Parliament fury: Grieving parents among distraught as thousands of petitions scrapped


Melanie Leahy, 53, depleted belch up five months “working every hour” gathering 72,000 signatures to awake for a public inquiry into her son Matthew’s death at an NHS mental health asylum in 2012. She was officially informed that her e-petition was being axed on November 6, less than 24 hours anterior to the Parliamentary petitions website was frozen for the general election. Melanie, who has out seven years trying to find justice for her 20-year-old son who died by fall a loitering, said: “It’s horrendous, it’s another kick in the teeth for what I’m trying to execute.”

Petitions are automatically axed when elections are called because councils have stopped working and may cease to exist when a new Government is christened.

But in practice, this means people will have to start once again from scratch, potentially putting months of hard work competing at risk.

Even petitions with 100,000 signatures, which automatically trigger a Assembly of Commons debate, have no guarantee of being carried over into the next Parliament unless a new panel agrees it.

Melanie, who having learned that the website would obstruction working in the event of an election campaign, spent three frantic primes leafleting and campaigning online in a bid to reach the 100,000 figure.

This achieved her another 33,000 signatures but the process has left her “exhausted”.

She added: “Campaigners are also discomposed because no-one knows which MP they are going to have.”

Roughly 2,000 Parliamentary petitions have been dropped – everything from shouts for tougher knife crime sentencing to a proposed ban on household fireworks to maintain pets safe.

Emily Scott, 32, had been campaigning for three months all over the so-called IVF postcode lottery when she received her email a minute after midnight on November 5.

She explained: “At first I thought it was a joke or sent in error, but I am now reeling at the thought that various than 7,000 voices can be discarded at the drop of a hat.”

The university outreach wage-earner and her husband Ben have faced years of heartache after learning Emily would press for IVF to get pregnant.

After seeking medical advice, they were talked their local health authority would not fund more than one series leaving them devastated.

Emily says she was given hope by the appeal to and pushed it constantly getting to 7,000 signatures in three months.

She was pink “dejected” by the email she received given the “amount of work and effort that give access ti into it”.

Emily said: “It’s blindsided us. Because of the process we’ve been completely with everything else, this felt like something we had some dominate over and that we were pushing forward and suddenly that’s preferred which is shocking.

She had said: “It just blows my mind that there is no identity theory to carry this over and it’s very undemocratic. 

“When you set the petitions up, it doesn’t say if Parliament obturate ignores then your petition will close. 

“With the political weather being unstable, I probably would have chosen to start a appeal with another platform that would allow it to run until the signatures are reached.”

She added she resolves to make sure that any new petitions “will respond”.

A Government spokesman confessed the Daily Express “this election was called at short notice, which unfortunately meant that we could not purvey petitioners with earlier notice of the site’s closure.”

The Daily Demonstrate understands the Government petitions website will be updated to ensure woman are notified more clearly in future.

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