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The WOW debate is a go - now the WOW petition needs your help again! Contact your MP….

December 12, 2013 was a moment of celebration as the WOW Petition ended with over 104,000 signatures and triggered eligibility for consideration by the Back Bench Business Committee (BBBC). The WOW petition called for a cumulative impact assessment of the impact of the government's welfare reform changes on sick and disabled people.

A year of cajolling, persuading, writing to MPs, campaign groups, charities, anti austerity groups and many others had paid off and the WOW petition could relax, having completed the first part of what it had set out to achieve.

Now, of course, the hard part comes.

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, agreed to present the WOW Petition to the BBBC, which he did on both 3 and 10 December and, with his and others' support, managed to secure in principle a full debate on the WOW Petition in the House of Commons, at a date yet to be decided.

So this is where the WOW petition group needs your help.

To have any chance of success whatsoever, the WOW petition must persuade MPs of the case and get them to support the petition's aim. That’s no easy task, but it is vital that we try and this is how you can help.

Write to your MP

Write to your local MP (you can find the details by using the Write to your MP tool) and we've produced a couple of suggested template letters  here (outline) and here (detailed)

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.

Continue to spread the word

While signatures are now closed on the petition, 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.

Posted by the WOW petition.


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