Thousands of signatures against Iraq war on petitions handed to Cambridge MP

Second petition handed to Anne Campbell, MP.

by Stephen Hewitt

Stewart Hemsley, Councillor John Hipkin & others at Alex Wood Hall 3 Feb 2003 after presenting the Iraq war petition to Anne Campbell MP
Stewart Hemsley, Councillor John Hipkin and others at Alex Wood Hall on after presenting the Iraq war petition to Anne Campbell MP.

Cambridge, : A petition against military strikes on Iraq with over 3,200 signatures was presented to Cambridge MP Anne Campbell this morning.

Around half a dozen people from Cambridge peace campaign group Campeace met the MP at 11:00 at Alex Wood Hall. They included Stewart Hemsley and Cambridge Councillor John Hipkin.

Today's petition is addressed to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Last year a petition with 2,222 signatures, addressed to Anne Campbell herself, was given to her on .

Hundreds of signatures were collected from members of the public passing Campeace's table in the central market square of Cambridge on Saturdays.

The text of today's petition follows:

PETITION TO PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR

We, the undersigned, oppose military strikes against Iraq. Such attacks would severely harm Iraqi civilians who are already suffering from the effects of sanctions and routine bombardments by US/UK forces. They would also further destabilise the Middle East and increase terrorism worldwide. We believe that all nations, including Britain and the US, should have to submit their weapons of mass destruction and the means of their production to UN inspection as a prelude to their early elimination by international agreement. We call upon the Prime Minister to proceed no further in the planned attack on Iraq. We affirm that we shall be influenced in how we vote at the next parliamentary election by the positions taken by parties and candidates on this vital issue.

During the meeting Stuart Hemsley read his personal prepared statement which follows:

There is little left to say that has not already been said. The lies, deceit, policy changes, and false accusations have been too many to repeat. The moral and spiritual bankruptcy of those who lead us is abysmal in the extreme. The current situation is frightening, horrific, and at the same time farcical. One example: The most aggressive rogue nation on earth is Iraq so said Jack Straw last week. Fact: the USA has bombed and attacked over 21 countries since the end of WW2. It has used nuclear weapons. It has used massive quantities of chemical weapons in Viet Nam. Iraq is not in the same league it is a pygmy by comparison. What has now been proudly announced by its inventor, a strategy called Shock and Awe consisting of 3/400 cruise missiles on day 1 of the war on Iraq followed by the same on day 2 an amount that exceeds the total for the first Gulf War in its entirety is a plan straight out of the pit of hell. The perpetrators and implementers of such a plan are evil.

I sincerely hope that they, and the politicians who support it, will be given no rest by their consciences but will constantly be troubled by the images of the torn, bleeding and dead bodies of babies, children, women and men until they acknowledge their crimes and show real remorse for them.


Petition on Iraq war now has at least 604 signatures

Stephen Hewitt,

The petition to local MP Anne Campbell opposing a military attack on Iraq has now 604 signatures, plus an unknown number on sheets which have not yet been handed back to the organisers.

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A petition opposing Iraq military strike gains 216 more signatures

Stephen Hewitt,

The petition to local MP Anne Campbell against a military attack on Iraq gained a further 216 signatures in two hours from 12:00 - 2pm outside the Guildhall today.

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Successful launch of a petition opposing military strike against Iraq

Stephen Hewitt,

Today local peace campaign group Campeace launched a petition against military action on Iraq and collected 145 signatures in 90 minutes from people walking past their stand in the centre of Cambridge.

Campeace maintains a presence outside the Guildhall on the South side of the market square, Market Hill, Cambridge 12:00 - 1:30pm every Saturday.

The petition is addressed to the local representative in parliament, Anne Campbell MP. The full text is below.

PETITION TO ANNE CAMPBELL M.P.

We, the undersigned, oppose military strikes against Iraq. Such attacks would severely harm Iraqi civilians who are already suffering from the effects of sanctions and routine bombardments by US/UK forces. They would also further destabilise the Middle East and increase terrorism worldwide, We believe that all nations, including Britain and the US, should have to submit their weapons of mass destruction and the means of their production to UN inspection as a prelude to their early elimination by international agreement. We call upon you (and other local MPs) to sign the Early Day motion opposing military action against Iraq, and to convey to the Prime Minister the strength of opposition to such action among the people of Cambridge. We affirm that we shall be influenced in how we vote at the next parliamentary election by the positions taken by parties and candidates on this vital issue.

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