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There's just a short time left to contribute to POWER2010, the grassroots campaign to renew and strengthen our democracy from the bottom up.
OurKingdom Ourkingdom
27 November 2009

There's just a short time left to contribute to POWER2010, the grassroots campaign to renew and strengthen our democracy from the bottom up.  

The campaign is committed to giving everyone across the country a say in what reforms are needed to fix our politics and wants your input.  

What changes would you like to see? Submit your idea here - you have until midnight on November 30th.

The most popular ideas will become the POWER2010 Pledge - and form the backbone of a national campaign at the next election to change politics for good.  

With POWER2010 we have a historic chance to change our democracy for the better.  Do you want fairer voting? Cleaner politics? More power to local communities?

You decide. 

Over 3000 ideas have already been submitted  -they range from suggestions on MPs’ pay, the voting system, party funding, House of Lords, devolving more power to the UK nations and include:

  • An elected head of state – suggested by Rob in Birmingham
  • Abolishing spin doctors – from Cheryl in Hull
  • Directly electing the government – says Simon in Brentwood
  • A second chamber elected by lot, as with juries – suggests Maggie in Edinburgh
  • Votes from 16 years of age – from Matthew in Dundee.

Make sure you submit yours while there’s still time.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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