Action Day & Christmas Party!
Dec
16
12:00 PM12:00

Action Day & Christmas Party!

This year we're sending a special Christmas card to Jeremy Corbyn, asking him to support Proportional Representation. By presenting the Labour Leader with a card signed by thousands of voters, we can put PR on his agenda as we move into 2018.

Action Day: 12:00pm - 3:00pm 

The people every MP really has to listen to are their own constituents. That's why we're holding an Action Day in Jeremy Corbyn's Islington North constituency to sign up as many local voters to the Christmas card as we can.

Join us on this festive Saturday afternoon of campaigning to help run one of our street stalls placed across the constituency. No experience or expertise is necessary - it will be a fun way to get a taste for campaigning for fair votes! Please click below to let us know you're coming.

If you can't get to London but are keen to be involved, we'd be happy to support action where you live - just get in touch. Click here to download a sign-up sheet you can print off, ask people to sign and send to us for addition to the Christmas card.

Christmas Party: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Immediately after the Action Day, we're holding the Make Votes Matter Christmas Party at nearby Hargrave Hall (see map below), with drinks and nibbles provided. Local group activists and members of our national team will be there to share their experiences from the year and campaign plans for 2018. Hope you can join us!

 
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MVM Cornwall
Dec
20
7:30 PM19:30

MVM Cornwall

  • Railway Tarvern, Station Rd, Truro TR1 3HH (map)
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Join MVM Cornwall for their December meeting, including a Christmas themed mock election under different voting systems! 

Next year marks the centenary of the extension of the voting franchise to some women and all men, yet most people in the UK still don't have a vote that matters. Join this meeting to get involved in the campaign and make 2018 the year the tide turns for British democracy!
 

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MVM North London
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

MVM North London

  • Muswell Hill Quaker Meeting House, 77 Church Crescent, London, W10 3NS (map)
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We’re now in the sign of Sagittarius, the archer on horseback looking back over his shoulder at the year that is now gone.How did MVM North London do in 2017? Are we moving in the right direction?

Come along and give your input at our next meeting Tuesday 12th December 7-9pm at Muswell Hill Quaker Meeting House, 77 Church Crescent, London W10 3NS.

Saturday, December 16th MVM are holding a Fun event in Jeremy Corbyns Islington North constituency when we’ll be sending JC a Christmas Card signed by loads of his constituents who support PR. There’ll be street stalls on the day to organise it, followed by an Xmas party in the evening! More details to follow.

Finally, a bit of a laugh, just watch this short clip: from the Parliamentary debate, with thanks to Mark of MVM East London, the newest London MVM group.

Hope to see you at the meeting!

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MVM Keighley
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

MVM Keighley

  • Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley BD21 3JD (map)
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This meeting is open to everyone in and around Keighley who wants to get involved in the campaign for Proportional Representation.

Only once since 1970 has Keighley been represented by an MP who received a majority of votes - leaving thousands of voters unrepresented. Join the campaign to demand a Parliament that genuinely reflects the people!

MVM national staff will be joining the meeting to let attendees know how they can get to work to make real democracy in the UK a reality. We hope you can make it!

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North London Roadshow!
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

North London Roadshow!

  • Outside The Spires, 111 High St, Barnet EN5 5XY (map)
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MVM North London will be hitting the streets to talk to the community about fair votes, this time in High Barnet. Meet outside the Spires shopping centre to help run the stall, talk to the public about PR, and sign-up new supporters. Or if you happen to be in the area, drop by, say hello and pick up an Make Votes Matter badge!

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MVM East London
Nov
28
6:30 PM18:30

MVM East London

  • White Hart Brew Pub (Upstairs), 1 Mile End Road, E1 4TP (map)
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Join the second meeting of Make Votes Matter East London! At the meeting, there will be an update on the strategy agreed at the Alliance Building Conference in Parliament last month, and discussion about how to implement this at a local level.

In other news there is now an MVM Slack group for social media co-ordination, please let me or local@makevotesmatter.org know if you would like to join.

