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- 38 Degrees members decide together what we campaign on. One way members can suggest campaigns is through this part of the website.
- This part of the website also helps determine how popular campaigns are through the voting system.
- You can vote on campaigns other 38 Degrees members suggest here You have up to 10 votes you can use.

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- If you’ve got an idea for what 38 Degrees should campaign on please share it here.
-By adding your campaign idea here you’ll give other 38 Degrees members the opportunity to comment, suggest improvements and vote on your idea.
- The most popular suggestions made here will be put to 38 Degrees members to discuss and vote on in other ways – e.g. on our facebook, twitter and blog, and through email polls.
- Get involved and have your say – your campaign might be the next to start an avalanche!

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- Every member has up to 10 votes, which you are free to use how ever you want.
- If you really keen on a particular campaign, you can use more than one vote. – We will email you when when your ideas are completed or deleted as your votes will return to you.
- You can also change your votes by clicking on them.
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What happens to my campaign suggestions and votes?
- 38 Degrees campaigns are driven by what members want to do. Uservoice one of a number of ways in which 38 Degrees members can say what they one to the 38 Degrees to work on.
- If an idea is really popular on this Uservoice part of the website 38 Degrees will consult members about the idea in other ways e.g. through discussions on our blog and Facebook group and through member surveys.
- Please note that an idea being popular on this part of the website does not guarantee that it will become a 38 Degrees campaign. This is because firstly this area of the site is not visted by all 38 Degrees members and secondly because it is possible for non-members to vote. This can potentially skew the results. If in a member survey the wider 38 Degrees membership says other issues are more important, those issues will take priority.
- If 38 Degrees members vote that an idea should be a priority in our main member survey as well as on this part of the web site, the 38 Degrees office team will start work to turn it into a campaign. You can see the results of these main member surveys here: http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/tag/poll/

Can I ask others to boost the ranking of my issue?
- It might feel tempting to try and boost the ranking of your favorite issue by encouraging loads of people not involved with 38 Degrees to come and vote for it.
- Please don’t do this — this is intended as a space for 38 Degrees members to discuss together what they want us to do.

Are there any rules?
- It’s really important that the 38 Degrees website is a place where we can all have a healthy debate – which is why we don’t moderate comments or campaign suggestions before they are published. However, to ensure our site stays family friendly we have a few rules that you can read here:
http://38degrees.org.uk/pages/comments-policy

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  1. Support EFVI.EU - Fight against draconian legislation that only benefits the tobacco and pharmaceutical industries.

    We have a European citizens initiative www.efvi.eu in place so we can get a seat at the table to negotiate a fairer deal on the use of e-cigarettes, directives put in place on the 26th of February have effectively banned all ecig products on the market today with each member state having to put these policies in force by 2016, this directive will only put public health at risk and deny smokers the use of a scientifically proven safer alternative. The EU regulations are so disproportionate that it will only be the large multinational tobacco and pharmaceutical companies that will…

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      108 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Fairness over political party air time at elections

      Ofcom has just announced it is giving UKIP "major party" status in the run up to the 2014 elections. Green party members are particularly upset about this, but the real question is who sets the rules and what are they? At the moment there seem to be none. Ofcom makes up a new set of criteria just before each election, when it can see which way the polls are running. The result is different rules for every election. There should be a set formula which applies all the time, be it number of MPs, councillors, or MEPs or number of…

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        26 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Reform of UK Financial Services Regulation to protect savings.

        We're all told to save for our old age, but where can we safely keep our savings? Only a small percentage of what is needed is currently protected and the rest is at the mercy of the markets, akin to put it in a casino.

        This campaign is not about helping wealthy investors, speculating on the stock exchange or taking risks to bolster their existing riches. It is about ordinary people with limited means who may be reaching old age having scrimped throughout their working lives to put a little away to help them survive when they can no longer…

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          50 comments  ·  Poverty & welfare  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Pancreatic Cancer (PC) - Research Funding and Awareness

          PC is the 5th largest cancer killer in the UK yet it receives just 1% of the research funding. Over 8000 will be diagnosed this year alone - 20+ being diagnosed today! 5 year survival rates have not improved in over 40 years and still remain at just 3% - most sadly die within weeks of diagnosis.

