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Labour (Co-op)

Member for Leeds North West

alex.sobel.mp@parliament.uk / alexsobel
Select Committees
Environmental Audit Committee (since March 2020)

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Significant Leeds North West Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
109,076
Petition Closed

Restore nature on a massive scale to help stop climate breakdown

Gov Responded - 2 May 2019 Debated on - 28 Oct 2019 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
17 Oct 2019
closed 8 months, 4 weeks ago

To avoid a climate emergency we need to act fast. Rewilding and other natural climate solutions can draw millions of tonnes of CO2 out of the air through restoring and protecting our living systems. We call on the UK government to make a bold financial and political commitment to nature's recovery.

1,725,630
Petition Closed

Do not prorogue Parliament

Gov Responded - 9 Sep 2019 Debated on - 9 Sep 2019 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
15 Feb 2020
closed 4 months, 3 weeks ago

Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the Article 50 period has been sufficiently extended or the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU has been cancelled.

171,982
Petition Closed

Continue to fund free TV licences for the over 75 in the future.

Gov Responded - 24 Jun 2019 Debated on - 15 Jul 2019 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
17 Jun 2019
closed 1 year ago

Removing them will only penalize the poorest old age pensioners, many who rely on their television for company and their main source of entertainment.

105,421
Petition Closed

Public inquiry into the bias in the BBC

Gov Responded - 14 Jan 2019 Debated on - 15 Jul 2019 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
17 Jun 2019
closed 1 year ago

The impartiality of the BBC is in question and needs addressing so as to protect its charter

246,736
Petition Closed

Abolish the BBC television license.

Gov Responded - 26 Jun 2019 Debated on - 15 Jul 2019 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
20 Jun 2019
closed 1 year ago

The quality of BBC programmes do not reflect the price of the TV license. It is far too expensive for the majority of people and should be abolished.

247,048
Petition Closed

Ban the use of all non-recyclable and unsustainable food packaging

Gov Responded - 18 Jun 2019 Debated on - 24 Jun 2019 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
5 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 1 month ago

Today the Earth is at a crisis point due to our plastic consumption, and as a result, people in the UK are more willing than ever to engage in recycling. Yet so much food packaging remains completely, frustratingly unrecyclable. Let's aim for the UK to lead the world with a 100% recycling rate.

113,825
Petition Closed

Increase funding for schools

Gov Responded - 5 Feb 2019 Debated on - 4 Mar 2019 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
19 May 2019
closed 1 year, 1 month ago

Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to “make ends meet” but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible.

72,241
Petition Closed

Increase college funding to sustainable levels - all students deserve equality!

Gov Responded - 25 Feb 2019 Debated on - 21 Jan 2019 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
10 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 3 months ago

We call on the Government to urgently increase college funding to sustainable levels, including immediate parity with recently announced increases to schools funding. This will give all students a fair chance, give college staff fair pay and provide the high-quality skills the country needs.

307,897
Petition Closed

Ban the sale of fireworks to the public. Displays for licenced venues only.

Gov Responded - 21 Nov 2018 Debated on - 26 Nov 2018 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
30 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 2 months ago

Every year fireworks are set off unnecessarily.
Fireworks are a nuisance to the public. They scare animals, young children and people with a phobia.
They injure thousands of people every year.
They cause damage to buildings, vehicles,emergancy vehicles etc.
Lastly Kids are STILL being sold them.

112,025
Petition Closed

Allow Premier League and Championship football clubs to introduce safe standing

Gov Responded - 3 May 2018 Debated on - 25 Jun 2018 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
8 Jun 2018
closed 2 years, 1 month ago

Safe Standing offers a much safer alternative to fans who wish to stand, rather than sit at football matches. After the highly successful introduction to rail seating at Celtic Park, as well as numerous Bundesliga clubs, many football fans feel that laws preventing standing areas should be relaxed.

170,981
Petition Closed

Give the electorate a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords

Gov Responded - 15 May 2018 Debated on - 18 Jun 2018 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
17 Jul 2018
closed 1 year, 12 months ago

The House of Lords is a place of patronage where unelected and unaccountable individuals hold a disproportionate amount of influence and power which can be used to frustrate the elected representatives of the people

109,553
Petition Closed

Ban the sale of animal fur in the UK.

Gov Responded - 28 Nov 2017 Debated on - 4 Jun 2018 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
23 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

Fur farming was banned in England and Wales in 2000, followed by Scotland in 2002. However fur products can still be legally imported from other countries and sold here in the UK. Much of this fur comes from countries that have very weak or no animal welfare laws at all.

