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A people’s agenda for change

POWER2010's campaign - which generated over 100,000 votes from the British public - has produced a critical checklist of ordinary people's priorities for political change.
Pam Giddy
24 February 2010

POWER2010's campaign - which generated over 100,000 votes from the British public - has produced a critical checklist of ordinary people's priorities for political change.

The most popular proposals that will make up the POWER Pledge are a proportional voting system, the end of ID cards and government data hoarding, an elected House of Lords, English votes on English laws, and a commitment to drawing up a written constitution. 

The next general election looks like being the closest run for many years - where candidates stand on these issues could make a massive difference.

This campaign sends the clearest possible message to the political classes that it is time to listen to the people's demands.

100,000 votes were cast - and we expect many thousands of people across the country to pledge their support before the election.

Some of the ideas that proved popular with the public will surprise many.

In particular a commitment to give MPs representing English constituencies the sole right to agree English laws.

But whether you agree with this or not, there is no denying that it is a real issue that the political classes have ignored for too long.

We've taken the campaign to towns and cities across the country and everywhere heard the same thing: it's time to fix our political system, not fiddle it.

The vote shows that voters CAN make difficult choices about political reform.

People have chosen 5 distinct and important reforms, any or all of which would make a major difference to our political system.

We're going to keep up the pressure until election day to make sure the people who want to represent us in parliament take these results seriously and back our campaign for change. 

Sign the Power Pledge here

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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