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#PatsDebate Pat’s Petition Progresses And Succeeds!

December 8, 2012

Same Difference offered full support to Pat’s Petition from the very beginning. So I’m very pleased to be cross posting this from CarerWatch. What a wonderful tribute this progress is to the member of the group who very sadly passed away last week.

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.

Pat x

for further details contact  –  patspetition@gmail.com

If you have any suggestions/comments, please add them below.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Nick permalink
    December 8, 2012 3:09 pm

    well whoever is going to follow this up is just to make sure that Liam Byrne is aware of how many people have died so far from the welfare reform bill in which people are told their fit for work and then die .Liam Byrne can be very forgetful at time’s especially where so many deaths have taken place

    The bbc will not be broadcasting these deaths for the record so it’s important this doesn’t get hushed up and buried and that the families of those that have died get justice at some point in the courts

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