Insider UK: our 19 October 2022 newsletter

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BT Sport Action Woman Awards 2022

BT Sport has today announced the nominees for the tenth annual BT Sport Action Woman of the Year Awards in association with The Independent. In a historic year of achievement for women’s sport, the awards celebrate six of 2022’s outstanding performances.

The vote is open to the public now until 9th November at

General Election Now!

The Independent has launched a petition calling for a general election to be held in the UK following the turmoil caused by recent political events. Full article here.

Liz Truss had no mandate for her abrupt change of direction when she became prime minister – except from 81,000 Conservative Party members, a tiny and unrepresentative section of the population. Nor does she have any authority for her U-turns, changing the government’s fundamental stance on taxes and public spending twice in a matter of weeks.

It is a simple and fundamental principle that the government derives its democratic legitimacy from the people. The future of the country must not be decided by plotting and U-turns at Westminster; it must be decided by the people in a general election.

Sign the petition here.


Read back over our Feed the Future coverage so far. Our campaign demands that the government extends free lunches to all children in desperate poverty in England – not just those whose parents earn less than £7400 per year.

Our features marking Black History Month can be viewed here, including contributions from Diane Abbott, Kéllé Bryan, Ayo Akinwolere, Danny Welbeck, Marcus Ryder, DJ Spoony and Judi Love.

Insider October charity of the month

This month, we are proud to feature The Sickle Cell Society.

Set up as a registered charity in 1979, the society was formed by a group of patients, parents and health professionals who were all concerned about the lack of understanding and the inadequacy of treatment for people living with sickle cell disorder.

It provides a helpline, information, resources and mentoring, as well as campaigning. Much of the charity’s work is around supporting children and young people through online and in-person events.

The Sickle Cell Society collaborates with the NHS on screening and runs programmes throughout the UK to help recruit blood donors; particularly donors from the Black community.

If you are interested in finding out more about the work of the Sickle Cell Society, visit

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