We invite you to join us for this celebration of the work of activists, organisers and leaders who have taken action to help win real democracy in 2016. This event will be both a Christmas Party and the presentation ceremony for the Democracy Awards 2016.
Elections to the National Assembly for Wales take place under a nominally "proportional" electoral system which, due to some easily-fixable issues, results in election outcomes that in some respects are even less proportional than those conducted under First Past the Post. Join us for this cross-party event, focused on improving the quality of democracy in Wales and the United Kingdom.
Make Votes Matter Co-founder and Facilitator, Klina Jordan, has been invited to speak at an international workshop on electoral reform at the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada. It will be a great opportunity to link up with other national movements that are working to build better democracies, and further Klina's work in the Global Alliance for Real Democracy, a group that she created earlier this year - the aim is to strengthen the all the national movements by sharing information, resources and giving mutual support. For more information about the event and participants see the event listing.
[As travel costs could not be offered, and Make Votes Matter cannot afford the expense, Klina has been doing a personal fundraiser to try to cover her travel costs. The Make Votes Matter Crowdfunder will not be used to cover the costs of this event.]
CANCELLED: Cynrchiolaeth Gyfrannol i Gymru? / Democracy in Wales: The Path to Proportional Representation
Join Make Votes Matter at the Eisteddfod, held this year in Abergavenny, for a public discussion of democracy and Proportional Representation in Wales and the UK, featuring leading cross-party figures.
Klina Jordan will give an update about the national, cross-party campaign for Proportional Representation and facilitate a discussion about how best to take action together locally to contribute to the grassroots movement for PR.
Make Votes Matter activists will be running a stall at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival this year. The Festival attracts participation from the unions, Labour and progressive politics in general.
Is our current election system, which is wasting half of all votes and creates an unrepresentative Parliament, still fit for a multiparty society?
Join for this event in Richmond to hear from an expert speaker, take part in the debate, and get involved in local and national action to win a fair democracy in the UK.
SPEAKER: Darren Hughes, Electoral Reform Society
Facebook event page available here.
On Saturday 7th May we will be holding a Demo for Democracy in Old Palace Yard, across the road from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. On the anniversary of the most disproportionate election in British history we will unite to call for all voters to be fairly represented in our Parliament and for the establishment of genuine democracy in the UK.
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There will be speakers from across the political spectrum, live music, creative actions and lots of fun! Speakers include:
George Aylett, Young Labour National Committee
Natalie Bennett, Leader, Green Party
Baroness Sal Brinton, President, Liberal Democrats
Diane James MEP, UK Independence Party
Owen Jones, Commentator & Activist
Stewart McDonald MP, Scottish National Party
Cllr Marianne Overton MBE, Leader of the LGA Independent Group
Alex Runswick, Director, Unlock Democracy
John Strafford, Vice Chairman, Conservative Action for Electoral Reform
Owen Winter MYP, Spokesperson, Make Votes Matter
Phil Cooper will be performing his music live on stage, with a very relevant message, then an opportunity to dance for democracy!
Like our last demo in July 2015, this will be a family-friendly day to call for change in a manner fitting to the inclusive, cooperative political system we are going to build.
This will be the first annual #MakeSeatsMatchVotes Day, which we will mark each year until we make every vote matter!
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Make Votes Matter
Fed up with getting a majority government supported by only a quarter of the electorate? Would you like to see a fairer electoral system, where you can vote for what you believe in and the outcome reflects people’s votes? Do you think there is too much power in London? Should we continue to have an un-elected House of Lords?
Come and discuss what is right or wrong with the system by which we are governed and how we might change it, with speakers from Lancaster University, the Electoral Reform Society, Make Votes Matter, Campaign for the North and MP for Lancaster, Cat Smith.
- Professor David Denver, Lancaster University
- Rob Telford, Electoral Reform Society
- Harold Elletson, Chairman of Campaign for the North
- Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
- Klina Jordan, Make Votes Matter
Refreshments available after the discussion. All welcome. Register to let the organisers know you are coming, or just turn up.
The Cambridge Electoral Reform Group (CERG), in collaboration with ProPR, organised this excellent conference to discuss strategies for achieving electoral reform.
Daniel Zeichner (MP for Cambridge, Labour), Pete Mills (Unlock Democracy), Julian Huppert (former MP for Cambridge, Liberal Democrats), Eve Steadman (CERG), Tom Pratt & Klina Jordan (Make Votes Matter), Lord Balf (Conservative), Rupert Read (Green Party), Cliff Grout (ProPR).
Make Votes Matter held the PR Alliance Building Conference in Westminster. Politicians from seven parties came together to form an alliance to introduce PR by 2021. Speakers like Chuka Umunna and Natalie Bennett made impassioned cases for changing to a fair, democratic voting system. It was a great day, and although there are huge challenges ahead, there was a sense of real optimism that the time is now and real commitment to seeing through the reforms we badly need.
Photos: Nick Hooper
The event saw significant national press coverage, including the following articles:
The Great Gathering for Voting Reform - in July 2015 - was the first major public rally for a electoral reform since the Alternative Vote Referendum of 2011. Around 1000 people gathered outside Parliament to listen to speakers from across the political spectrum.
Jonathan Arnott MEP (North East England, UKIP), George Aylett (2015 Parliamentary candidate, Labour Party), Sian Berry (Prospective London Mayoral candidate, Green Party), Tom Brake MP (Carshalton and Wallington, Liberal Democrats), Darren Hughes (Deputy Chief Executive, Electoral Reform Society), Alexandra Runswick (Director, Unlock Democracy), Peter Tatchell (Political campaigner, Peter Tatchell Foundation), Owen Winter MYP (Member for Youth Parliament for Cornwall, Independent), John Strafford (Conservatives for Electoral Reform).