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The power of the Petitions Committee

For centuries citizens have petitioned parliament but recent weeks have broken records. The key task now is ensuring public concerns are heard

By Catherine McKinnell  

For hundreds of years, people have been petitioning parliament, raising awareness of important issues and lobbying for change. Campaigning on the issues that matter most to us is a fundamental part of democracy, and starting or signing a petition is an important way for people to engage with parliament.

The current outbreak has affected almost every aspect of our lives and the increase in the number of petitions being tabled is a clear reflection of the desire for people to get answers to their concerns. Over 3.3m people have signed parliamentary…

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