real recall law. We must have had an impact, as the next day the room was packed!

The event was organised to try to get Labour MPs on board with out campaign for a law that gives voters the right to sack MPs. A real recall law. 38 Degrees members helped fund and write a law that would give voters these powers. But we need to get MPs from across the political parties on board to have a chance of success.

It was standing room only! The room was STUFFED full of MPs and PPCs (people who are standing to be MPs at the next election). In particular, lots of PPCs mentioned that they came along because they’d received emails from 38 Degrees members inviting them earlier in the week. They said they wouldn’t have missed it. Some PPCs even took photos of themselves with staff members to prove they’d been there. If this is the future of how politicians interact with their voters – it’s looking up!

There was a stellar line up on the panel. Lisa Nandy MP spoke in favour of recall alongside Blanche, from the 38 Degrees staff team, who was chairing. Then there was Owen Jones, a columnist for the Guardian, Jonathan Isaby from the TaxPayers Alliance and Joe Cox from the think tank Compass. All of them made a convincing pitch of why the time is right for a real recall law.

38 Degrees members were a lively presence at Labour’s conference – and our event has put a real recall law on the map with many MPs. Next, 38 Degrees members will be at the Conservative and Lib Dem conferences: to make sure all the parties know what ordinary people think about recall, and act on it.

Here are some pictures of 38 Degrees members flyering outside the conference on Monday:

Flyering outside Labour party conference in Manchester

Flyering outside Labour party conference in Manchester

Flyering outside Labour party conference in Manchester

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TTIP at UKIP conference – this Saturday

September 24th, 2014 by

UKIP are holding their party conference in Doncaster this weekend. We know what they think about issues like immigration and Europe, but what about a huge trade deal that could privatise our NHS?

The deal is called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP for short) and it’s being negotiated between the US and EU in secret. If it goes through it could let corporations sue our government if they don’t like our laws, and even stop the government raising the minimum wage in the future.

No matter what you think of UKIP, they have 24 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) – and they’ll all get to vote on TTIP. It’s not clear how many of them even know about this shady deal, let alone have opinions on it.

So let’s tell UKIP what ordinary people think of the trade deal. If UKIP members go into the conference in Doncaster holding our leaflets, they’ll ask MEPs loads of questions about the party’s line on the deal. TTIP will be a talking point – and we could start finding out how UKIP might vote in the European Parliament.

Can you join other 38 Degrees members outside the UKIP party conference at Doncaster Racecourse at 9am on Saturday for an hour or two of handing out leaflets about TTIP? Say you’ll head along here: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/ukip-conference-ttip

TTIP day of action

Just last month, thousands of 38 Degrees members handed out over a million leaflets about TTIP on their local high streets. Together, we exposed the dangers to our NHS and told our neighbours why everyone should care about this scary trade deal. Tens of thousands of people listened and added their names to the petition calling for the dodgy deal to be fixed or scrapped.

Now we need to turn the heat up on politicians. If everyone heading in to the conference is handed a leaflet covered in information about TTIP, once they’re inside they’ll be showing it to each other and talking about it. We could start a real buzz.

So can you spare a couple hours on at 9am on Saturday morning to put some pressure on UKIP? Click here to RSVP: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/ukip-conference-ttip

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A real recall law: Event at Conservative Conference

September 24th, 2014 by

Here are the details of the 38 Degrees event on a Real Recall law at Conservative Party Conference:

Real Recall: a better democracy
19.15 – 20.30, Tuesday 30th September
Lodge 1, IET Birmingham
Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP


It could go either way. Conservative backbench MPs could decide to support 38 Degrees members’ definition of recall: the one that puts voters in charge of sacking MPs. Or they could support their government’s plans, which put MPs in charge.

Even though, on paper, Conservative MPs should be supportive of the government – we know that many backbench MPs are wavering.  But what better timing to convince them to vote for real recall? The Conservative Party conference is in Birmingham from Sunday – a great opportunity to get straight in front of the party machine.

So, the 38 Degrees staff team have quickly put together an event at the conference. There’ll be a panel of people aimed at convincing Conservative MPs, prospective candidates and party members to support giving more power to voters. To have the biggest impact, the room needs to be packed.

It’s people-power that’ll get them there. MPs and prospective MPs are much more likely to turn up if they know their voters want them to. Could you invite your MP? Or the person who wants to be your Conservative MP to come to the event? It’s on Tuesday morning, so please invite them now, by clicking here.

