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38 Degrees members in Witney tell David Cameron to act on climate change

March 11th, 2014 by

Over 300 38 Degrees members in Witney have signed an open letter to their MP, a certain Mr David Cameron, calling on him to take hard decisions and push for real policy changes on climate change.

Oxfordshire’s just had some of its worst flooding in decades. David Cameron’s gone as far as to connect it to global climate change… but we need strong policy action from him, too.

In two weeks’ time, Cameron will be at the EU climate summit in Brussels. Either he’ll push for the strong climate change policy we need – or he won’t.

Cameron might be Prime Minister, but he’s not immune to what his constituents think. Greenpeace, Oxfam and Stop Climate Chaos Coalition supporters in Witney are signing this open letter to Cameron asking him to show strong leadership at the EU summit – and now hundreds of 38 Degrees members have joined them.

Here’s the open letter they’re signing:

Dear Mr Cameron,

Over the past month West Oxfordshire has seen some of its worst flooding in over 50 years. Before 2007 such flooding was rare, yet this is the third time in five years that crops across the area have been destroyed, travel disrupted and property damage commonplace. As your constituents, we were pleased to hear our concerns being voiced when you pointed out the link between climate change and the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events – both in the UK and abroad.

However, we are keen to see that statements like these translate into policy decisions which might help avert the worst effects of climate change. We are writing to urge you to play a leading role in the coming weeks to ensure the EU takes on its fair share of the global effort to keep temperature rise well below 2 degrees, beyond which scientists have predicted catastrophic climate change.

We hope that you will demonstrate strong leadership at the EU climate summit by urging it to adopt far-reaching, legally binding targets to curb greenhouse gases and stimulate energy efficiency and renewable energy. The impact of the flooding on our economy and wellbeing, and the devastation caused by more extreme examples such as Typhoon Haiyan, demonstrates how necessary it is to be taking ambitious action to tackle climate change. Now is the time for action.

The EU summit at the end of March will set the stage for a global summit in September. Changing climate change policy is a long game – but the UK’s position in two weeks’ time really matters.

If Cameron goes in hard now and pushes for strong emissions targets, there’s a good chance that the opportunities on the table in September will be more ambitious. And if they’re ambitious, 2014 could be the year that we start turning the tide on climate change.

38 Degrees members are getting the ball rolling by signing up in their hundreds to the open letter. If you live in Witney and you’d like to sign up too, here’s a link where you can add your name: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/cameron-climate-change

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Petition hand in at David Cameron’s office!

January 16th, 2014 by

38 Degrees member Dave Pearce:

About 30 people opposed to the Government’s proposed Gagging Law, gathered at David Cameron’s Witney office to hand in a 250,000 strong petition organised by 38 Degrees.

The proposed Gagging Law is currently being debated in Parliament.  Many people fear that it will curtail Freedom of Speech and damage our democracy.  Parts of the proposed law will prevent many charities and other organisations from campaigning.

Councillor David Snow is proposing a motion against the gagging law at the next West Oxfordshire District council meeting. The vote will take place on 22 January at 2pm,  held at the Council Offices, Woodgreen, Witney, OX28 1NB – if you’d like to go along and support the motion!

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Gagging law: Witney briefings

November 24th, 2013 by

 

With David Cameron as their MP, 38 Degrees members in Witney are certainly well placed to raise concerns about the gagging law. So, on Thursday, 38 Degrees held two briefings in Witney: one for local Councillors and one for the rest of the community.

Becky from 38 Degrees and Ros Baston, a specialist electoral lawyer, spoke at the meetings. Ros could provide a whole host of examples showing how electoral law works in practice, so she was a really powerful speaker. And everyone in the room could feel how deeply concerned she was about the gagging law. Becky also spoke passionately about how the gagging law could limit the work of organisations like 38 Degrees, Christian Aid and the RSPB.

Several local Councillors came along to find out more about the Bill. Even David Cameron’s Councillor was in attendance, who noted “I make sure his bins are collected!” He might keep the PM’s streets clean, but the Conservative Councillor hadn’t heard about the gagging law. At least not until local 38 Degrees members got in touch!

At our community meeting, lots of those in attendance were members of local charities or campaigning groups, like Witney First and BBOWT. It rung true when Becky said “you might not support a political party but you probably care about a local field, or your hospital or school.” Lots of 38 Degrees members commented that it would be a huge shame if the gagging law stopped people in Witney campaigning on these kind of issues.

38 Degrees member, Bev, said the gagging law “is against us all – everything my parents fought for and my grandparents fought for”

There were also some fantastic questions from the audience – who will enforce these rules? what punishments will there be? Will it affect charities? But the saddest question came when we talked about how the group could influence their MP – Does David Cameron think we matter?

