Rally for Proportional Representation
Aug
19
12:30pm12:30pm

Rally for Proportional Representation

  • Albert Square Manchester, England, M2 4JW United Kingdom (map)
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Join us for this public rally outside Manchester Town Hall and hear from speakers including the former leader of the Green Party, Natalie Bennett, about how we can build a better democracy. This will be a fun event with the option to dress up and sing along with some reform songs!

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MVM Chippenham
Aug
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

MVM Chippenham

  • The Brunel, 54-55 New Rd, Chippenham SN15 1ES (map)
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MVM Chippenham are meeting on Tuesday to plan the next stage of their campaign for Proportional Representation - including plans for a big event in October.

Joe Sousek from the national campaign will join the meeting and share their plans following GE2017. The election has given us a rare opportunity, and we want to invite everyone who wants real democracy in the UK to take action and change our political system.

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MVM Nottinghamshire
Jul
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

MVM Nottinghamshire

  • the upstairs room at the White Lion, 24 Middle Street, Beeston NG9 1FX (map)
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Join the inaugural meeting of Make Votes Matter Nottinghamshire to help shape the local campaign for Proportional Representation in the House of Commons. A member of MVM's national team will attend to speak about what is happening elsewhere, and what you might do in the local area to help get real democracy.

Everyone welcome, from all parties and none. Come along and bring your ideas and enthusiasm!

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MVM Chippenham
Jul
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

MVM Chippenham

  • The Brunel, 54-55 New Rd, Chippenham SN15 1ES (map)
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The call for PR is growing and as a local group Make Votes Matter Chippenham are putting together a campaign to widen our local profile. We have lots planned for the rest of the year so do please come along and Make Votes Matter. 👍

Look forward to seeing you all there 😊 don't forget to bring your friends and the dog!

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Jul
15
to Jul 16

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

  • Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival (map)
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This weekend Make Votes Matter will be returning to the legendary trade unions summer gathering at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival.

Last year the team joined local activists from MVM Dorset and held a stall in the marquee to talk to the many festival-goers and found many of them had a real appetite for reform - and many others were converted! 

This year we're back, as part of our energetic and impactful campaign to convince Labour to adopt PR. Come along for some fun, sun and campaigning for social justice, and join us at the stall to play the lottery election game - you'll probably lose but don't let that deter you! :)

Klina and Tim will be there with guest appearances from MVM Dorset who'll be leafleting at the event, and Mary Southcott from the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

Join us in the sun for some festival vibes and real democracy!

Join us in the sun for some festival vibes and real democracy!

For more info about the festival click here. Advanced ticket sales have closed but you will be able to buy tickets at the gate.

Hope to see you there!

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Jul
8
11:00am11:00am

MVM North London Roadshow

MVM North London is on a roll, with a great reception to their "roadshow" from local residents. The team will be on the streets again on 8th July, talking to the local community about democracy. The stall will be at the corner of Highgate High St and South Grove.

Drop by, say hello, and pick up a Make Votes Matter badge!

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Jul
8
10:30am10:30am

MVM Taunton

The local campaign for Proportional Representation in Taunton is meeting at the Cosy Club on 8th July to discuss next steps after the General Election and to keep up momentum for electoral reform.

The team will then head out onto the High Street to talk to shoppers and give out leaflets. 

The meeting starts at 10.30am, come along to find out more and get involved!

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#SaveOurDemocracy
Jun
24
2:30pm 2:30pm

#SaveOurDemocracy

  • Parliament Square, Westminster, London (map)
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Join us in Parliament Square for this national demonstration and action summit to demand and plan the end of our rigged, undemocratic voting system - co-hosted with Unlock Democracy.

Until everyone has a vote that counts, until seats match votes, and until governments represent the majority instead of a minority, the UK cannot be said to have real democracy.

Yet First Past the Post denies all of three of these things. In the recent General Election more than 68% of votes were wasted; seats in parliament did not even reflect the votes cast; and we are set to be governed on the basis of a deal between the Conservatives and DUP - who received just 43% of the vote between them. We need Proportional Representation!