148,248
Petition Closed

Ban the sale of puppies by pet shops & all commercial 3rd party dealers.

Gov Responded - 20 Mar 2018 Debated on - 21 May 2018 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
1 Sep 2018
closed 1 year, 10 months ago

Removing puppies for sale from litter & mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. Puppies should be seen with their mum & transporting them to a different place for sale harms welfare. Regulating commercial 3rd party sales is ineffective to prevent harm & a ban is therefore necessary.

156,835
Petition Closed

Call on PM to take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Gov Responded - 5 Jan 2018 Debated on - 14 May 2018 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
30 May 2018
closed 2 years, 1 month ago

Bereaved families & survivors call on PM to exercise her powers under the Inquiries Act 2005 to appoint additional panel members with decision making power to sit alongside Chair in Grenfell Tower Inquiry: to ensure those affected have confidence in & are willing to fully participate in the Inquiry

238,769
Petition Closed

Stop the privatisation of NHS services

Gov Responded - 20 Feb 2018 Debated on - 23 Apr 2018 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
17 May 2018
closed 2 years, 1 month ago

We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing contracts already signed. Companies should not be profiteering from NHS contracts, when every pound of NHS budgets is desperately needed for more doctors and nurses, and to pay them more.

113,284
Petition Closed

Change the laws governing the use of fireworks to include a ban on public use

Gov Responded - 27 Oct 2017 Debated on - 29 Jan 2018 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
6 Apr 2018
closed 2 years, 3 months ago

Fireworks cause alarm, distress and anxiety to many people and animals. We call on the Secretary of State to make appropriate provision to secure that the risk of public use is the MINIMUM that is compatible with fireworks being used, as stated in Fireworks Act 2003 sect 2.

117,716
Petition Closed

Make fair transitional state pension arrangements for 1950’s women

Gov Responded - 27 Sep 2017 Debated on - 14 Dec 2017 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
13 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

That this Government without delay recognises the need for a non-means tested bridging pension for women born on or after 6/4/1950 who are affected by the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts and compensate those at risk of losing up to around £45,000, to also give proper notification for any future changes.

149,138
Petition Closed

Pay Up Now! – Scrap the pay cap and give public servants a meaningful pay rise

Gov Responded - 9 Oct 2017 Debated on - 4 Dec 2017 View Alex Sobel's petition debate contributions
12 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 4 months ago

Every single person who works in public services needs and deserve a pay rise. It’s time for the pay cap to be scrapped, for the government to provide additional funding for public sector pay and for employers to put public sector workers pay up now.


Most recent EDMs signed by Alex Sobel

Date Tabled Title Signatures
18 Mar 2020
Alex Sobel signed this EDM on Tuesday 21st April 2020

Repatriation of UK nationals from countries that have closed borders

Tabled by: Jonathan Edwards (Independent - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr)
That this House notes that as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, a number of countries have closed their borders to contain the virus; notes that as a result many UK subjects are stranded; calls on the Government to negotiate with all countries where borders have closed, ways of repatriating …
70 signatures
(Most recent: 5 May 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 32
Scottish National Party: 14
Liberal Democrat: 9
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Conservative: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 1
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
25 Mar 2020
Alex Sobel signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 21st April 2020

Protection of UK charities and third sector organisations

Tabled by: Mr Barry Sheerman (Labour (Co-op) - Huddersfield)
That this House has considered the invaluable role that charity and third-sector organisations play in supporting vulnerable people and communities across the UK; recognises the immense strain placed on the sector by restrictions caused by the covid-19 outbreak; urges the Government to consider the need for a sector-wide bailout for …
11 signatures
(Most recent: 12 May 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 8
Liberal Democrat: 1
Green Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
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Commons initiatives


