Former Councillor’s disappointment at rejected petition.


May 12, 2020

A Lancaster former councillor has shared his disappointment following his online petition was rejected by central government.

Joshua Brandwood, former Labour Councillor for Out Moss Lane Parish Ward tells us:

“Following the tragic death of television presenter, Caroline Flack, I launched an online petition calling for a government inquiry into the British Tabloids and their conduct leading up to her death.“

“My petition gathered over quarter of a million signatures and was shared across the world. “

“I reached out to my local MP, Cat Smith, who helped lobby the government. Just last week, I received a reply from her with a response from Jacob Reece-Mogg, leader of the House of Commons.”

 

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“Mr Mogg has thrown my petition out because it wasn’t started on the government e-petitions website despite it being unavailable at the time.”

“This response is incredibly disappointing and clearly obstructs democracy in action. It is unfair that over quarter of a million people have been ignored because of a minor technicality.”

Change.org screen signatures the same way as the government e-petitions website so I do not accept Mr Mogg’s response.”

“I will be taking this matter further and will be liaising with Cat Smith to ensure this petition isn’t swept under the carpet.”

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IMAGE: Joshua Brandwood, former Labour Councillor for Out Moss Lane Parish Ward.