November 15th 2018
If you signed the Government petition you will have heard by now that it has been given a debate date.. 26th November 2018. Very quick. We are planning to take our Change.org petition to the OPSS in Birmingham next week.. I would love some support if anyone can make it. Date to be confirmed soon. Check the page .
We are very busy asking members to write again to their MPs asking them to attend the debate. That’s about it for now. Please keep sharing the petitions, both of them.
Well as you will see from the Hansard report on the debate, nothing changed. Well I say nothing changed, actually, there were a lot more MPs attending the debate and a greater feeling of desire to change.
The Office of Product Safety and Standards was set up as promised by the Minister of BEIS at the time (now out of office). It took some months to staff and has now begun to work properly one imagines.
We decided to use Change.org as the platform for our 2018 petition which is being supported by the RSPCA. We will be taking it to the OPSS when we feel we have enough signatures. At the time of writing this we have close to 300,000, in three weeks and two days. We decided to use Change.org because we would then be able to update our signatories and felt it would work better that way. It seems to have been a good decision 300,000 later.
Our petition achieved 100,000 signatures in less than 5 weeks and a debate is scheduled for 29th January 2018 in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm.
At the moment the petition has slowed down. There are two reasons for this, the first is that the government reply to the petition even at 10,000 signatures was very negative. The second reason is that now the debate is scheduled we have publicized the petition less. More signatures are always welcome, so please sign if you haven’t.
We started a new 2017/18 petition two weeks ago and to date 20th October we have achieved 12,306 signatures. This proves to us that there are many people out there who feel as we do. You can have too much of a good thing! Although many enjoy fireworks, even they feel that firework use has got out of hand. You only have to watch the news from now until January and at least twice a week there is an incident where fireworks have been used as weapons against (of all people) our emergency services.
It is time to put a stop to this, as with acid attacks, the government need to act NOW.
Link to 2017/18 petition…. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/201947
The petition finished in April 2016, after raising an amazing 104,038 signatures!
Due to the signatures achieved, the issue was debated at parliament on June 6th at 4:30pm
Prior to the debate the team promoted the campaign with radio (local and national) and television interviews including BBC Breakfast. Links to the debate are below.
The outcome of the debate is that there was an agreement something needed to change and they didn’t want a total ban (like us!) so we have been working hard on coming up with our Stage 2 plan
Watch the debate here:
Full transcript here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-06-06/debates/16060612000001/Fireworks
We have started a new petition to start addressing what the MPs said they would be open to. A change in which only organised events are run. (link below with full information) We are however still asking for help (information for this is found on our home page)