          PC charities in the UK would like to take these statistics to Parliament but in order to get our voices heard we need to get 100,000 signatures on an epetition (hosted by Maggie Watts - a widow to PC) by the 8 April…

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          • Head Teachers - Safeguard the health and development of children in schools

            Dear Head Teachers, please take action to safeguard the health and development of pupils in your school by banning the use of mobile/smart phones on school property and using only wired communications for all IT equipment and utility meters. Wi-Fi/2.4GHz signals have been shown in scientific studies to cause biological damage, alter brain activity, increase the proliferation of cancer cells and have a negative effect on fertility. Schools have a legal duty to prevent any damage to the health and development of children. Responses to the government's statements on Wi-Fi safety can be found here: http://wifiinschools.org.uk/resources/SSITA+response+January+2014.pdf.
            Calls for you…

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              16 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Replace MPs 2nd home mortgage subsidy with state owned or rented accomodation

              Following the Maria Miller and previous scandals regarding the opportunities for the misuse of the MPs second home mortgage allowances and the draconian application of the 2nd bedroom rules, it is surely time to replace this blatant profiteering with an alternative "not-for-profit" system.

              Alternatives could be a combination of:

              > state owned apartment block(s) with various sized flats to suit MPs needs: this could include shared common facilities such as large reception/meeting rooms and guest bedrooms

              > within above, MPs who live close to London (such as Miller who has only a 45m commute from Basingstoke) and should therefore need…

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                2 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Boycott Russian goods and services

                Support and publicise http://www.saveukraine.co.uk Boycott Russian Goods and Services campaign in response to Putin's Fascist dictatorship occupying Crimea, interfering in Ukraine's internal affairs, and threatening an invasion of Ukraine.

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                  5 comments  ·  International issues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Home Office and Mi5 using secret Courts, JSA 2013 to conceal and cover their own wrongdoing in the case of Martin McGartland

                  The British security services, MI5, and the Home Office are attempting to apply for a secret court hearing under JSA 2013 for no other reason that to cover-up their own embarrassment and wrong doing. The Martin McGartland case relates to MI5's withdrawing of medical support after he was shot 7 times as a result of work he carried out on their behalf. More importantly, the case has nothing at all to do with his undercover work in Northern Ireland, it concerns MI5's failings, breach of duty of care, at a time when they were meant to be looking after, supporting…

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                    14 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Reverse the State Pension Law

                    Give us the same transitional protection that MP's, Judges and Civil Servants were given against the changes to their pension schemes.

                    They were given 10 years protection whilst we were given as little as 18 months notice of the changes made to the State Pension.

                    Is this fair and equitable?

                    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/statepensionlaw

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                    • STOP THE ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE, SAVE ELEPHANTS, RHINOS and other endangered species

                      I'd read the other day there was a protest in London outside the Chinese Embassy to put pressure on the Chinese Government to make the ivory trade illegal. Apparently there was 150 people there, if I had know I would have gone too. We need to get more involved and get something done. I'd like to start a petition to get 100,000's on signatures to take to No 10 and the Chinese Embassy to SAVE this graceful creatures from extinction. We need to educate people that the herbal remedies do not work and owning ivory a crime. I don't know…

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                        3 comments  ·  International issues  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Fight the Crown Estate residential property sell off

                        The Crown Estates has for many generations rented farms and residential properties to the public - the South-West having a substantial part of these. As a result many families have remained in the same properties for years (Often generations). Over the past few years Crown Estates have decided to turn their attentions to developing retail/business assets in... guess where? Yup, London. As a result they need vast amounts of cash to fund this. To get this cash it looks as though they are rapidly selling off swathes of the rural estate. Tenants are being given 2 months to quit -…

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                        • Health Freedom

                          A series of laws are being passed through the EU which severely limit our health freedoms, both freedom of choice and freedom of speech.

                          By next year, it will be illegal to sell the vast majority of seeds, supplements, and herbs that are currently on the market. It will also be illegal to talk about the potential benefits of any but a tiny percentage of health foods.

