Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

You Want Change? Get an Online Petition on the Go; in Theory, Starting a Petition to Parliament Can Help to Change the Law. in Practice, There's a Little More to It Than That. SEAN SEDDON Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

You Want Change? Get an Online Petition on the Go; in Theory, Starting a Petition to Parliament Can Help to Change the Law. in Practice, There's a Little More to It Than That. SEAN SEDDON Reports

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Byline: SEAN SEDDON

STARTING a parliamentary petition is a modest way to try to bring about a little bit of change in society.

Sometimes they'll go viral and attract widespread support, moving and shaping the public debate.

If they gain 100,000 signatures, they'll even be considered for a debate in parliament.

And other times, as these beauties prove, they're just a bit mad.

It turns out that people from our region have attempted to kickstart some pretty bizarre campaigns.

These are some of the wackiest ways in which the good people of the North East have tried - and failed - to change the world.

DO NOT CLOSE DESTINY This wonderfully pitched petition was meant as an impassioned plea to save the Newcastle club 'Destiny' when it was facing closure.

It reads: "destiny is my DESTINY. it cannot be closed. the people of Newcastle LOVE the sesh at destiny".

Moving words indeed.

Official response: It's not clear what the petition is asking the UK Government or Parliament to do.

HAVE TOMORROW LAND OR EDC ON THE TOWN MOOR IN NEWCASTLE This erstwhile campaigner wanted to bring a dance music festival to the Toon.

It's the sort of petition which doesn't really get bogged down in the details, simply reading: "It's about time we had a festival on the field".

Official response: It's about something that the UK Government or Parliament is not responsible for.

GIVE NORTHUMBERLAND THE RIGHT TO BECOME ITS OWN COUNTRY Move over Nicola Sturgeon, Northumbrian separatism is stirring in the border county.

The rallying cry reads: "We the signed wold like Theresa May to give the people of Northumberland the right to become its own country."

Official response: It's not clear what the petition is asking the UK Government or Parliament to do.

TO HAVE THE OLD ODEON CINEMA IN NEWCASTLE REFURBISHED INTO A LIVE MUSIC VENUE Never mind the planning process, this campaigner wanted government to intervene to bring back the glory days of British rock 'n' roll on Tyneside.

It reads: "this beautiful building has stood idle for years and had in the past hosted such bands as Pink Floyd and The Who in their pomp. …

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