Interns reveal what it's like to work at Make Votes Matter

Interns reveal what it's like to work at Make Votes Matter

Over the summer, Daniel Johnson worked at MVM HQ in Bristol as our resident intern.

Here, Daniel reflects on the experience and highlights some of his favourite projects he worked on. And as Daniel returns to university in Manchester, we have welcomed our latest intern to the team. Barthélemy Desprairies, aka Barth, travelled from Strasbourg in France to join us.

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NEW REPORT - Peterloo 200: The path to Proportional Representation

NEW REPORT - Peterloo 200: The path to Proportional Representation

Peterloo 200: The path to Proportional Representation draws on evidence from academics to make the case that the democratic inequality caused by First Past the Post has created in the UK one of the most unequal societies anywhere in the developed world. It is increasingly clear that Proportional Representation is not only more democratic, but it is essential for creating an equal society that can rise to the challenges of the 21st century.

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Commemorate the Peterloo Massacre - and be the first to receive our latest report

Commemorate the Peterloo Massacre - and be the first to receive our latest report

This year marks the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre: a crucial event in Britain’s difficult path to democracy that is often woefully under-acknowledged. To commemorate the event, Make Votes Matter is launching a new report and taking part in a series of events where we will make the case that in memory of those who died at Peterloo, we must continue the fight for a better democracy in the 21st Century.

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Demand Democracy Day 2019

Demand Democracy Day 2019

On 6th July Make Votes Matter held our second Demand Democracy Day. This national day of action had nearly 100 stalls across the country and sent out a resounding call for reform of our electoral system. A huge thank you to all our volunteers who helped make the day such a success!

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'Together, we can build a crescendo of pressure', says MVM's Grassroots Leader ahead of Demand Democracy Day

'Together, we can build a crescendo of pressure', says MVM's Grassroots Leader ahead of Demand Democracy Day

Emma Knaggs joined Make Votes Matter in June as our Grassroots Leader. Here, she explains what’s coming up in the movement for PR and how you can get involved and make a difference.

Make Votes Matter has a growing network of dedicated volunteers and local groups across the country, from Cornwall to Norwich to Berwick-upon-Tweed. Hundreds of people are getting involved and we’d like to invite you to join them! 

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European elections and the collapse of the two party system

European elections and the collapse of the two party system

The European election results and a series of ever more astonishing opinion polls are providing growing evidence that voters no longer welcome the protected duopoly of British politics. And projections of how First Past the Post might translate these votes into seats is revealing the true nature of our democratic system: irrational, contemptuous, even dangerous.

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The wonderful volunteers behind the movement for PR!

The wonderful volunteers behind the movement for PR!

June 1st to 7th marks National Volunteers’ Week. To help celebrate the wonderful contributions that Make Votes Matter volunteers make, here’s a spotlight on three key supporters.

We know there are are thousands upon thousands of you out there and so from everyone in the team at MVM, thank you for everything you are doing. You are the beating heart of the organisation and we couldn’t do this without you!

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Parliament debates Proportional Representation

Parliament debates Proportional Representation

On Tuesday 23rd April in Westminster Hall, MPs had the opportunity to debate whether to adopt Proportional Representation.

It’s eighteen months since this last happened - when Make Votes Matter’s parliamentary petition attracted more than 100,000 signatures and secured a parliamentary debate. A lot has changed since then, with the alleged arguments for First Past the Post looking more discredited by the day - and this was reflected in Westminster Hall.

Here’s what we learned…

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'Devastating' new report demolishes case for First Past the Post

'Devastating' new report demolishes case for First Past the Post

On the very day that MPs debated Proportional Representation, a new report by the Constitution Society provided a devastating account of First Past the Post on its own terms.

In meticulous detail, it documents how our voting system no longer delivers the benefits its advocates say that it once did. Instead, First Past the Post is actively driving the UK towards “fragmented, unstable, and incoherent” politics, empowering relatively extreme voices, and propping up a two-party system that no longer bares any relation to British society.

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Appetite for PR ‘ravenous’ at first Movement Building Days

Appetite for PR ‘ravenous’ at first Movement Building Days

It’s clear from the current chaos in British politics, whatever your stance on Brexit might be, that the appetite for change is ravenous. That’s the message I took away from people attending our first Movement Building Days on how to win PR in Harrogate and Bristol. People just like me who are hungry to bring about change through campaigning for a fairer electoral system.

With two such events under our belts, and more on the horizon thanks to suggestions of other towns and cities to visit, the whole team were extremely encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by everyone who entered into the spirit of both training days with such aplomb.

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Making Votes Matter – The First Step in Re-Imagining Politics

Making Votes Matter – The First Step in Re-Imagining Politics

A guest blog by Bruce Nixon, author, speaker, blogger and activist (pictured).

In the 21st Century, I believe we need a completely different political leadership model.

Until now, much of human history has been about building empires and nations fighting each other for power and resources. The British Empire, backed by a huge navy, was the most successful example. We were the best at war. Now collaboration needs to be the name of the game.

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