First London-wide meeting of electoral reform groups

The first London-wide meeting of activists to fight for a "Yes" vote in the AV referendum took place yesterday evening in a crowded room in Bloomsbury.
Guy Aitchison
1 September 2010

The first London-wide meeting of activists to fight for a "Yes" vote in the AV referendum took place yesterday evening in a crowded room in Bloomsbury.

The event, organised by Take Back Parliament alongside Unlock Democracy and the Electoral Reform Society, brought together around 100 people of different ages and political persuasions.

We heard from Andy May, national co-ordinator of TBP, who told us how all the democracy organisations are pulling together in a single joined-up effort across the country with over 20 local groups already self-organising. 

The narrative amongst lazy journalists and bloggers has been that the "No" campaign is much more organised and serious. But Andy informed us that lots of work is being done behind-the-scenes to fight and win the issue in advance of the launch of the formal "Yes" campaign in the coming weeks.

We broke off into small groups, organised by boroughs, to discuss how we will take the issue to the wider public in the months ahead.

I led a discussion of the Camden and Westminster group. With a committed group of volunteers, we are already planning several street stalls and leaflet drops in the area - the other groups are planning similar actions.

If you are in London and keen to get involved, it's definitely not too late to get in touch with your local group.

Wherever you are across the country you can find and join a group in your area through Take Back Parliament's online network.

Read more about the AV referendum in OurKingdom's Referendum Plus section.

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