Speakers will include: 

  • Alexandra Runswick, Director, Unlock Democracy
  • Ed Straw, writer and former government consultant
  • Freddy Vachha, London Regional Chairman for UKIP
  • Graham Allen, former Labour MP for Nottingham
  • Howard Beckett, Assistant General Secretary, Unite
  • Jonathan Reynolds, Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
  • Jon Walsh, Chair, Electoral Reform Society
  • Marianne Overton, Leader of the LGA Independent Group
  • Neal Lawson, Chair, Compass
  • Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
  • Ruby Lott-Lavigna, journalist and 50:50 Parliament ambassador
  • Sal Brinton, President, Liberal Democrats
  • Sian Berry, London Assembly Member, Green Party
  • Sophie Walker, Leader, Women's Equality Party
  • Zoe Williams, columnist, journalist, and author

This gathering will be a major demonstration to demand fair votes - with high profile speakers from across the political spectrum. It will also be an action summit - bringing together people from across the UK to form a concrete plan to make 2017 the last General Election held under a broken system; to #SaveOurDemocracy.

Like all of our demonstrations, this will be a positive, family-friendly event. We want this to be the biggest rally for democracy the UK has seen since women won the vote - so please invite everyone you know!

 
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MVM North London
Jun
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

MVM North London

  • Muswell Hill Quaker Meeting House, Church Crescent, London N10 3NE (map)
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All welcome for this meeting of Make Votes Matter North London. With another disproportionate General Election, it's more important than ever to campaign for a fair voting system to be brought in at the earliest opportunity.

Come along to discuss the election results, for an update on the national campaign and to plan for #SaveOurDemocracy on Saturday 24th June.

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MVM Chippenham
Jun
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

MVM Chippenham

  • The Brunel, 54-55 New Rd, Chippenham SN15 1ES (map)
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It's more important than ever to change our electoral system - come along to this meeting of Make Votes Matter Chippenham and get involved.

  • National campaign update and rally for Democracy Saturday 24th June
  • Wash up from our highly successful MVM hustings event 
  • Future local campaigning ideas
  • Organisation & Committee

Look forward to seeing you all there 😊 don't forget to bring your friends and the dog!

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Chippenham Hustings
May
30
7:30pm 7:30pm

Chippenham Hustings

  • St Margaret's Hall, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DE (map)
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Join Make Votes Matter Chippenham for their General Election Hustings in Bradford-on-Avon. All three Parliamentary candidates have agreed to attend and answer your questions:

  • Helen Belcher, Liberal Democrats
  • Michelle Donelan, Conservative
  • Andrew Newman, Labour

The meeting will be chaired by Klina Jordan (Make Votes Matter) and will cover all issues of interest to the audience - as well as Proportional Representation!

 
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The Many, Not The Few: Proportional Representation & Labour in the 21st Century
May
13
to May 14

The Many, Not The Few: Proportional Representation & Labour in the 21st Century

  • The Red House, 22 Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3EG (map)
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Join us in Plymouth for the launch of our joint Labour Report - The Many, Not the Fewand an exciting workshop and debate, taking place as part of the The World Transformed's Take Back Control Tour.

Come to this event for a discussion of why we need Proportional Representation, an activist workshop focusing on how we can get it, and the launch of our Labour report, jointly written with the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

Speakers include:

  • Mary Southcott (Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform)
  • Shavanah Taj (PCS Wales Secretary)
  • Owen Winter (Spokesperson for Make Votes Matter)
  • Moderated by Klina Jordan (Make Votes Matter)

The report calls on Labour to commit to PR in its General Election manifesto, setting out why PR is not only more democratic than First Past the Post, but that it is a crucial ingredient for the kind of fair and equal society the Labour Party says it wants to create.

 
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The Cambridge Commons: Mayoral election hustings on inequality
Apr
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Cambridge Commons: Mayoral election hustings on inequality

  • Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA (map)
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The Cambridge Commons are hosting the Mayoral Hustings focused on inequality in what has been called the most unequal city in the UK: Cambridge.

As a key driver of inequality at all levels of society, First Past the Post and winner-takes-all politics must end if we are to move toward a more equal society. Cambridge Electoral Reform Group invites you to attend this event in order to raise or support a call for the mayoral candidates to commit to firm and vocal support for electoral reform.

The evening will also be a great opportunity to discuss the full range of political issues facing Cambridge and the would-be mayors of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

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MVM Taunton: Street stall & meeting!
Apr
22
11:00am11:00am

MVM Taunton: Street stall & meeting!

