Democracy for the many, not just the few: Labour and PR
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Democracy for the many, not just the few: Labour and PR

  • Richmond & Putney Unitarian Church, Ormond Road, Richmond, TW10 6TH (map)
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Make Votes Matter South West London and Compass are bringing together Labour Party members, supporters and others on the political 'left' from west and south west London to discuss the best path to win Proportional Representation. Join us to hear speakers from across the Labour Party and share your views on the way forward.

Speakers include:

  • Ruth Cadbury - MP for Brentford and Isleworth
  • Chris Willliamson - MP for Derby North
  • Frances Foley - Compass
  • Joe Sousek - Make Votes Matter and Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform
  • Katherine Dunne - Labour PPC for Twickenham in 2017, councillor in Hounslow

A recent report jointly written by Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform and Make Votes Matter will be available or can be downloaded online: The Many Not The Few: Proportional Representation & Labour in the 21st Century (PDF).

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MVM Bournemouth
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

MVM Bournemouth

  • Cricketers Arms, 41 Windham Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 4RN (map)
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***Please take note of the new meeting venue***

It's 100 years since women won the vote for the first time, yet most people in the UK still don't have a vote that matters. Fortunately, we now have the popular demand, the political context and the plan to finally win fair votes.

We can make this happen by taking simple, effective actions everywhere across the country. But to happen everywhere, it has to happen in Bournemouth!

Those in or around Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch or the New Forest, from all parties and none, are welcome to join us to plan action for fair votes. Hope to see you there!

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Calderdale Compass group launch
Mar
24
1:30 PM13:30

Calderdale Compass group launch

  • Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BY (map)
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MVM's Klina Jordan will join a panel including Lisa Nandy MP and Compass's Frances Foley for the launch of the Calderdale Compass group, which believes that democratic reform will be an essential part of creating long term, progressive change!

100 years after some women won the right to vote, we are still a long way from equal representation in parliament, and the UK lags far behind other countries which have proportional voting systems. Our First Past the Post system was designed centuries ago, and we believe reforms to this system will play a crucial role in gaining equal representation for women and minority groups.

We invite you to Hebden Bridge to find out more about Compass, Make Votes Matter and democratic reform including Proportional Representation.

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Limehouse street stall (MVM East London)
Feb
24
11:00 AM11:00

Limehouse street stall (MVM East London)

  • Limehouse Basin Social Market, Basin Approach, London E14 7LB (map)
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Make Votes Matter East London are holding a street stall on Saturday 24th February to talk to the local community about fair votes in the centenary year of the first votes for women in our country. Join them at the market near Limehouse station, or just drop by to say hello and pick up an MVM badge!

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MVM Cornwall
Feb
21
7:30 PM19:30

MVM Cornwall

  • Railway Tarvern, Station Rd, Truro TR1 3HH (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's 100 years since women won the vote for the first time, yet most people in the UK still don't have a vote that matters. Fortunately, we now have the popular demand, the political context and the plan to finally win fair votes.

We can make this happen by taking simple, effective actions everywhere across the country. But to happen everywhere, it has to happen in Cornwall!

Come along on 21st February!

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MVM North London
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

MVM North London

  • Muswell Hill Quaker Meeting House, 77 Church Crescent, N10 3NE (map)
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Please come along on Tuesday 13th February to meet up with other people in North London who want real democracy and see how you could get involved. We'll be planning the next installment of our roadshow.

This comes on the back of our 24-hour fast, with over 400 people going without food to call for fair votes - attracting media coverage across the UK.

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MVM East London
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

MVM East London

  • White Hart Brew Pub (Upstairs), 1 Mile End Road, E1 4TP (map)
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Please come along on Tuesday 13th February to meet up with other people in East London who want real democracy and see how you could get involved. We'll be planning our next street stall.

This comes on the back of our 24-hour fast, with over 400 people going without food to call for fair votes - attracting media coverage across the UK.

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MVM Cardiff South & Penarth
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

MVM Cardiff South & Penarth

  • Trinity Methodist Church, Stanwell Road, Penarth, CF64 2EX (map)
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It's 100 years since women won the vote for the first time, yet most people in the UK still don't have a vote that matters. Fortunately, we now have the popular demand, the political context and the plan to finally win fair votes.

We can make this happen by taking simple, effective actions everywhere across the country. But to happen everywhere, it has to happen in Cardiff South & Penarth!

Come along on 7th February to meet up with other people who want real democracy in your constituency, hear about the national plan from Joe Sousek (Make Votes Matter), and decide whether you'd like to be involved.

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MVM Bournemouth
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

MVM Bournemouth

  • East Cliff United Reform Church, Holdenhurst Rd, BH8 8AW (map)
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MVM Bournemouth is meeting a hundred years to the day after the Representation of the People Act 1918 became law. The act allowed some women (and more men then ever before) to vote.

If you're in or around Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch or the New Forest, join us to plan for our next democratic milestone!

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MVM Stroud
Jan
30
7:30 PM19:30

MVM Stroud

  • Centre for Science and Art, 13 Lansdown, Stroud GL5 1BB (map)
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Join us at the Centre for Science and Art for our next meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 30th January.

The meeting will be divided into two halves:

First, we’ll learn a bit about three different proportional voting systems: Single Transferable Vote, the Additional Member System and Party List PR. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and build our understanding of what PR means in practice.

Second, we’ll plan our next actions, including possible street stalls and the mass lobby of MPs. Any other ideas you have will be more than welcome! We'll also cover any news from the national Make Votes Matter campaign.

