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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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Chippenham Debate: Is our electoral system fit for the 21st Century?
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

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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MVM at the Manchester march
Oct
1
11:30 AM11:30

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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Rally for Proportional Representation
Aug
19
12:30 PM12:30

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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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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