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Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

Real Democracy Now a chance for Proportional Representation in 2019?

Come to our 2019 Liberal Democrat Fringe event! Join Baroness Sal Brinton, Wera Hobhouse MP, Lord Paul Tyler and Angela Smith MP to hear how the current political turbulence affects the movement for Proportional Representation, and why we wouldn’t be in this mess if we’d had it all along!

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Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival
Jul
20
to Jul 21

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.

This will be our third year at Tolpuddle. Previously, we have had the opportunity to talk to lots of the festival-goers and found many of them had a real appetite for reform - and 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 find out more about our work with the trade union movement.

Caroline will be there Saturday and Sunday with guest appearances from MVM Dorset and Mary Southcott from the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform on Sunday.

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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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Black Votes Matter
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Black Votes Matter

  • West Indian Cultural Centre, 9 Clarendon Road, London N8 0DD (map)
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Join us for a lively discussion exploring how the current voting system disadvantages minorities, and what can be done to improve that.

Prominent speakers include journalist Gary Younge (The Guardian), Dr Wanda Wyporska (Executive Director Equality Trust), Comr Olalekan Odedeyi (grassroots activist and founding member of Tees Valley Labour BME forum) and Justina Cruickshank (Vice-Chair of the Electoral Reform Society and member of the LCER executive committee).

Together with Make Votes Matter, our panel will help us consider:

  • What's the problem with the current ‘First Past the Post’ voting system?

  • Does the manner of political debate resonate with people from minorities? If not, what puts people off?

  • How can we empower Black communities to increase their political voice? Would a Proportional Representation (PR) system help achieve this?

  • Does PR give extremists more political power - what are the facts?



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2018 Democracy Awards
Dec
11
4:45 PM16:45

2018 Democracy Awards

  • Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, 1 Parliament St, Westminster, London SW1A 2JR (map)
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We’re delighted to be convening the 2018 Democracy Awards in Parliament, hosted by Tommy Sheppard MP. The Democracy Awards presents us an opportunity to recognise and honour committed activists fighting to introduce Proportional Representation for the House of Commons.

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After Brexit: What Future Democracy for England?
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

After Brexit: What Future Democracy for England?

  • Malmesbury Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury SN16 9BZ (map)
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Make Votes Matter co-founder and co-facilitator Klina Jordan will address the issues of democracy and accountability in England in the wake of the Brexit referendum at this event in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

A line-up of eight other speakers will join Klina at the event on Saturday 9th June. They include representatives of some Alliance organisations. See the official website for full details.

Buy tickets here for £5 each.

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Proportional Representation: Democracy for the many
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

Proportional Representation: Democracy for the many

  • Lecture Theatre 1, Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RU (map)
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Make Votes Matter and the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform present this special fringe event at the Labour North Regional Conference.

Join a great line up of speakers for an interactive discussion about the UK's democratic system, and how electoral reform can and must be key pledge of Labour's next manifesto.

Speakers include:

  • Helen Goodman MP
  • Mary Southcott (Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform)
  • Benj Eckford (LCER & MVM)

Pick up a free copy of MVM & LCER's joint report on entry!

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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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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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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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