Thursday, 26 March 2015


I've signed @MDUK_News #Manifesto4Muscle pledges for #GE2015 supporting people affected by muscle-wasting conditions

Regards Adrian Windisch

Dear Mr Windisch,

Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Manifesto for Muscle – sign up to our six pledges to fight muscle-wasting conditions

I am writing on behalf of patients and families living with muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions in your constituency to ask for your support for Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Manifesto for Muscle: Six steps to fight muscle-wasting conditions in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales attached with this email. Please also find attached a template press release for you to accompany a pledge of support for the Manifesto for Muscle.

At least 1 in every 1000 children and adults are affected by muscle-wasting conditions in your constituency. Muscular dystrophy and related neuromuscular conditions cause muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increased disability. This can affect muscles in the limbs, as well as the muscles of the heart and lungs, sometimes significantly shortening life-expectancy. With few exceptions, there are currently no effective treatments or cures available.

Muscular Dystrophy UK, together with patients and families, are asking candidates all over the country to join the fight against muscle-wasting conditions, not only to allow people to live as independently as possible, but also to improve quality of life and enable fast access to potential treatments.

At Muscular Dystrophy UK we are asking candidates to pledge their support to families affected by muscle-wasting conditions ahead of the general election this May. Our Manifesto for Muscle includes six steps that we hope candidates will want to get behind, in order to give better support to their prospective constituents.

We are asking candidates to sign up to the following six pledges:

  1. Press for streamlined drug approvals and funding processes, to ensure that innovative new medicines can reach patients without delay. In 2014 a new treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Translarna, highlighted the need for streamlining the process to make new drugs available in the UK as quickly as possible.
  2. Attend a meeting of your local Muscle Group to discuss living with muscle-wasting conditions, and back improvements that are needed in local services. Muscle Groups are support and information groups through which local people can share advice and information on local support, and meet others affected by these rare conditions.
  3. Join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Muscular Dystrophy. The group meets four times a year, raises awareness of muscle-wasting conditions in Parliament and conducts in-depth inquiries on access to services, treatments and specialist care and support.
  4. Meet with Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Trailblazers (a group of young campaigners) in our local area and join the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People run by the Trailblazers network.
  5. Work to promote greater understanding of muscle-wasting conditions among welfare, housing and equipment providers. Often people with muscular dystrophy do not receive the support they are entitled to because service providers don’t understand these rare conditions.
  6. Meet with health authorities in the local area to discuss what action they are taking to improve services for constituents living with muscle-wasting conditions.

After signing up to the manifesto, if you are on Twitter you may want to tweet the following:

I've signed @MDUK_News #Manifesto4Muscle pledges for #GE2015 supporting people affected by muscle-wasting conditions

Thank you for your support and I look forward to hearing from you.


Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Mayfair Tax Loophole

I have signed the petition to close the Mayfair loophole. I would vote to close it if I become an MP. 

 The #mayfairloophole needs closing 
Petition … 
Adrian Windisch, Green Party candidate for Wokingham 

This was the email I responded to. 

Dear Rt Hon John Redwood,

The Mayfair loophole needs to be be closed - it’s unfair that private equity bosses are allowed to dodge up to £700m of tax a year because of a deal with the government.

Will you vote to close the Mayfair loophole - by voting for amendment 3 in today’s Finance Bill? It's being tabled by Caroline Lucas MP. If the vote happens, please explain to me how you voted.

I'm sending this email to the other MP candidates for this area, to find out how they'd vote if they had the chance.

Here’s the report into the loophole, for more information:

Monday, 23 March 2015

Vote For Nature

This was my response to the campaign 

Nature helps provide the very air we breathe. It would be wonderful to cover the constituency in trees, for the benefit of future generations. 

I planted four trees in my garden this month. I would work with volunteers and schools, looking to find suitable spaces to plant more trees. 

Also I will protect the woods we have now, particularly the ancient woodland. I support the woodland trust, who campaign on this.


Friday, 20 March 2015

Internet Surveillance

"The Green Party of England and Wales believes that illegal mass surveillance must be opposed. The Green Party will campaign against such surveillance and will act to protect whistle blowers such as Snowden who oppose illegal intrusion by the state." 

I agree with you, judges need to make the decision a not police or politicians. 

And I agree the intelligence services need better oversight. 