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MVM Chippenham
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

MVM Chippenham

  • The Swan Hotel, 1 Church St, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1LN (map)
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***Please take note of the new meeting venue***

It's 100 years since women won the vote for the first time, yet most people in the UK still don't have a vote that matters. Luckily, we now have the popular demand, the political context and the plan to finally win fair votes.

We can make this happen by taking simple, effective actions everywhere across the country. But to happen everywhere, it has to happen in Chippenham!

Some items on the agenda:

MVM national and local update
Update on Alliance Building Conference
Discuss MVM strategy 10 step plan to 'Lobby your MP' 
Education - going into schools
Growing the local group

Hope you can make it!

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Cambridge Electoral Reform Group
Jan
28
4:00 PM16:00

Cambridge Electoral Reform Group

  • 9 Midwinter Place, Hamilton Road, Cambridge CB4 1BW (map)
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This is the Cambridge Electoral Reform Group's regular meeting for those wanting to achieve electoral reform in the UK. CERG is currently working with MVM North London to get together a package suitable for young adults which could be used in schools and colleges.

Come along and get involved if you live in Cambridge and want fair votes!

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MVM West London
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

MVM West London

  • Ho-ja, 39 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 8QQ (map)
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As you may know, 2018 is a big year of very significant anniversaries for women's suffrage (& men too) in the UK.

MP Tommy Sheppard reminded us all at October's parliamentary debate that Proportional Representation, like women's suffrage, is simply "the right thing to do".

But, as highlighted by MP Clive Lewis to our very own Zack from MVM West London, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is not likely to push for PR until Labour members & supporters call for this change en masse.

And that’s where we all come in!

So join us at our January meeting of MVM West London to connect, share, & learn - and to help plan our further 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.

As described at our last meeting, New Zealand’s path to PR can offer us some valuable lessons on how best to transform & reinforce the official views of our greater West London MPs.

Hoping you've had a restful & rejuvenating festive break, & are ready to bring your enthusiasm & determination to our next meeting.

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

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Enfield street stall (MVM North London)
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Enfield street stall (MVM North London)

  • (opposite Barclays) 20 The Town, Enfield, EN2 6LS (map)
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Make Votes Matter North London are holding a street stall on Saturday 20th January to talk to the local community about fair votes and Proportional Representation in the centenary year of partial suffrage. Join them opposite Barclays bank in Enfield Town, or just drop by to say hello and pick up an MVM badge!

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MVM Cornwall
Jan
17
10:00 AM10:00

MVM Cornwall

  • The Exchange, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, TR10 9EZ (map)
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Make Votes Matter Cornwall are holding a street stall on Wednesday 17th January to talk to the local community about fair votes and Proportional Representation in the centenary year of partial suffrage. Join them at the Exchange on the Penryn Campus of Falmouth and Exeter Universities, or just drop by to say hello and pick up and MVM badge!

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MVM South West London
Jan
15
7:30 PM19:30

MVM South West London

  • The Old Ship, 3 King Street, Richmond Upon Thames TW9 1ND (map)
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Join the first MVM South West London meeting of 2018: the centenary of voting rights for (some) women. This year is all about action, and we need your help to win fair votes!

On the agenda:
1/ Update on MVM progress since October
2/ Preparing for our joint PR event with Compass:
'Labour and Democracy' in Richmond Unitarian Church on Monday 26th February. We have local MP Ruth Cadbury, Neal Lawson from Compass and Joe Sousek from MVM & Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform confirmed with one or two top names in the wings.

We will focus on how proportional representation will benefit Labour and society in general based on the report jointly written with the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform on why PR is in the interests of Labour MPs, activists and voters: The Many Not The Few: Proportional Representation & Labour in the 21st Century.

Help spread the word. If you are a member of Labour or Momentum; please share it at meetings and social media.

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MVM East London
Jan
11
7:00 PM19:00

MVM East London

  • White Hart Brew Pub (Upstairs), 1 Mile End Road, E1 4TP (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's 100 years since women won the vote for the first time, yet most people in the UK still don't have a vote that matters. Fortunately, we now have the popular demand, the political context and the plan to finally win fair votes.

We can make this happen by taking simple, effective actions everywhere across the country. But to happen everywhere, it has to happen in East London!

Come along on 11th January and take part in the national campaign for 2018.

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MVM North London
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

MVM North London

  • Muswell Hill Friends Meeting House, 77 Church Crescent, N10 3NE (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's 100 years since women won the vote for the first time, yet most people in the UK still don't have a vote that matters. Luckily, we now have the popular demand, the political context and the plan to finally win fair votes.

We can make this happen by taking simple, effective actions everywhere across the country. But to happen everywhere, it has to happen in North London!

Join us at at Muswell Hill Friends Meeting House on Tuesday, 9th January to kick off the New Year and win real change.

The nearest tube station is Highgate on the Northern line. Buses 43, 134 pass the door and W7, 102, 299, 234 go to Muswell Hill.

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Make Votes Matter in Bournemouth
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Make Votes Matter in Bournemouth

  • East Cliff URC, Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth, BH8 8AW (map)
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We’d like to invite people in and around Bournemouth and Poole to this Make Votes Matter meeting.

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! Joe Sousek from the national Make Votes Matter campaign will join the meeting and explain how you can help win real democracy in the UK.

The meeting will take place in the East Cliff United Reform Church in Bournemouth at 7.00 pm on Tuesday 9th January. People of all parties and none who want Proportional Representation will be very welcome. The aim will be to formulate ideas for our next actions, and to gather volunteers to carry these out. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Barbara Czoch via b.czoch@gmail.com.

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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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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!

All you need to do is sign up below and turn up at Holloway Road underground station at midday. Look for the Make Votes Matter t-shirts!

Action day meeting point:

 

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!

Christmas Party location:

 
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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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