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Rules of Petition Signatures

Learn the principles behind parliament petition wording and signatures with information on submitting a request to your Member of Parliament or Government.

PARLIAMENT PETITION RULES: This section provides help and advice for anyone who wants to start their own petition and have it ruled upon.

Find out how to sign a plea that has already been submitted and lobbied, or search for someone else's lodged solicitation.

UK Government aside - by comparison a supplication is a form of prayer which has been petitioned to a deity.

Parliament Petitions

As a rule, a petition is a formal written request or document which is signed by many individuals appealing for someone, usually in authority, to do something.

Some applications are similar to a 'round robin' in many ways, but colloquially parliament petitions are most commonly addressed to a government official or a public entity.

Create a Petition

Creating a new petition, and getting enough signatures to have it seen and debated, can be a challenging process.

Importune laws are very stringent and the country's democratic regulations must be recognised at all times.

Nonetheless, if you gather or beseech sufficient support for your cause, following these few basic rules for petition signatures, you may well get your imploration considered for debate in UK Parliament.

Parliamentary Petition Service

Before you can petition Parliament or present your plea to government, appealing for a change to the law or official policy, you must be a British citizen or a UK resident to create or sign it. The rules forbid the creation of an application that is;

Rules of Petition Signatures

Once you have created a petition you get five people to support it. The text is published after it has been checked, unless it gets rejected for not meeting the required standards - such as being offensive or illegal. The Petitions Committee review every publication and they may select solicitations of interest to find out more about the issues raised. The Committee also has the power and ruling authority to press for action from government or Parliament.

The rules dictate that the number of recorded signatures determines the results of formally lodged petitions.

After 10,000 Signatures - Your appeal receive a response from the government.

After 100,000 Signatures - It will be considered for debate in Parliament (some conditions apply.

MPs may consider your plea for a debate even before it reaches 100,000 names and you can choose to submit a petition through your Member of Parliament.

They may contact you about the issue you cover and you could be invited to take part in a discussion with MPs or government ministers. You may also be asked to give evidence to a select committee or they may write to other people or organisations who are related to the topic of the issue raised in your petition.

Parliament Petitions; UK Rules Updated 2017