                          Herbs were outlawed in 2011; there has been a grace period which is about to be withdrawn in Dec 2012. There is a statutory register but there are only around 100 herbs that…

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                            41 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Politicians to confront the paedophilia within the establishment.

                            It's the huge elephant in the room. Ignored by both politicians and generally society at large. We need to stop turning a blind eye to it. Children have no voice. Children are our future. Children are being preyed upon by members of Parliament the judiciary the police social services and royalty.
                            There is no way that if you work within the Commons or House of Lords that you haven't heard the rumours of fellow colleagues. It's time Parliament dealt with this head on and confront its dark secrets.
                            Or are we to wait for the deaths of those guilty before…

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                              5 comments  ·  Politics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Stop HMRC Selling Tax Payer Financial Data

                              The plan for HMRC to sell tax payer financial data has just been announced. I really think we need a Care.data style campaign - which was immediately successful in achieving a significant delay to those plans. There's an article here http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/18/hmrc-to-sell-taxpayers-data. These plans to sell so-called 'anonymised' data are really wrong!

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                                5 comments  ·  Economy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Save our Ancient Woodlands from the Axe

                                The Government now wants to allow statutorily protected Ancient Woodland to be cut down by developers if they offer suitable sites elsewhere as new woodland sites, a process known as off setting. The Government would like to see this process made compulsory. However, you cannot replace woodlands that have been around for hundreds or thousands of years just like that. These ancient woodlands are already scarce environments in England. They provide valuable havens for endangered plant and animal species, as well as archaeological and historic sites, and they are part of our natural landscape heritage. They are also fragile habitats,…

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                                  4 comments  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Saving The Deanes School in Benfleet Essex.

                                  Essex County Council started consultations on May 23rd 2013 to close a secondary school in Thundersley Essex rated as a "Good school with outstanding features" by OFSTED. This is a constructive closure by Councillor Gooding The Cabinet Member of Education and Lifelong Learning. His consultation is flawed and has been recommended by his own Scrutiny Commitee that "there is insufficient evidence" to close the school. Yet he ignores his own council and presses ahead with the closure. Rebecca Harris MP is fully opposed to the closure as is the local Castle Point Borough Councillors and the neighbouring Southend Unity Council…

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                                    43 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Supporting Young Entrants in to Farming

                                    As its the International Year of Family Farming we'd like to start the debate on how new families can get in to farming and make our communities more resilient for producing food. At the moment so many of us are so reliant on the supermarkets distribution systems and what farms or traders they buy from. Do we want to continue to be reliant on these retail giants? Do we care how our food is produced and what it contains? If you want to support another way of food production and delivery please checkout www.crowdfunder.co.uk/chagfarm

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                                      0 comments  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • ATOS - Unfit for 2014 Commonwealth Games

                                      Atos are employed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to carry out assessments on sick and disabled people. As widely reported in the mainstream media, more than 2,200 people have died before the the 'fit for work' assesment has been completed. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of sick and disabled people have had their Social Security Benefit removed, reducing them to penury and extreme poverty.

                                      Atos have been chosen as a major sponsor of the Commonwealth Games 2014. We say that ATOS is not fit to be a sponsor and therefore call on the Glasgow 2014 Ltd Organising Committee…

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                                      • stopping the introduction of water cannon for use by police on mainland Britain

                                        Boris Johnson is planning to introduce water cannon for use by the London Met by summer 2014. Theresa May has said that in principle she is not opposed to their use. There is a large possibility they will be used against those who are exercising their democratic right to protest peacefully. (The Met does not have a good record on kettling for example. How can we be sure the use of water cannon won't be abused?)

                                        If water cannon arrive in London, it is only a matter of time before they spread across the nation.

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                                          4 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Human Right to have time to Grieve - Heartless Councils evicting people after death of loved ones

                                          Councils across the UK are using housing law (rights of succession and over occupancy) to evict people and in many cases make them homeless with 28 day notice even when someone has just died.
                                          One council gives six months and says they will look for alternative
                                          accommodation. Why aren't others doing the same? A friend of mine who has mental health issues has just lost his mother to lung and brain cancer and has been sent a form two days after the funeral to leave a property he has been in all his life for 51 yrs in 28 days. …

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