Spotted on fellow Labour and former Glossopdale resident Suzanne’s blog, is a request to get people to (as per copied post below) to sign up to the petition that is current been run to reverse the decision on awarding a posthumous George Cross to DC Stephen Oake’s.
I am trying to gain momentum through the blogging community for a Petition asking the Prime Minister to reverse his decision not to posthumously award D.C. Stephen Oake the George Cross.
Stephen was stabbed to death during a terrorist raid in Manchester in 2003. His selfless actions, which resulted in the loss of his life, undoubtedly saved the lives of his colleagues who were on the raid with him
You can read more about D.C. Stephen Oake on the Manchester Evening News website.
Please do take 5 mins to sign this petition. You can follow the link below to sign up.
Also if you are a fellow blogger please create a link from your blog to the petition.
“The recent decision by the George Cross Committee not to award a posthumous George Cross to D.C Stephen Oake has outraged many in UK society. Many press commentaries have included the views of members of the general public who are disgusted at this outrageous decision. Indeed, many current and former members of the police service are considering returning their own medals in protest at the decision.
This decision has come at a time when the UK is facing a challenge unseen since the Second World War. It is also a time when more and more elements of the criminal fraternity are prepared to arm themselves, and we are seeing greater numbers of police officers being injured or killed as a consequence of this.
We petition the Prime Minister to intervene in this case and reverse this decision. This award will honour this brave and dedicated officer’s memory. It will show his family that the ultimate sacrifice he made has not been forgotten by his colleagues and those he was sworn to protect. It may also go some way towards improving the morale of a traditionally un-armed service that continues to serve the public with skill, dedication and determination in such trying times.”