Democracy in Wales: the Path to Proportional Representation
5:30 PM17:30

Democracy in Wales: the Path to Proportional Representation

  • Tŷ Hywel, Pierhead St, National Assembly For Wales, Cardiff CF99 1NA (map)
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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.

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Rethinking our democracy : an international perspective on how we can improve our electoral system
1:00 PM13:00

Rethinking our democracy : an international perspective on how we can improve our electoral system

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.]

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The Democratic Deficit
7:30 PM19:30

The Democratic Deficit

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.

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Demo for Democracy
12:00 PM12:00

Demo for Democracy

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.

Non-facebook users can sign up here.

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!

Save the date. Spread the word.

Make Votes Matter

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7:00 PM19:00

Changing the System: Reforming our Democracy (Lancaster)

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.

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10:30 AM10:30

Cambridge Electoral Reform Conference

The Cambridge Electoral Reform Group (CERG), in collaboration with ProPR, organised this excellent conference to discuss strategies for achieving electoral reform.

Speakers included:

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).

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1:00 PM13:00

PR Alliance Building Conference

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.

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1:00 PM13:00

Great Gathering for Voting Reform

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.

Speakers included:

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).

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