Make YOUR Votes Matter
Jun
22
7:30 pm19:30

Make YOUR Votes Matter

  • Neeld Hall, High Street, Chippenham

This public event - organised by Make Votes Matter Chippenham - will be a debate between speakers in favour of the current First Past the Post voting system pitted against proponents of a form of Proportional Representation. Further details to follow!

 
#SaveOurDemocracy
Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

#SaveOurDemocracy

  • Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London

Join us outside Parliament for this national demonstration and action summit to demand and plan the end of our rigged, undemocratic voting system.

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 2015, 74% of votes did not count; seats in parliament did not even vaguely reflect the votes; and a majority government was handed total power on 37% of the vote. We need Proportional Representation!

(Or sign up to attend on Facebook)

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!

 

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

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

  • The Red House, 22 Millbay Road, Plymouth, PL1 3EG

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.

 
The Cambridge Commons: Mayoral election hustings on inequality
Apr
25
6:30 pm18:30

The Cambridge Commons: Mayoral election hustings on inequality

  • Friends Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

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.

MVM North London Roadshow!
Apr
22
11:00 am11:00

MVM North London Roadshow!

  • (In front of) Wood Green Central library, Wood Green High Road, London

MVM North London are running the third installment of their Roadshow - this time as part of the national action day Come along and show your support for the campaign, pick up a badge, and find out how you can get involved locally! 

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

MVM Taunton: Street stall & meeting!

  • Cosy Club, Corporation Street, Taunton

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!

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

MVM South West London Mobile Tour!

  • Twickenham Station, Twickenham, London

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!

 
Apr
19
7:00 pm19:00

[POSTPONED] MVM Dorset

  • East Cliff United Reform Church, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8AW

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!

 
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

South Potteries Branch

Ken Ritchie of the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform will speak to South Potteries branch of Stoke South CLP about the case for Proportional Representation in the Labour Party. You must be a member of the Labour Party to attend - get in touch with the organiser for full details.

The future of UK democracy: Can we achieve electoral reform?
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

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

  • Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton BN1 1YD, UK

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. 

 
MVM North London
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

MVM North London

  • Friends Meeting House, Church Crescent, London, N10 3NE

Come and join this meeting of Make Votes Matter North London, following the successful first outing of the Roadshow and meeting with Catherine West MP last month! All supporters are welcome to attend.

 
MVM Blackpool
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

MVM Blackpool

  • Brun Grove Workingmens Club, 1 Brun Grove, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6PG

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!

 
How should we be governed? PR & designing a new democracy
Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

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

  • Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield

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.

 
MVM Cotswolds
Apr
10
7:00 pm19:00

MVM Cotswolds

  • The Denman Room, The Crown Pub, 17 West Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NH United Kingdom

Join MVM Cotswolds to make plans for lobbying a local MP and planning for their upcoming event.

New people are very welcome, so do come along if you're interested in getting involved or just finding out more.

 
Labour for PR Speaker Workshop
Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

Labour for PR Speaker Workshop

  • 28 Clifton Wood Road, Bristol, BS8 4TW

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.

MVM South West London
Apr
4
7:30 pm19:30

MVM South West London

  • The Olde Ship, 3 King Street, Richmond, TW9 1ND

Join this meeting of Make Votes Matter South West London to debrief from their successful event last month - jointly organised with Compass - and to plan the next phase of campaigning in the area.

All welcome, from all parties and none. Hope you can make it!

 
MVM Chippenham
Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

MVM Chippenham

  • The Brunel (Function Room), New Road, Chippenham, SN15 1ES,

Join MVM Chippenham to get involved in the campaign! They will be making plans for a public debate - taking place in June.

New people are very welcome, so do come along if you're interested in getting involved or just finding out more!

 
Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

MVM Exeter

  • (Northernhay room) Exeter Community Centre, 17 St. Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 3RG

Join us for the first meeting of Make Votes Matter Exeter. We'll be planning a local campaign for PR in the House of Commons as numerous local groups appear across the South West of England.

Come along to hear what is being done elsewhere and to share your ideas about how we can win real democracy in Exeter.

 
Proportional Representation and the Global Alliance for Real Democracy
Mar
31
11:00 am11:00

Proportional Representation and the Global Alliance for Real Democracy

  • Room 12, ACC Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP

If you're attending the Global Greens Conference in Liverpool, join us for this special session! Presentations by leaders from around the world about Proportional Representation and building better democracy, with discussion, interactive workshops and electoral refun!

Speakers include:

  • Elizabeth May MP, Leader, Green Party of Canada

  • Suresh Nautiyal, VP, Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (India)

  • Ricky Adachi, International Secretary, Greens Japan

  • Juon Kim, Leader, Korean Greens

  • Metiria Turei MP, Co-Leader, Green Party of New Zealand

  • Liaquat Ali Shaikh, Chairperson, Pakistan Green Party

  • Natalie Bennett, Former Leader, Green Party England & Wales

  • Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party US 2016 Presidential Candidate

Convenor: Klina Jordan, Facilitator & Co-Founder, Make Votes Matter, UK.

