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What is this part of the website for?
- 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.

How can I suggest a campaign?
- 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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      110 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Petition Government to ban short selling of UK listed company stocks

      Short selling of stocks impacts everyone's pensions, it also impacts anyone's other investments in UK listed companies. Suppose your pension advisor invested £100,000 of your pension pot into RBS shares just prior to a gang of stock short sellers attacking RBS stock, within a few days the price of the stock has halved and your pension pot is now worth £50,000 less. A typical scenario that happens to many stocks every week. The majority of people don't realise that short selling has been impacting their pensions regularly. Short selling should be illegal. Short selling is when someone, or mostly an…

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        33 comments  ·  Economy  ·  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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              27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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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                20 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make Network Rail Subject to Freedom of Information Requests now it's a Taxpayer Funded Company from 1st September 2014

                On 1st September 2014 Network Rail will become a public-sector company and its debt of over £33 billion will be transferred to the taxpayer. Over the next 5 years the taxpayer will fund over £38 billion of Network Rail improvements however David Cameron has allegedly blocked moves to make Network Rail subject to Freedom of Information requests that would have allowed the taxpayer to scrutinise spending of their money, including paying Network Rail fat cat executives high salaries and bonuses.

                In the build up to the 2010 General Election the Conservatives said they would extend FOI to Network Rail however…

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                  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Support Democracy For Hong Kong

                  Pressure the Government to make China go through with its promise for democracy in Hong Kong.

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                    0 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 →
                    • https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/call-for-a-public-debate-into-the-death-of-7-year-old-zane

                      Please help us with this campaign!
                      6 months ago a little boy died in the floods in chertsey and his father remains paralysed from the waist down. it seems to be down to hydrogen cyanide gas coming from a nearby landfill site. but till today the parents of Zane and the public have no answers to why Zane died. The authorities are doing everything possible to cover it all up. please help us to find out the TruthAboutZane and to prevent other families of suffering in the same way! This is not just about a family -it's a national issue…

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                        1 comment  ·  Environment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Gary Barlow have his OBE removed

                        Jockey Lester Piggott had his OBE removed when he was found guilty of tax evasion. Jimmy Carr was called "morally wrong" for avoiding tax by the Prime Minister. Yet Gary Barlow has neither lost his OBE or been condemned for knowingly avoiding tax on millions of pounds of earnings. The PM says Barlow does a lot of good work for Children in Need - well it's a good job he does, since there are more children in need because of tax avoiders like him than ever before.

                        So regardless of whether he's a good bloke or not, we cannot set…

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                        • 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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                          • 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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                              6 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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                              • Stopping troubled children becoming an investment opportunity

                                Making money out of tragic children is the extreme end of the outsourcing culture. The history of contracting and privatisation has mainly been high cost and high profit for worse service. This 30-year policy has, without evidence, been driven by contempt for the idea of a public ethos, and conviction that private is always best.

                                An 18% return on the most disturbed and needy children in care homes is the extreme end of Britain's outsourcing culture according to a report by Polly Toynbee today.

                                'In the two years between 2010 and 2012 outsourcing to private children’s homes rose 8% to…

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                                  1 comment  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Stop the privatisation of child protection services.

                                  The power to take children away from their families could be privatised along with other child protection services under controversial plans the government has quietly announced.

                                  The proposal from Michael Gove's Department for Education (DfE) to permit the outsourcing of children's social services in England to companies such as G4S and Serco has alarmed experts. They say profit-making companies should not be in charge of such sensitive family matters, and warn that the introduction of the profit motive into child protection may distort the decision-making process.

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                                    3 comments  ·  Public services  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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 →
                                    • 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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                                        6 comments  ·  Economy  ·  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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                                          16 comments  ·  Human rights  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • ashya

                                          Leave his parents, his family & mostly him alone.

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