Let’s hope so does. The 30 strong group who came along are going to try to raise this issue with their MP – even if he is a busy Prime Minister!

What should the next steps be in Witney? How do you think constituents could grab David Cameron’s attention?

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Update: free school meals

February 13th, 2013 by

Exciting news!  The petition to David Cameron to make sure that all children in poverty get free school meals is getting bigger and bigger.

Yesterday, some pupils from Conisborough College, along with people from 38 Degrees and The Children Society went to 10 Downing Street. We handed in the petition, which over 90,000 of us signed, to the Prime Minister, David Cameron.

The introduction of the new benefits system – universal credit – means the government could easily decide to extend free school meals to all children living in poverty. Over the next few weeks we’ll need to keep up the pressure on David Cameron. Can you help grow the petition by asking your friends and family to sign? All they need to do is click here.

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Bevan’s Run: 38 Degrees member stands up for the NHS

January 13th, 2012 by

Photograph by Chris Honeywell

38 Degrees member and Co-Chair of the NHS Consultants Association, Dr Clive Peedell, has been running alongside  fellow oncologist Dr David Wilson since 10th January to show opposition to the Government’s NHS reforms

They are running from NHS founder Aneurin Bevan’s statue in Cardiff to the Department of Health in London in just six days. We were lucky enough to get a message from the man himself!

‘Bevan’s Run started on January 10th from Bevan’s statue, Cardiff, with the aim of reaching the Department of Health at Richmond House, London, on Sunday January 15th.

The aim is to raise public awareness of the damaging effects of the Health and Social Care bill on the NHS and to add to calls for its withdrawal.

Myself and co-runner Dr David Wilson will be delivering 3 “Bevan’s Postcards”, which outline the reasons why the bill should be withdrawn, to David Cameron’s constituency in Witney, as well as the Department of Health and 10 Downing Street. The postcard can be viewed here.

Lots of aching muscles, but ice baths helping a lot!
Best wishes
Clive’

Further details about the run can be found at Clive’s blogsite

Bevan’s Run can be followed on Twitter @cpeedell and by using the hashtag #bevansrun.

There will be more news on this blog about the NHS Campaign soon.

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UK blocking a Robin Hood Tax

November 10th, 2011 by

Robin Hood Tax Demonstration

Photograph by Delphine Bedel/Oxfam France

At the G20 summit on Monday, a large group of countries including Germany, France, Brazil and South Africa stood up to support a Robin Hood tax on the banks. But on Tuesday, George Osborne announced that the UK plans to block progress. His message from the UK to the rest of the world was loud and clear: “that’s not going to happen.”

The Robin Hood Tax is a brilliant idea. With just a tiny levy on the banks’ financial transactions, we could generate billions to invest in sustainable development, reducing poverty and tackling climate change. More and more countries across the globe are agreeing that now is the time to bring in the tax. It would be a tragedy if UK banking lobbyists blocked progress.

We’ve got just a few weeks to change our government’s tune. On 9th December, David Cameron will attend a European summit. The Robin Hood Tax should be on the table. We need to make sure we put him under overwhelming pressure not to block progress.

Last year, more than half the Conservative Party’s donations came from bankers. David Cameron is already worried that people think his government is in bed with banking lobbyists. We know that he changes his mind when hundreds of MPs tell him that voters aren’t happy. If enough of us email our MPs about the UK blocking the Robin Hood Tax, Cameron could decide this isn’t worth the damage to his reputation.

So let’s prove that the public are watching whose side he takes. Along with lots of others including Oxfam, Save the Children and Friends of the Earth, we can show him he can’t afford to side with the bankers against the rest of us.

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Delivering our Robin Hood Tax message

November 2nd, 2011 by

38 Degrees with Bob Russel, MP for Colchester, outside Parliament this morning

This morning, 38 Degrees volunteers went down to Westminster to deliver the petition on calling for a Robin Hood Tax, and take our message to MPs as they arrived at work. Alongside volunteers from Oxfam, Save the Children and lots of other organisations, we spent over an hour outside Parliament.

We caught lots of MPs on their way into the Houses of Parliament and asked them to put pressure on David Cameron before he leaves for the world leaders’ G20 meeting tomorrow. And at least one of them did: Caroline Lucas asked David Cameron in Prime Minister’s Questions if he would listen to the protesters outside parliament and the 80,000 people (including over 15,000 38 Degrees members) who have signed the petition asking him to back the Robin Hood Tax at the global meeting.

