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Let's make UK elections work, to improve UK politics

Support

This campaign and website has been researched and developed on a volunteer basis, without funding or income.  The site is also free of advertising.

In 2015 we have shown the level of public interest for a positive campaign about using votes and protest votes to improve UK politics: 

Over 20k Facebook Likes for one page.

Over 142k separate visits in six weeks.

Over 46k separate visits on election day.

If you agree this offers a way to help revitalise our democracy and improve UK politics, please contribute.  Even small amounts will help us do more, and help us to help others, to make this a national campaign.

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About

The information and argument has been researched and written by Simon Pardoe, with support and reviews from Alan Golding, Sherilyn MacGregor and other friends and colleagues.

The idea came from the experience of campaigning door to door for an election immediately after the MPs expenses scandal:

"Faced with the overwhelming public anger at UK politics, and determination not to vote, I found myself suggesting people Vote NONE as the only potential form of participation.

Surprisingly, it shifted those conversations from anger about UK politicians to a shared concern about how to revitalise UK democracy and improve UK politics.

I realised that whereas not voting can be an end to thinking and engagement, the option to Vote NONE can re-engage people in thinking about politics and democracy.  Suddenly there’s no reason to be silent, and every reason to think about what to do."
 

SP specialises in the communication of research and ideas.  As PublicSpace.ac.uk he works independently with university research teams to help to communi­cate research that has potential societal, economic or environ­mental benefit.  Recent projects have included a different approach to public engagement on energy saving, and the potential of computer-based modelling to reduce animal testing.

He has worked in further and higher education, business start-up training, prison education, social research, and public engagement and consultation.

Technical

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The website was produced in HTML5 and CSS using [Brackets] free online software.  It is based on an original design by Gareth Dennison.  It is designed to be accessible, and all coding by us is W3C Validator approved.

We welcome feedback.  If you encounter a technical problem that is not simply caused by an old browser, please tell us.  Thank you.

Why be silent?   Vote for a candidate who you trust to work hard for things you believe in, or vote NONE in protest.