  • Cosy Club, Corporation Street, Taunton (map)
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MVM Taunton are running a street stall on Taunton High Street on 22nd April. Drop by, say hello, and pick up a Make Votes Matter badge!

The group will be meeting before hand at the Cosy Club, at 11am. If you want to learn more about the group or get involved, feel free to join for this previous meeting or come and pay a visit to the stall!

 
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MVM South West London Mobile Tour!
Apr
22
10:00am10:00am

MVM South West London Mobile Tour!

  • Twickenham Station, Twickenham, London (map)
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As part of the national action day, Make Votes Matter South West London are organising a mobile campaign presence around Richmond and Twickenham - starting at Twickenham station at 10am. Get in touch with the organiser if you would like to join them, as they'll be on the move throughout the morning!

 
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Apr
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

[POSTPONED] MVM Dorset

  • East Cliff United Reform Church, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8AW (map)
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The meeting of MVM Dorset scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to urgent work to prepare for MVM's campaign for the General Election. We will re-schedule the meeting as soon as possible.

Last Summer, organised some great activity around the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. Join us on Wednesday to plan this year's campaigning! This meeting takes place as the movement for PR continues to grow in momentum: on Saturday 22nd April, street stalls are planned for seven locations across the UK! 

Come along and help us campaign for this vital change. The time is now!

 
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The future of UK democracy: Can we achieve electoral reform?
Apr
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

The future of UK democracy: Can we achieve electoral reform?

  • Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton BN1 1YD, UK (map)
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Join us for this discussion on the future of UK democracy and how we can achieve electoral reform - organised by Sussex Progressives.

The discussion will have a 'Question Time' format, please submit your questions via email to info@sussexprogressives.com and they will contact those whose questions are selected. 

As ever, Make Votes Matter will be there making the case that people of all political views must work together in order to introduce PR and real democracy to the UK.

Speakers: 
- Klina Jordan, co-founder of Make Votes Matter
- Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP
- Stephen Kinnock, Labour MP
- Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party. 

The event will be chaired by Frances Foley from Compass.

Admission is free. The event will be held in the main auditorium of the Brighthelm Centre. 

 
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MVM Blackpool
Apr
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

MVM Blackpool

  • Brun Grove Workingmens Club, 1 Brun Grove, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6PG (map)
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Join the inaugural meeting of Make Votes Matter Blackpool to help shape the local campaign for Proportional Representation in the House of Commons. A member of MVM's national team will attend to speak about what is happening elsewhere, and what you might do in the local area to help get real democracy.

Everyone welcome, from all parties and none. Come along and bring your ideas and enthusiasm!

 
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How should we be governed? PR & designing a new democracy
Apr
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

How should we be governed? PR & designing a new democracy

  • Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield (map)
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Join us for this public meeting - organised by Sheffield for Democracy and supported by Make Votes Matter - on the need for Proportional Representation in the UK.

Fair votes, where power should lie, and how citizens can hold it accountable: with questions being raised about how to determine and reflect ‘the will of the people’, what should a modern democratic system look like? And what role should that most basic of all democratic building blocks, proportional voting, play?

We have heard the slogan“Take Back Control” many times over the last twelve months and it clearly has a resonance with many people– a telling reflection on the state of our democracy. Time to up the ante on this most fundamental of concerns. This event is to give us some space to think aloud about how to challenge the multiple democratic deficits we face.

On 10th April, Sheffield for Democracy is hosting an evening, supported by Make Votes Matter, to start this conversation. Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of Liberal Democrat Group on Sheffield City Council, will be joined by academic Chris Kirkland, to share their perspectives. Dr Kirkland is Sheffield based but is now a lecturer at Liverpool University; his research interests are on crises and change in modern British politics. He has published on the 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner Elections and the 2014 by-elections. We are awaiting responses to other invitations to contribute and will keep you informed. We want to see a lively debate – come and have your say.

 
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Labour for PR Speaker Workshop
Apr
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Labour for PR Speaker Workshop

  • 28 Clifton Wood Road, Bristol, BS8 4TW (map)
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This free workshop is the first in a series of workshops designed to equip Labour Party members with everything they need to become adovcates of Proportional Representation within the Labour Party.

Can't make it to Bristol on 8th April? No worries. Click below to tell us where we should hold the next Labour for PR Speaker Workshop.

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