After a year of very hard work and wonderful encouragement from all of our friends and supporters Pat’s Petition closed with over 62,600 signatures.
We then sent an open letter to Liam Byrne.
We are delighted to announce that all the effort succeeded and we have a result.
Liam Byrne has been in touch and the Labour Party are giving us an Opposition Day Debate in the Commons based around Pat’s Petition. This means the debate will take place in the Chamber at the House of Commons with Ministers and front-benchers as well as back-benchers.
So fantastic news – Pat’s Petition is moving to Pat’s Debate. Tell everyone – shout, sing, tweet using hashtag #PatsDebate. Let’s shake this government into listening to us at last.
The debate will probably take place some time in January and we will only have a weeks notice so the important thing now is to get ready for the debate and make sure all the issues we have been campaigning on get attention.
The theme of the motion for the debate will be the Pat’s Petition demand that the government –Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families and a demand for a Cumulative Impact Assessment. It’s a very wide brief so if you want to focus on a particular issue that’s fine.
We will need lots of help from you all to make sure that after all your effort this debate gets real results.
We are hoping that many of you will put up blog posts in support of Pat’s Debate and that we can collect the links together here.
We will also need your help to ask MPs from all Parties to speak in this debate and if we can direct them to your blog posts it will show them the kind of messages we want to put across.
Contact your MP details via this link
Watch this space to see how the plans for the debate are progressing.
Time is running out.
Please get behind this debate and make it a game changer.
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