What will David Cameron do this week? Will he listen to the bankers and vote against putting the brakes on banks? Or will he back a tax to help fight poverty, combat climate change and protect public services, schools and hospitals? There’ll be more news from the G20 talks in France coming soon on the 38 Degrees blog.

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Tell Cameron to tax the banks

November 1st, 2011 by

David Cameron has a choice this Thursday when he meets with other world leaders in France- will he sign the UK up to a Robin Hood Tax, to reduce reckless gambling by the banks and raise billions for the world’s poorest people? Or will he try to block it?

Around the world, the pressure to support a Robin Hood Tax has grown- people power has helped persuade leaders to sign up to the plan. Now, we have an important role to play here in the UK. It looks like it could go either way. So far David Cameron has opposed a Robin Hood Tax. But as more and more governments sign up, Cameron wouldn’t want to look isolated on the international stage.

A big petition in the UK this week could tip the balance globally. Over 100 organisations, including 38 Degrees, Oxfam, Save the Children and the RSPB, are working together to deliver as many messages to David Cameron as possible.

British bankers have been leaning on David Cameron to block the tax. But together, we can make sure the UK doesn’t stop these plans going forward. We know that banks played a massive role in causing our economic crisis- the Robin Hood Tax would crack down on the free reign the banks have had with our money, and force them to make a fair contribution. The money raised could reduce poverty, improve public services and help get climate change under control.

If enough of us sign the petition to tell David Cameron we want the UK to play a positive role, he will think twice about blocking the Robin Hood Tax at next week’s global meeting.

 

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Help Break Murdoch’s Grip

July 5th, 2011 by

How much lower can Rupert Murdoch’s media empire sink? Today, one of his papers stands accused of hacking the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, causing her family even more pain, and risking a police inquiry.

Rupert Murdoch’s empire is now under investigation by the police. But at the same time, he’s getting ready to take even more control of our media. This week, Murdoch’s expecting to get the green light from David Cameron’s government for his takeover of BSkyB.

If we work together, we can make sure this week doesn’t end with Murdoch getting awarded even more power.  The final government inquiry into Murdoch’s power grab ends this Friday, at midday. We’ve got until then to prove to the government that the public want to put the brakes on Murdoch’s power grab. We’ll deliver a copy of the petition to that inquiry – demanding that the phone hacking allegations are taken into account and the deal is halted.

The government wants to approve Murdoch’s BSkyB takeover. They say that Murdoch promises to respect media independence, so there’s nothing to fear from giving him even more control. They want us to trust Rupert Murdoch! But how can we trust him when his paper stands accused of hacking into the phone of a murdered teenager?

Yesterday, Murdoch’s empire thought they this deal was in the bag. Our people-powered campaign had helped delay things – but they had just one hurdle left. The minister in charge, Jeremy Hunt, was clearly on Murdoch’s side. Murdoch’s backing for the Conservatives at the election and his executives’ cosy dinners with David Cameron all seemed to be paying off.

But now, we have a real chance to stop this power grab. Across the UK, people are shocked at how one of Rupert Murdoch’s paper is accused of heartlessly abusing a family facing one of the worst situations any of us can imagine. Let’s work together to make sure this is a turning point in the battle for higher media standards in Britain.

Please sign the petition now.

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Tomorrow’s climate vote on a knife edge

July 4th, 2011 by

A picture of a polar bear on an iceberg

Photograph by U.S. Geological Survey

 

“This climate vote is going to be very close. 38 Degrees members could play a key role in making sure it goes the right way.”

Ruth Davis, Chief Policy Advisor, Greenpeace

 

Tomorrow could be a make or break day in the fight against climate change. There’s a crunch vote in the European parliament. It could come down to one or two votes. Hardline Conservative MEPs are threatening to vote against action to bring down emissions – we’ve got just 24 hours to stop them.

David Cameron could bring his MEPs into line by telling them to back strong climate action. That would probably tip the vote the right way. But Cameron will only act if he feels public pressure. Let’s help tip the vote the right way by sending Cameron a flood of emails urging him to act.

Can you send David Cameron a quick email asking him to make sure his MEPs don’t block vital climate change targets?

Tomorrow’s vote is crucial. If the European parliament votes for tougher targets it will be a great step towards cleaner energy, green jobs, and falling emissions. If the vote is lost, it’ll be a huge win for the dirty industries who are lobbying hard behind the scenes. If Europe rejects tougher targets, it will set back the fight against climate change across the world.

We know it works when we put pressure on David Cameron asking him to keep his climate promises. In May, thousands of us contacted him to tell him not to water down the UK’s own target – and it worked! Now, let’s do the same to make sure British MEPs don’t try to derail the Europe-wide climate effort.

Please email David Cameron now.

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