Many countries that use winner-take-all voting systems have major campaigns to move to PR. Not only is PR more democratic, but - as we will explore - it leads to better policies, fairer societies, and better guardianship of the environment. In countries stuck with antiquated electoral systems, a move to PR would mean taking control of the most fundamental tool we have to influence politics: the vote.

The Global Alliance for Real Democracy (GARD) includes Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Rwanda, South Korea, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. It is the beginning of an alliance to mutually support national campaigns for better democracy. In this session we will hear from some of the member countries’ campaigns, successes and learnings. A workshop will follow to share best practices and find ways to support each other's’ parallel campaigns around the globe to achieve our goals.

MVM Islington
Mar
28
7:00 pm19:00

MVM Islington

  • 1 Hargrave Road, London, N19 5SH

Join MVM Islington for their group meeting! At the last meeting, plans were made to get the issue into the local press, build support among local councilors, and engage with the public. 

All welcome - please let the organiser know you're coming!

 
Mar
27
7:00 pm19:00

MVM Bristol

  • YHA Bristol (Conference Room), 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol

Join us for the first meeting of Make Votes Matter Bristol. We'll be joined by MVM organiser Klina Jordan - and will be planning a local campaign for PR in the House of Commons as numerous local groups appear across the South West of England.

Come along to hear what is being done elsewhere and to share your ideas about how we can win real democracy in Bristol.

 
Mar
25
9:30 am09:30

Owen Winter speaking at: Progressive Alliance for Cornwall

  • County hall, Treyew road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3AY

On Saturday 25th March, Owen Winter - Member of Youth Parliament and spokesperson for Make Votes Matter - will be speaking at an event organised by Progressive Alliance for Cornwall in Truro.

Whereas there has been much discussion of an alliance of "progressive" parties, Make Votes Matter believes that instead all parties and people who want Proportional Representation should work together to achieve this outcome.

 
MVM Tyneside
Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

MVM Tyneside

  • Broadacre House, Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ

Come along for the first meeting of Make Votes Matter Newcastle. With people organising local campaigns for Proportional Representation in the House of Commons across the country, it's an exciting and really important time to take action.

One of Make Votes Matter's national team will be attending to speak about the campaign, about why we need PR, and about how we can get it. People of all parties and none are welcome. 

 
MVM Hereford
Mar
20
7:30 pm19:30

MVM Hereford

  • De Koffie Pot, Bridge Street, Hereford, Herefordshire

This is the first official meeting of Make Votes Matter Hereford, following the successful Big Green Conversation event at The Left Bank Village in January. It will be an opportunity to come up with ideas for how to campaign locally.

Saturday 22nd April - a national day of local action. Planning what we are going to do on this day will be high on the agenda at the meeting. 

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

 
Alliances on the Left? West & South West London
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Alliances on the Left? West & South West London

  • Richmond Unitarian Church, Ormond Road, London, TW10 6TH

West London Compass are collaborating with Make Votes Matter South West London to organise an event in Richmond.

Speakers include: Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party; Vince Cable, ex MP for Twickenham; an unconfirmed Labour speaker; and non-party speakers including Klina Jordan from Make Votes Matter; Frances Foley from Compass; and Peter Macfadyen, Independent from Frome and author of Flat Pack Democracy.

The event will include discussion of the mooted Progressive Alliance in the West London area. However, Klina Jordan - facilitator for Make Votes Matter - will be there making the case that democracy must come first; that progressive and non-progressive parties alike must cooperate on the single issue of electoral reform if we are to succeed in getting a properly functioning democratic system, and all the things that rely on this.

The event will be a mixture of talks and group discussions.

 
MVM North London - with Catherine West MP
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

MVM North London - with Catherine West MP

  • Friends Meeting House, Church Crescent, London, N10 3NE

Catherine West - Labour MP for Hornsey and Wood Green - will join this meeting of Make Votes Matter North London to discuss her position on Proportional Representation. All supporters are welcome to attend - particularly Hornsey & Wood Green constituents!

The meeting will also be an opportunity to debrief on the first street stall of the MVM North London Roadshow - taking place the previous weekend!

 
MVM Swindon
Mar
13
7:30 pm19:30

MVM Swindon

  • The Savoy, 38-40 Regent St, Swindon, SN1 1JL

Make Votes Matter Swindon is meeting to plan a street stall and other campaign activity in the local area, as part of the nation-wide campaign. With the Parliamentary petition rapidly approaching 100,000 signatures, and people from all parties and none organising concrete action to get real democracy, there could be no better time to get involved. Come along to find out more! 

 
North London Roadshow!
Mar
11
11:00 am11:00

North London Roadshow!

  • Outside the Town Hall, The Broadway, Crouch End, N8 9JJ

MVM North London will be on the street talking to the local community about democracy on 11th March on the first day of the North London Roadshow! Drop by, say hello, and pick up a Make Votes Matter badge!

 
Bradford-on-Avon Street Stall!
Mar
11
10:00 am10:00

Bradford-on-Avon Street Stall!

  • Bradford-on-Avon

MVM Chippenham will be on the street in Bradford-on-Avon talking to the local community about democracy and the need for Proportional Representation! Drop by, say hello, and pick up a Make Votes Matter badge!