That this House wishes to record the case of Mr Brian McArdle who, having suffered a blood clot on his brain, was left paralysed on one side, unable to speak properly and blind in one eye and yet was summoned to an Atos work capacity assessment, before which he suffered a further stroke and was eventually informed he was to lose his disability benefits; notes with sadness that Mr McArdle died from a heart attack the day after his benefits were stopped and that his 13 year old son Kieran wrote to Atos to tell the company that their assessments `are killing genuine people like my dad'; and appreciates why disability campaigners like Susan Archibald are calling for the suspension of Atos assessments, and why Jim Moore and other campaigners are calling for 3 December to be a day of remembrance for all Atos victims.
Total number of signatures: 26
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|Caton, Martin||Labour Party||Gower||13.11.2012|
|Corbyn, Jeremy||Labour Party||Islington North||13.11.2012|
|Dobbin, Jim||Labour Party||Heywood and Middleton||07.11.2012|
|Durkan, Mark||Social Democratic and Labour Party||Foyle||06.11.2012|
|Edwards, Jonathan||Plaid Cymru||Carmarthen East and Dinefwr||06.11.2012|
|Galloway, George||Respect||Bradford West||07.11.2012|
|Glindon, Mary||Labour Party||North Tyneside||07.11.2012|
|Godsiff, Roger||Labour Party||Birmingham Hall Green||12.11.2012|
|Hancock, Mike||Liberal Democrats||Portsmouth South||12.11.2012|
|Hopkins, Kelvin||Labour Party||Luton North||06.11.2012|
|Hosie, Stewart||Scottish National Party||Dundee East||19.11.2012|
|Jackson, Glenda||Labour Party||Hampstead and Kilburn||19.11.2012|
|Kaufman, Gerald||Labour Party||Manchester Gorton||09.11.2012|
|Lavery, Ian||Labour Party||Wansbeck||08.11.2012|
|Lucas, Caroline||Green Party||Brighton Pavilion||09.11.2012|
|McCrea, Dr William||Democratic Unionist Party||South Antrim||07.11.2012|
|McDonnell, John||Labour Party||Hayes and Harlington||05.11.2012|
|McGovern, Jim||Labour Party||Dundee West||22.11.2012|
|Meale, Alan||Labour Party||Mansfield||06.11.2012|
|Owen, Albert||Labour Party||Ynys Môn||13.11.2012|
|Ritchie, Margaret||Social Democratic and Labour Party||South Down||07.11.2012|
|Robertson, John||Labour Party||Glasgow North West||20.11.2012|
|Shannon, Jim||Democratic Unionist Party||Strangford||06.11.2012|
|Sharma, Virendra||Labour Party||Ealing Southall||08.11.2012|
|Simpson, David||Democratic Unionist Party||Upper Bann||07.11.2012|
|Skinner, Dennis||Labour Party||Bolsover||06.11.2012|
Nov. 28, 2012, 3:49 p.m. EST
By Benjamin Pimentel
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Moody's Investor Service on Wednesday said it has lowered Hewlett-Packard's HPQ +2.99% long-term credit ratings to Baa1 from A3, with a negative outlook. "Although H-P will maintain strong to leading positions in a number of product areas, the company's credit profile will remain weaker than previously expected over the intermediate term," Moody's senior vice president Richard Lane said in a statement. Moody's said the negative rating outlook is based on concerns about competitive pressures, and execution challenges. H-P shares were last trading up 3% to $12.74. The stock has shed 8% this month, and has fallen 51% year-to-date.
Hewlett-Packard End-of-Day Stock Quote for November 27, 2012
The RSPCA has supported its chief executive in calling to "name and shame" farmers who take part in the badger cull, and confirmed it will strip participants of their Freedom Food accreditation.
Gavin Grant made the comment on the BBC's Panorama programme, sparking outrage among farmers, who fear it could incite violence by anti-cull activists. But a spokeswoman said Mr Grant had "the full support of the RSPCA for advocating a position we have held for years".
The animal charity said it unreservedly condemned any harassment, intimidation or threats of violence. "We have always insisted that those opposing the planned cull should do so by lawful and peaceful means only," added the spokeswoman.
But David McDowell, the RSPCA's former acting chief veterinary adviser, condemned Mr Grant's comments. Writing on the NFU website, he said: "Targeting people carrying out lawful activities oversteps the boundaries of reasonable behaviour."
Other commentators went further, calling on Mr Grant to step down, and for the RSPCA to be stripped of its charitable status.
"Gavin Grant was totally unmasked on Panorama," said Ian Johnson, NFU spokesman in the South West. "He's done the RSPCA a huge disservice and now lacks any kind of credibility."
The RSPCA has refused to name the person who sent letters to producers in Gloucestershire and Somerset in October, threatening farmers with suspension from the Freedom Food scheme if they took part in the cull.
"Freedom Food farms agree to abide by certain standard requirements as part of their membership of the scheme," said the RSPCA spokeswoman. "This requires that humane systems are used to control or deter wildlife posing threats to farmed animals. Vaccination of badgers is such a humane alternative. Such an approach should be used on Freedom Food farms if farmers wish to take any action on badgers."
Badgers were not a significant source of bovine TB and culling them would make little meaningful contribution to the control of TB in cattle, she added. "Freedom Food standards allow for humane lethal force to be used as a last resort against wild animals posing a threat to farmed stock. Free shooting at night certainly does not qualify."