And finally, if you want a good laugh, watch this clip: https://youtu.be/OGAAJVAuIV4 from the Parliamentary debate on PR.

Hope to see you on the 28th!

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MVM West London
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

MVM West London

  • Ho-ja, 39 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8QQ (map)
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Come along to connect, share, & learn, and to help plan our local actions. Food & drink are available to order at the counter at this relaxed meeting venue. Your friends, neighbours, & various other contacts - of all political leanings & none - are very welcome to attend too.

This snapshot of greater West London MPs summarises their stances on Proportional Representation. If you have any emails, tweets, news articles, FB posts, etc. that can help update this list, please send them by reply.

As you may know, securing the Labour party's commitment to PR is a major aim of our national campaign. You can get your thoughts percolating on our local strategy options for Labour here. And you might also appreciate reflecting on Conservative arguments in favour of PR here.

For those of you on Twitter, please do follow & invite others to follow @mvmwestlondon.

Together, let's bring Proportional Representation to the House of Commons!

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MVM Stroud
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

MVM Stroud

  • Ale House, 9 John Street, Stroud, GL5 2HA (map)
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We’d like to invite people in and around Stroud to the second meeting of MVM Stroud. This will take place in the room at the back of the Ale House in Stroud at 7:30 pm on Thursday 16th November. People of all parties and none who want Proportional Representation are very welcome. The aim will be to formulate ideas for our next actions, and to gather volunteers to carry these out. It would be really useful if some Labour Party members were able to attend, as the Labour Party is absolutely key to the campaign for fairer votes.Come and find out - or help decide - what the next steps are in the Stroud campaign for Proportional Representation.

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Make Votes Matter in Hastings
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Make Votes Matter in Hastings

  • 5 South Terrace, Hastings TN34 1SA (map)
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All are welcome for this meeting in Hastings of the local campaign for Proportional Representation. Join the campaign to ensure that the next General Election is the last held under the broken First Past the Post system and not under Proportional Representation.

In GE2017 68% of votes had no impact on the result. First Past the Post continues to distort parliament in a way that polarises politics and marginalises voters.

But in this parliament we also have a once in a generation opportunity to change to Proportional Representation... if we get to work now! Klina Jordan, Co-founder and Facilitator of the national Make Votes Matter campaign will join the meeting and explain how you can help win real democracy in the UK.

This meeting is open to everyone in or around Hastings and Rye, from all parties and none, who wants to get involved in the campaign for Proportional Representation. Come along and bring your ideas and enthusiasm!

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MVM Cornwall
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

MVM Cornwall

  • Railway Tarvern, Station Rd, Truro TR1 3HH (map)
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Join us at the Railway Tarvern in Truro for the next meeting of MVM Cornwall. Come along and get involved in the local campaign for fair votes. Newcomers are very welcome. It would be great to see you there on Wednesday 15th November.

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MVM Chippenham
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

MVM Chippenham

  • The Brunel, 54 New Road, Chippenham, SN15 (map)
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All welcome for Make Votes Matter Chippenham's monthly meeting. On the agenda for Tuesday:

  • Wash up following MVM Chippenham's debate FPTP v PR held 26th October.
  • What next for Make Votes Matter Chippenham? Activists already have plenty of ideas so come along, give us your ideas, thoughts and Make Votes Matter!
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MVM North London
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

MVM North London

  • Muswell Hill Quaker Meeting House, 77 Church Crescent, London, N10 3NE (map)
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All welcome for the monthly meeting of Make Votes Matter North London. On the agenda for this meeting:

  • National campaign updates from October: Alliance Building Conference and Parliamentary debate

  • Plans for 2018: mass lobbying of north London MPs and more.
  • Next North London MVM Roadshow!

Come along and get involved in the campaign!

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North West Labour regional conference fringe
Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

North West Labour regional conference fringe

Labour Party members are invited to join us for this fringe event, co-hosted with the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.

Speakers will include Margaret Greenwood MP, Stephen Twigg MP, Julie Ward MEP and Joe Sousek (LCER & MVM). Chaired by Mary Southcott (LCER). 

