End of May Briefing 2019

Next week the House of Commons is back from its Recess.  That day, Tuesday 4 June, there are two events you might be interested in if you are in London or Norwich. 


Tuesday 4 June, at 7 pm until 8.30 pm, there is a Make Votes Matter/Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform Speakers’ Training with Joe Sousek and Maria Iacovou. This will be held at St George’s Works, 51 Colegate, Norwich.  You can see the details here: https://www.makevotesmatter.org.uk/local-meetings/labour-norwich-workshop.  If you are free and living in Norfolk, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire, you might think of signing up to attend. 


Also on Tuesday 4 June, 7.30 – 9.30, there is a meeting of Momentum in Hammersmith & Fulham, West London, with Billy Hayes, Richard Kuper and Mary Southcott as speakers.  This meeting is readvertised at its new venue, Upper Room, Princess Victoria Pub, 217 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 9DH.  You can see the details here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D1McuEjHLReUUb15Oi2UIZe8x9u0T2cE/view. Do contact the organiser, Luis Pereira on 07950772831 if you have any questions.  And bring your questions or ideas about recent PR elections in the UK, the next general election, in Australia and Spain and whether Labour should move to adopt an open position on the voting system for the House of Commons – or not! 


On Friday 31 May, our women’s officer and Yorkshire & the Humber Regional Representative, Jane Speller, spoke at Dewsbury Labour Party. 


On Thursday 6 June, 7.30 pm, the Birmingham Solihull & Tamworth Cooperative branch, will hold a meeting on Proportional Representation, Voting Reform, to be held at the Friends of the Earth, 54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham, B5 5TH.  Contact Branch Secretary and elected member of the Coop Party NEC, Chris Bain, on 07989 438967.  Mary Southcott, LCER’s Parliamentary & Political Officer will start a conversation about Labour and our current voting system, with reference to the recent Euro PR elections, Australia and Spain and our own experience of different voting systems in Scotland, Wales and Greater London, the relatives advantages and disadvantages for Labour in adopting voting reform before the next General Election and our policy now of a constitutional convention.    


On 16 June, 2 pm to 6 pm, the Bristol West Labour Party has its Goldney Garden event, Constitution Hill, Clifton. Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform and Make Votes Count has a stall.  If you can help we can get you in free, if not just come and enjoy the music, food, conversations, meeting people from the Bristol Labour Party and their friends.  Contact: https://events.labour.org.uk/event/275657#share-panel


Coming up is the Unison Conference, 18 – 21 June, at the ACC Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP, where Make Votes Count/Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform have a stall, see https://www.unison.org.uk/events/2019-national-delegate-conference/.  If you can help at our stall or are attending as a delegate, just let us know, lcer@labourcampaignforelectoralreform.org.uk


Looking forward there is the Durham Miners’ Gala, the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, the TUC and Labour Conference, the Cooperative Conference in Glasgow.  If you know of events, or you are attending them, and think LCER/MVM should be there, let us know.  Or book a speaker for a meeting of your trade union or Labour Party.  Contact us at lcer@labourcampaignforelectoralreform.org.uk


We have our Speaker’s Cards, Myths & Rebuttals, available, just send us your postal address and we will put them in the post to you. 


We look forward to working with you and you might think of joining LCER so we can continue our work.


Your branch or constituency can join LCER too, you can submit a resolution to Conference or make a submission to the National Policy Forum.  And here is someone who had submitted his own resolution which you can like, here: https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/commissions/labour-and-proportional-representation


Our new LCER website will be launched soon so watch this space.



And Radio 4 seems to be worried about democracy and there are two radio programmes you might like to catch up with: David Runciman’s three party series on Rethinking Representation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005f8w.  Also the 2019 Reith Lectures have Jonathan Sumption examining the relationship between the law and politics, see https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00057m8



You can read the Electoral Reform’s latest report by Jess Garland, Westminster beyond Brexit: Ending the Politics of Division here:



Mary Southcott

Parliamentary & Political Officer

0117 924 5139

077 125 11931


John Doolan

LCER Administrative Coordinator  

07584 934 552


John Doolan