MVM Cornwall
Oct
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

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 Stroud
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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MVM East London
Oct
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

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

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

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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MVM West London
Oct
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
10:00am10:00am

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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
10:00am10:00am

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
11:30am11:30am

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
10:00am10:00am

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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Freshers fair stall at Hereford Sixth Form College
Sep
4
10:00am10:00am

Freshers fair stall at Hereford Sixth Form College

  • Hereford Sixth Form College, Folly Lane, Hereford, HR1 1LU (map)
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Make Votes Matter Hereford are running a stall at the local Sixth Form College freshers fair. If you're a student in Hereford, come along to discuss what's wrong with our democracy and why we need Proportional Representation.

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North Finchley Roadshow
Sep
2
11:00am11:00am

North Finchley Roadshow

  • Outside North Finchley Post Office, 751, High Road, N12 8LF (map)
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MVM North London will be running a street stall in North Finchley as part of their road show. 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.

With at least 6.5 million people forced to vote for someone they didn't really believe in at the last General Election, its high time we got rid of our broken First Past the Post voting system. MVM North Londoners will be talking to the public about why we need Proportional Representation to make the UK a real democracy!

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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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