A Better, Fairer, More Inclusive Democracy

Democracy

“What would it involve? And How Can We Get It?”


Thursday 19 May at 7.00pm

Priory Rooms, Bull Street (off Corporation Street) Birmingham B4 6AF

Speakers:
  • Nan Sloane, Director of the Centre for Women and Democracy.
  • Tom Pratt, Chairman of Unlock Democracy.
  • Tony Wright, former MP and Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee.
  • Chair: Andrew Coulson, Birmingham Fabian Society.
Followed by:
  • Workshops and discussion– with reports to feed into a Fabian Society research project on Democratic Reform

Joint meeting with Birmingham Fabian Society and Unlock Democracy Birmingham invite you to presentations and discussion on building ‘A Better, Fairer, More Inclusive Democracy’.

Nan will put the issues in context, and show why we cannot go on as we are. Our system of democracy is producing parliaments which do not properly represent gender, race, political parties, or age – and we still depend on a House of Lords which is not elected at all.

Tom will summarise some of the conclusions of a joint Unlock Democracy/ West Midlands Politics of Networks workshop in November last year, which produced a series of practical recommendations. He will also look at the local context – for example there is no sign of imagination in the electoral system being proposed for the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Tony will put the discussions in a wider context, but also try and turn them into practical politics in the situation in which we in the UK find ourselves now.

Entrance free to members of Birmingham Fabian Society or Unlock Democracy Birmingham – for others donations to defray costs will be extremely welcome.