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

  • Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield (map)

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.

Earlier Event: April 10
MVM Cotswolds
Later Event: April 11
MVM Blackpool