The event has a stellar line up – including Zac Goldsmith MP, the chief of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, and the Senior Political Correspondent at the Telegraph. It’ll be a pretty convincing panel.

Already lots of backbench Conservative MPs have signed up in support of the campaign. But getting as much support as possible from within Tory ranks is crucial. Their votes and the pressure they can bring could be what wins this.

We deserve a proper democracy. One where the power to hold our MPs to account sits with voters. A real recall law that empowers voters is within our grasp. But to get this change, enough Conservative MPs will have to back it when it’s being voted on in a few weeks.

The event at their conference is a good way to do this. But it needs to be packed. Please send an invitation now.

If you’re in Birmingham on Tuesday, please do come to the event. It would be great to have as many 38 Degrees members there as possible.

Here are the details:
Real Recall: a better democracy
When: 19.15 – 20.30, Tuesday 30th September
Where: Lodge 1, IET Birmingham: Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2NP

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Labour promise more NHS funding, now what about the others?

September 23rd, 2014 by

Good news for the NHS – Labour has just promised to increase NHS funding if they win next year’s general election.

NHS finances are in dire straights. Services are being cut back across England, and the NHS will soon be £1bn in debt. The NHS needs more funding to survive.

There has been heated debate in the Labour Party about whether to commit to properly fund our NHS. Over 90,000 of us signed the petition calling on Ed Miliband to commit to more NHS funding. And yesterday, 38 Degrees members gathered outside the Labour Party conference to make sure the NHS was at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

Our pressure is working. The NHS is fast becoming the election issue. Labour have promised more funding.

Now let’s turn our sights to Cameron and Clegg and make sure they also commit to increase NHS funding. They’ll make their election promises in the next few days.

Can you sign the petition now?

It’s been an amazing few weeks for 38 Degrees members fighting for our NHS. Hundreds of us joined the People’s March for the NHS between Jarrow and London to protest at the way our NHS is being torn apart. Hundreds more were inside the NHS England AGM holding bosses to account.

Ed Miliband also today promised Labour would repeal the Health & Social Care Act – the law which makes NHS privatisation much easier and pledged to stop wasteful spending. Hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members campaigned against this law and if Labour win the election, we won’t let them forget this promise that could help save our NHS.

So let’s carry on the fight for our NHS. The Conservative Party conference is next week and the Lib Dems not long after – this is where party leaders make speeches that set out their plans for the General Election.

Together, we’re making sure politicians are in no doubt just how much we love our NHS – and what they need to do to protect it. Please sign the petition:

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Save our NHS – hundreds descend on meeting with NHS bosses

September 23rd, 2014 by

Last Thursday, NHS bosses met to discuss the future of our NHS and I’m sure they’re in no doubt about what 38 Degrees members want.

The room was buzzing with energy as 38 Degrees members asked questions on privatisation, TTIP, whistle-blowing and funding cuts. And as well as the hundreds of members in the room, many more joined in by watching the meeting online, suggesting questions and sending messages of support. It was NHS England’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and we wanted to show how much we care about the NHS.

Pictures of 38 Degrees members at the NHS England AGM

With a sea of ‘I love the NHS’ t-shirts, we sent out a strong message that we love our health service too much to let it be sold off to the highest bidder. Last night, NHS bosses could clearly see which issues hit home, and more importantly which didn’t. When 38 Degrees members come together, we’re too powerful to be ignored.

We definitely rattled their cages. Here are some pictures from the day on Facebook – share them with your friends to show you were there: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/nhs-agm-pics

Missed it? You can watch the whole meeting again online. My favourite bit was when one of the participants put on one of our ‘I love the NHS’ t-shirts on-stage:

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The People’s Climate March: In pictures

September 22nd, 2014 by

Yesterday we made history. It won’t be the last time that thousands of us take to the streets to demand action on climate change. But by coming together on one day, standing alongside hundreds of thousands of people across the world, we changed the debate. When they say “no one cares about climate change”, we’ll be able to show them these pictures:

38 Degrees members out in force in London!

And around the rest of the world, the Climate March looked amazing!

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Your decision – 20th September

September 22nd, 2014 by

Every week a group of 38 Degrees members vote on which issues our movement should prioritise and which campaigns to get behind. Here are the results for last week.

Protecting the NHS by stopping the government’s dangerous plans like privatisation and closing A&E departments has come top this week.