You will need a conference pass to attend. See conference programme for the room listing. We will also be running an exhibition stand for the duration of the conference.

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Parliamentary debate of Proportional Representation: the petition to Make Votes Matter
Oct
30
4:30 PM16:30

Parliamentary debate of Proportional Representation: the petition to Make Votes Matter

  • Westminster Hall, House of Commons, London (map)
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On Monday 30th October, Parliament will debate whether to make votes matter. This is the result of our petition for Proportional Representation, thanks to the hard work of dozens of parties and organisations, and over 100,000 signatories. The debate can be watched live on Parliament.tv.

Please note that no Bill is being put forward and no vote on legislation will take place. We will win PR, just not quite as early as 30th October!

Click here to read about how the debate was secured and lobby your MP to speak in favour of PR. 

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Chippenham Debate: Is our electoral system fit for the 21st Century?
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Chippenham Debate: Is our electoral system fit for the 21st Century?

Join Make Votes Matter Chippenham for this public debate on the state of British democracy! Is our First Past the Post voting system fit for purpose, or is Proportional Representation desperately needed?

Hear both sides of the argument from prominent speakers, and put your questions to them:

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Speaking for Proportional Representation

  • Darren Hughes, Chief Exec of the Electoral Reform Society & former New Zealand MP & Minister
  • Helen Belcher, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Chippenham

Speaking for First Past the Post

  • Chris Evans, Labour MP for Islwyn
  • Plus a Conservative speaker... if we can find one who is willing to accept the challenge!

With 68% of votes wasted in the last General Election and Parliament debating electoral reform on 30th October, this is a current and pressing issue. Join us on 26th October to get involved in the debate.

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MVM East London
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

MVM East London

  • Husk Coffee & Creative Space, 649 - 651 Commerical Road, London, E14 7LW (map)
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This meeting is open to everyone in East London who wants to get involved in the campaign for Proportional Representation.

There was no General Election in East London. Despite 2017 seeing the highest voter volatility - in terms of voters switching parties - since 1931 not a single East London constituency changed hands. Come and help to create a democracy in which votes matter and parliament reflects the people.

MVM national staff will be joining the meeting to let attendees know how they can get to work to make real democracy in the UK a reality. We hope you can make it!

Not a single constituency changed hands in East London, despite the highest voter volatility since 1931.

Not a single constituency changed hands in East London, despite the highest voter volatility since 1931.

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MVM Stroud
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

MVM Stroud

  • Centre for Science and Art, 13 Lansdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB (map)
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This meeting is open to everyone in the Stroud constituency and surrounding area who wants to get involved in the campaign for Proportional Representation.

Despite the constituency changing hands three times in twenty years, it's not since 1987 that an MP for Stroud received a majority of votes. The constituency is a microcosm of the zig-zagging politics of First Past the Post - with small changes in the vote leading to dramatically different results, and most voters not getting what they voted for. The time has come for change.

Local activists have invited MVM national staff to speak about the campaign and how people can get involved in the local area. We hope you can join us.

stroud poster.jpg
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MVM Cornwall
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

MVM Cornwall

  • Railway Inn, Station Rd, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3HH (map)
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All welcome for the second meeting of Make Votes Matter Cornwall! Following the inaugural meeting last month, activist are planning how to push for real democracy.

Every one of Cornwall's six MPs belong to a party that got just 48% of the vote across the county. This meeting is for people who want to take action for a democracy that fairly reflects the voters.

Come along, bring your ideas and enthusiasm, and get involved.

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MVM West London
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

MVM West London

  • Ho-ja, Shepherd's Bush, 39 Goldhawk Road, W12 8QQ (map)
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Tired of minority rule? Fed up with tactical voting? Sick of wasted votes? Had enough of apathy, disengagement, & scapegoating all blighting the people & politics of the UK?

Time to kick FPTP to the curb & bring in Proportional Representation for UK general elections - to Make Votes Matter for everyone across the four nations.

So roll up, roll up West Londoners far & wide! From Westminster, Kensington, & Fulham... to Hammersmith, Ealing & Harrow... to Uxbridge, Ruislip, & Harlington... and anyone else besides!

