Stop the War on Welfare Petition reaches 100,000 signatures

28 January 2014 — People’s Assembly

December 12th, 2013 was, for many of us, a small moment of celebration as the WOW Petition ended with over 104,000 signatures and triggered the eligibility for consideration by the Back Bench Business Committee (BBBC).

After a year of cajolling, persuading, writing to MPs, campaign groups, charities, anti austerity groups, and many others it had all paid off and, for at least a moment, we could relax and realise that we had completed the first part of what we had set out to achieve.Now, of course, the hard part comes.John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, graciously agreed to present the WOW Petition to the BBBC, which he did on both the 3rd and the 10th of December and, with his and others support, managed to secure in principle a full debate on the WOW Petition in the House of Commons in the New Year, at a date yet to be decided.
So this is, once again, where we need your help.For us to have any chance of success whatsoever, we must persuade MPs of our case and get them to support what we are trying to achieve.  That’s no easy task, but it is vital that we try and this is how you can help us.
Write to your MP.
We need the support of as many MP’s as possible going into this debate and to do this we must persuade them to support us, so please:
Write to your MP 
We need the support of as many MP’s as possible going into this debate and we need to persuade many to support us, so please: 
  1. Write to your local MP (you can find the details by using our  Write to your MP tool) and we’ve produced a couple of suggested template letters  here (outline) and here (detailed) 
  2. Or if you’d prefer to e-mail your MP we’ve put together an automated tool to help you compile and send it here.
Our advice would be to do as much or as little as you feel able to and comfortable with. A cut and paste letter/ e-mail (Option 1) may be the option that suits you best and allows you to personalise your letter/ e-mail to your MP. Our automated tool is a quick and easy way to effectively let your MP know about the #WOWdebate2014 and your feeling about it. If like myself, you wish to make it more personal then by all means please do. We have included briefing notes on earlier blogs so please use them if you wish. I will be writing a shorter letter and then arranging to meet with my MP to discuss it in more detail, but that is what I’m comfortable with.
Continue to Spread the Word 
Whilst signatures may now be closed, every little bit of support can still make a difference to the Campaign. By promoting #WOWpetition on Twitter and Facebook – we’ll be using Hashtag #WOWdebate2014 in the run up to the actual day – we can show how much support there is out there. Let family and friends know what we’re doing and how they can help us.
Other Suggestions?Let us know!  I’m sure there’s ideas we haven’t thought of – we’re only human, after all – so please feel free to get in touch with us.  We’re on the above links or you can email us at
To all of our supporters – thank you for everything you’ve done to get us this far and we look forward to a successful 2014.  Happy New Year to you all.

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