Regards Adrian Windisch

Mr Adrian Windisch 

I am concerned about the current internet surveillance regime in the UK and would like to see a strong commitment from your party in its election manifesto that covers at least these points:

1. to ensure that surveillance powers are targeted, necessary and proportionate
2. to increase judicial authorisation over surveillance
3. to improve oversight of the intelligence agencies

Yours sincerely

A Stitch In Time

I support the "a stitch in time" campaign so no child has to reach crisis point before they are offered help. 

Regards Adrian Windisch

Dear Mr Windisch,

I’m writing to ask you to support ‘A Stitch in Time’ – the campaign from Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, and the NSPCC calling for the next Government to prioritise early support so that no child has to reach crisis point before they are offered help.

Most problems that families and children face do not occur overnight, but emerge gradually – yet if they’re not dealt with they can end up costing our public services billions of pounds each year:

• An unemployed young man with no qualifications is likely to have skipped school when he was a child.
• A mother neglecting her home and children may have developed depression after setbacks such as a difficult pregnancy, redundancy, or a relationship breakdown.
• A young woman left homeless after leaving care has had no family to teach her basic life skills, such as budgeting to afford rent.

The experience of these charities, who support children, teenagers and families day in day out, shows problems could have been prevented, with much less effort and expenditure, at an earlier stage in the person’s life. Watch this video to understand more.

I'd like to see a change in approach. Responsible government must invest in support and services that prevent problems before they start, to improve the lives of children and families and save money for taxpayers in the long run.

If elected, please use your position in Parliament to call for: 
1. Five year spending plans to give more stability for children and family services - Making five year funding commitments from one election to the next would allow the Government, local councils, and other service providers to make longer-term plans, and mean children could stick with the same support staff as they grow old.
2. Community budgets to help your local funding work harder Community Budgets allow providers of public services to pool their budgets.This reduces waste and makes it easier to work together to help children.
3. More accountability over spending on early support - The best way to ensure the Government prioritises early support is greater scrutiny. An annual progress report should be presented and scrutinised by Parliament.
4. A shift of public money towards early intervention - There is so much evidence that acting early avoids expensive crises that it only makes sense to invest a bigger slice of our public money in early support.

As one of your potential constituents, I hope you will prioritise early support for children if you are elected. If you would like to hear more about how early support can prevent children falling into crisis and the work of the four children's charities please email

I would also be keen to hear your views.
Thank you for your time,

Best wishes

Planting Trees And Protecting Woods

I agree trees and woods are part of the solution, they help provide the very air we breathe. It would be wonderful to cover the constituency in trees, for the benefit of future generations. 

I panted four trees in my garden this month, I did the same in my previous house. I would work with volunteers and schools, looking to find suitable spaces to plant more trees. 

Also I will protect the woods we have now, particularly the ancient woodland. I support the woodland trust, who campaign on this. 

Regards Adrian Windisch

Mr Adrian Windisch 

Dear Mr Windisch,

I believe trees and woods should be part of the solution to many of the major challenges facing the nation because of the sheer number, and variety, of benefits they bring to society. 

As a prospective MP, you have both a responsibility to stand up for woods and trees in Wokingham and across the UK and an opportunity to use them as a resource for tackling a range of issues – from improving air quality and reducing flood risk, to making better places for people to live, work and play.  

Please tell me about your plans, should you be elected to parliament, for expanding woodland cover, while working to protect our precious ancient woods and trees from the relentless threats of major infrastructure projects and tree disease. 

Thank you, I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Stop Fracking

Frack free pledge on behalf of both Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. 

Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth oppose fracking and we would like to give you the opportunity to speak up on this important matter. Together we've just launched the Frack Free Promise -- a statement that prospective parliamentary candidates can sign on to in the run up to the election.

It's easy to take part. Simply click the link below to tell us if you agree with the following:

“If my constituency is at risk of fracking, I will oppose it. If my constituency is not at risk, I will oppose fracking nationwide.”

Yes - I’d like to sign the Frack Free Promise

Within the next few days, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth will launch a new website to show which election candidates have signed the Frack Free Promise. If you've signed before the website is published, people in your constituency will be able to see your response. If you feel unable to commit to the Frack Free Promise, you should expect to receive further emails from Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth supporters in your constituency, seeking to encourage you to sign.

If you've any further questions or would like to know more about the Frack Free Promise, there's an FAQs page on our website Or alternatively please reply to this email and I'll be more than happy to get back to you.

Thanks and good luck with your election campaign.