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Heart Diseases: Coronavirus Public Health: Sign Language Nabiximols: Multiple Sclerosis Coronavirus: Health Education Lung Diseases Palliative Care: Finance Palliative Care: Finance Hospitals: Television Midwives: Migrant Workers NHS: Negligence NHS: Negligence Valsartan Dental Services: Children Antibiotics: Rivers Heart Diseases: Health Services Brineura Hospitals: Yorkshire and the Humber Orkambi Brineura Antibiotics Brineura Medical Treatments Sleep: Young People Cannabis: Abuse Pancreatic Cancer Breastfeeding Breastfeeding Naproxen Naproxen Dementia: Social Services General Practitioners: Insurance Rheumatology Palliative Care Mental Health Services: Yorkshire and the Humber Mental Health Services: Children and Young People Abortion Act 1967 Mental Health Services: Out of Area Treatment Compulsorily Detained Psychiatric Patients Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds Arthritis Medical Treatments: Innovation Medical Treatments Rare Diseases: Medical Treatments Arthritis NHS: Finance Department of Health and Social Care: Re-employment Department of Health and Social Care: Vacancies Pain: Females Antibiotics: Drug Resistance Antibiotics: Prescriptions Medical Treatments: Innovation Drugs: Innovation Obesity: Children and Young People Abortion CJD Care Homes: Yorkshire and the Humber Postnatal Depression: Mental Health Services General Medical Council: Finance Doctors: Migrant Workers Obesity: Yorkshire and the Humber Diabetes: Medical Equipment Pregnancy: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs Mental Health Services: Asylum Mental Health Services: Alcoholic Drinks and Drugs General Practitioners: Yorkshire and the Humber Mental Health Services: Yorkshire and the Humber Skin Cancer: Screening Surgery: Yorkshire and the Humber Mental Health Services: Yorkshire and the Humber Social Services: Police Leeds General Infirmary: Accident and Emergency Departments Eating Disorders: Children and Young People Cervical Cancer: Screening Social Services: Yorkshire and the Humber Mental Health Services: Gender Recognition Mental Health Services: Gender Recognition Mental Health Services Care Homes: Yorkshire and the Humber Mental Health Services: Gender Recognition Carillion Rape: Children Rape: Children Ambulance Services: Migrant Workers Accident and Emergency Departments Postnatal Depression Health Services and Social Services Carillion Coeliac Disease: Prescriptions Lung Diseases Breast Cancer: Drugs Breast Cancer: Diagnosis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients: Transport Neurology Medicine: Research Mental Health Services Mental Health Services NHS: Private Sector Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds Patients: Transport Asylum: Finance Asylum: Finance Retail Trade: Crimes of Violence Abortion: Clinics Immigration: EU Nationals Immigration Controls: Commonwealth Immigration: Windrush Generation Visas: Entertainers Refugees: Homelessness British Nationality: Assessments Knives: Crime Travellers: Caravan Sites Debts: Fraud Migrant Workers: Yorkshire and the Humber 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Air Zones: Leeds and Birmingham Clean Air Zones Clean Air Zones Clean Air Zones Palm Oil Plastics: Waste Animal Welfare: Inspections Charities: Plastic Bags Bottles: Recycling Wines Agriculture Polar Bears Rural Areas: Bus Services Flood Control: Finance Flood Control: Finance Flood Control: Finance Electric Vehicles: Batteries and Fuel Cells Real Bread Campaign Bread: Marketing Meat: Consumption Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control Plastics: Waste Railways: Trees Plastics: Waste Plastics: Waste Plastics: Waste Water Pesticides Insects: Yorkshire and the Humber Horses: Databases Animal Welfare: Sentencing Flood Control Air Pollution: Monitoring Air Pollution Fracking: Yorkshire and the Humber Poultry Energy: Waste Plastics: Beaches Plastics: Leeds Waste: Exports Forests: North of England Poultry: Antibiotics Plastics: Waste Disposal Agriculture: Antibiotics Agriculture: Antibiotics Recycling: Fines Nitrogen Dioxide Recycling: EU Law Air Pollution Air Pollution Air Pollution Water: EU Law Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Social Media Nature Conservation: EU Law Sewage: Rivers Home Education: Coronavirus Schools: Coronavirus Assessments: Coronavirus Universities: Industrial Disputes Children: Day Care Universities: Industrial Disputes Students: Compensation Roma Holocaust Memorial Day: Education Pupils: Sanitary Protection Schools: Discipline Schools: Discipline Schools: Discipline Further Education: Low Incomes Schools: Yorkshire and the Humber Schools: Counselling English Language: Education Schools: Discipline Refugees: Children and Young People Schools: Pollution Schools: Pollution Schools: Pollution Pupils: English Language Pupil Premium: Leeds Special Educational Needs Pupils: Gender Recognition Sex and Relationship Education: Yorkshire Children: Protection Children: Health Schools: Staff Adoption Adoption Adoption Special Educational Needs: Hearing Impairment Children: Obesity Schools: Staff Physical Education: GCSE Personal Care Services: 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