Come grab a drink (& even a bite) in Shepherd's Bush - to connect & plan with others who want to see fair votes become the new normal. Let's get MVM rolling in West London! Please RSVP so we know you're coming, or sign up to the local group mailing list below.

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MVM Chippenham
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

MVM Chippenham

  • The Brunel, 54 New Road, Chippenham, SN15 (map)
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It's the last MVM Chippenham meeting before the major public debate on 26th October, and the big focus is on promoting the event and making sure it runs smoothly on the night. We'll also be looking ahead to how we can campaign for fair votes in the coming months.

This comes a few days before parliament debates the petition to make votes matter, and following a major Alliance Building Conference to kick-start the campaign for Proportional Representation in this parliament. 

Join us at the Brunel on Tuesday and get active about transforming our democracy so all of us have a real voice in Parliament. 

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MVM South West London
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

MVM South West London

  • The Old Ship, 3 King Street, Richmond Upon Thames, TW9 1ND (map)
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Time to catch up on where PR are on the radar after party conference season. What progress has been made; where will we go next? We will talk about action around the MVM petition will be discussed in house of Commons on 30th October, local plans, and the national campaign.

Come along and help create the change we so desperately need!

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MVM Taunton meeting & street stall
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

MVM Taunton meeting & street stall

  • Cosy Club, Hunts Court, Corporation St, Taunton, TA1 4AJ (map)
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Make Votes Matter Taunton are holding a meeting on the morning of Saturday 14th October, to be followed by a street stall out on the High Street. 

Click the button below to contact the organisers, or just show up on the day!

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Electoral Reform and Voter Engagement
Oct
11
5:30 PM17:30

Electoral Reform and Voter Engagement

  • Council Chamber, Bristol City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR (map)
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Join us in Bristol City Hall for this special event as part of Local Democracy Week. Co-founders of Make Votes Matter and Bristol locals Klina Jordan and Joe Sousek will give a talk about how reforming the voting system can bring democracy closer to home.

The talk will focus on how First Past the Post severs electoral outcomes from the votes we cast, disengages voters from the democratic process, and even leads to poorer decision-making and outcomes. Proportional Representation, on the other hand, gives every vote real value and leads to policy reflecting the preferences of the people.

Following the event we'll invite attendees for a drink and an informal discussion about how to secure this vital advancement to democracy in the UK.

 

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Corsham street stall (MVM Chippenham)
Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Corsham street stall (MVM Chippenham)

  • Outside Corsham Book Shop, 16 Martingate, High St, Corsham SN13 0HL (map)
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Make Votes Matter Chippenham are holding street stall in Corsham to promote their public debate, to raise a petition for their local MP to support PR at the upcoming parliamentary debate, and to talk to the public about why we need fair votes.

Click the button below to contact the organisers, or just show up on the day!

The stall will set up in the pedestrianized area next to Corsham Book Shop.

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MVM at the Manchester march
Oct
1
11:30 AM11:30

MVM at the Manchester march

  • Beaufort Street Manchester, England, M3 4AG United Kingdom (map)
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A contingent from Make Votes Matter will be in attendance in Manchester on Sunday.  We'll be protesting the Conservative manifesto pledge to extend the use of the undemocratic First Past the Post voting system within the UK.

We'll also be leafleting and speaking to all the other diverse groups and organisations represented at the demonstration to make sure people know that the underlying problem with British politics is our unrepresentative parliament.

Join Issy at 11:30am on the side of Beaufort Street, next to the Roman Fort. Look for the MVM t-shirt!

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Muswell Hill Roadshow
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Muswell Hill Roadshow

  • Muswell Hill Quaker Meeting House, Church Crescent, London, N10 3NE (map)
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Make Votes Matter North London are running a stall at the Muswell Hill Quakers Meeting House open day as part of their 2017 roadshow, talking to the public about why we need Proportional Representation to make the UK a real democracy!

Click the button below if you'd like to volunteer to help run the stall, or just drop by, say hello, and pick up a Make Votes Matter badge.

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