The next biggest issues were: cracking down on tax dodging by big companies, campaigning for the main political parties to make NHS funding pledges at party conferences, and more protection for NHS whistleblowers.

You can see how 38 Degrees members voted on other issues on the graph below. The green on the graph shows how many people answered ‘a lot’ in support of the campaigns listed, the blue represents people answering ‘a little’, and the yellow is ‘not at all’.

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Cameron, Clegg and Miliband: keep your promises to Scotland

September 19th, 2014 by

Scotland has voted ‘no’ to independence. As half the country celebrates, the other half hurts. Scotland will stay in the UK, but 45% ‘yes’ is a clear vote for change.

So what now for Scotland? Do we go back to business as usual? Or do we get much more devolution?

When the polls swung towards ‘yes’ last week, Cameron, Miliband and Clegg jumped on trains going north. They promised much more power for Holyrood if Scotland voted ‘no’. More freedom, more autonomy. This morning, David Cameron pledged to honour their commitments.

But backbench MPs are already restless at the idea of more powers for Scotland. It’d be easy to quietly dilute the offer if disagreement grows.

We don’t have to accept that. 38 Degrees members are building a huge petition of hundreds of thousands of names from across Scotland to turn the spotlight on their promise. They made the offer through gritted teeth – now we can make it impossible for Cameron, Clegg and Miliband to back down.

If you’d like to join 38 Degrees members from Lerwick to Jedburgh, Arbroath to Stornoway, click here to add your name to the petition asking Cameron, Clegg and Miliband to follow through and grant more powers to Scotland.


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Can you flyer at the Labour Party Conference on Monday?

September 18th, 2014 by

NHS funding is in crisis. Hospitals are closing, services are being cut, and patients are being put at risk. All while our politicians bicker over how to fix it.

So what better timing – the Labour party conference is in Manchester from Sunday. It’s the perfect opportunity to hammer home our message: Ed Miliband should spend more money on the NHS if Labour win the next election.

Are you free on Monday afternoon? Together 38 Degrees members in Manchester can hand out hundreds of flyers outside the conference – to spark conversations amongst Labour party members. And crucially, push Ed Miliband to commit to protect our NHS.

38 Degrees members are meeting outside the entrance of the conference:
Where: Manchester Central Convention Complex
When: 2pm on Monday 22nd September

It’ll be easy to spot us in bright orange t-shirts. It’s a chance to meet other 38 Degrees members who live near you and stand up for our NHS, together. So if you’re free, please click here to RSVP.

38 Degrees members are calling on Ed Miliband to be bold to protect the NHS. Over 60,000 of us have already signed the petition for a 1p tax rise, so it has enough money to give us all top-class care.

This is the last party conference before the election. Ed Miliband will want to make announcements that show that Labour has a strong plan for the NHS. The idea of a 1p tax rise has been gaining support. So our presence flyering, and speaking to party members on their way in could have a big impact.

We’ve had success persuading Labour to change their policies before. Thousands of 38 Degrees members wrote to Ed Miliband asking him to commit to scrapping the gagging law. That’s now Labour Party policy! Let’s do the same again and get Labour to promise more funding for the NHS.

38 Degrees is independent of all political parties. We hold politicians of all stripes to account. With a general election less than a year away, Labour could soon be in charge and in a position to help or harm the NHS. So it’s worth pushing them to be bold on our NHS. If you can join in on Monday, please RSVP here now.

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3 days off: The People’s Climate March

September 18th, 2014 by

Three days to go. On Sunday The People’s Climate March will flood the streets of London. Already over 1000 members of 38 Degrees have said they’re attending. That’s huge!

We’ve had to change the plans a little because there’s so many of us. So here are the final details of where and when to meet to get together beforehand. We’ll be wearing bright orange t-shirts, so easy to spot:

When: 12.00 noon

Where: Outside 12 Temple Pl, London WC2R 2PR

We’ve got flags, placards, banners, t-shirts: loads to go around. And we’ll be joining tens of thousands of other people in London – and many more others around the world!

Can you help make the march even bigger by getting your friends and family along too? The more of us marching together, the stronger our message of hope: we expect our politicians to do as much as they can to protect our planet for future generations.

Here’s the link where anyone can sign up to be involved:


After the march, 38 Degrees members are heading to The Feathers Pub in Westminster, (18-20 Broadway, SW1H 0BH) to get together for a drink. It’d be great if you could make it!

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