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.
Oxford University Labour Club and Oxford Fabians debate Proportional Representation.
Join us at the Labour Party conference for a rally and drinks reception aimed at pushing for Labour to back Proportional Representation.
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.
Buy tickets here for £5 each.
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.
- 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!
Join Make Votes Matter & the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform for this Scottish Labour fringe event to discuss Proportional Representation for Westminster.
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.
- 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).
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:
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!
Make Votes Matter and the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform co-host this exciting, fast-paced rally and reception: Proportional Representation for the next Labour manifesto.
Labour Party Conference attendees are invited to join us for this special event, organised as a collaboration between the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, Make Votes Matter, Compass and the Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
Make Votes Matter will be collaborating with Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform and the Electoral Reform Society for events at this years Lib Dem Party Conference. Watch this space!
A meeting of Cornwall's Labour members to discuss proportional representation, co-hosted by Make Votes Matter and Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform
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!
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.
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!
Join us in Parliament Square for this national demonstration and action summit to demand and plan the end of our rigged, undemocratic voting system - co-hosted with Unlock Democracy.
Until everyone has a vote that counts, until seats match votes, and until governments represent the majority instead of a minority, the UK cannot be said to have real democracy.
Yet First Past the Post denies all of three of these things. In the recent General Election more than 68% of votes were wasted; seats in parliament did not even reflect the votes cast; and we are set to be governed on the basis of a deal between the Conservatives and DUP - who received just 43% of the vote between them. We need Proportional Representation!
Speakers will include:
- Alexandra Runswick, Director, Unlock Democracy
- Ed Straw, writer and former government consultant
- Freddy Vachha, London Regional Chairman for UKIP
- Graham Allen, former Labour MP for Nottingham
- Howard Beckett, Assistant General Secretary, Unite
- Jonathan Reynolds, Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde
- Jon Walsh, Chair, Electoral Reform Society
- Marianne Overton, Leader of the LGA Independent Group
- Neal Lawson, Chair, Compass
- Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
- Ruby Lott-Lavigna, journalist and 50:50 Parliament ambassador
- Sal Brinton, President, Liberal Democrats
- Sian Berry, London Assembly Member, Green Party
- Sophie Walker, Leader, Women's Equality Party
- Zoe Williams, columnist, journalist, and author
This gathering will be a major demonstration to demand fair votes - with high profile speakers from across the political spectrum. It will also be an action summit - bringing together people from across the UK to form a concrete plan to make 2017 the last General Election held under a broken system; to #SaveOurDemocracy.
Like all of our demonstrations, this will be a positive, family-friendly event. We want this to be the biggest rally for democracy the UK has seen since women won the vote - so please invite everyone you know!