Natalie Bennett Speaks at Totnes Meeting on The Progressive Alliance

31 July 2016

Natalie Bennett at Totnes meeting

Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, led the debate and discussions at this week’s public meeting in Totnes Civic Hall hosted by the South Devon Green Party. Over 250 people attended this extraordinary exploratory meeting Reclaim Democracy – Options for a Progressive Alliance with members of the Green party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The panel, which was chaired by Andy Rowell (environmental campaigner, author and journalist from South Brent), included Cllr Julian Brazil from the Liberal Democrats and Suzy Browning as a local voice for Labour.

The speakers and the audience were enthusiasticly in favour of cross party negotiations to work together on solutions that will lead us to improve democratic representation in government. The solutions proposed included measures that would enable election candidates to go forward who could represent the Progressive Alliance; this would be on the basis that these candidates once elected would seek to vote in a Proportional Representation (PR) system for future elections, a system seen as far more representative and democratic than our existing system.

 

Natalie Bennett proposed a road map to take these ideas forward, suggesting that the parties get together to agree a People’s Constitutional Electoral Constitution that would be established by 2018 (noting that this will be a century following when women got the vote), to form the basis for a Progressive Alliance built on local and national relationships between the parties.

The discussions and questions from the audience were very clearly in favour of politics moving away from a confrontational model with celebrity style leadership, replacing this with politicians who work as a team, genuinely listening to each other and to voters. The Brexit vote was discussed as being a clear message from many people in the UK who have felt disenfranchised and not listened to for decades. There was a clear wish from all the panel speakers for a fairer electoral system in the UK that would make more responsible decisions on the economy, the environment and benefit all sectors of society.

To take this further, the Chairman called a straw poll of the audience to indicate if they would like further discussions and a follow-up meeting on this topic, the response was clearly in favour. In the meantime it was agreed to set up a Progressive Alliance Facebook page for people to exchange views and ideas.

audience votes on continuing to develop the progressive alliance idea for totnes

 

 

Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, led the debate and discussions at this week’s public meeting in Totnes Civic Hall hosted by the South Devon Green Party. Over 250 people attended this extraordinary exploratory meeting Reclaim Democracy – Options for a Progressive Alliance with members of the Green party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The panel, which was chaired by Andy Rowell (environmental campaigner, author and journalist from South Brent), included Cllr Julian Brazil from the Liberal Democrats and Suzy Browning as a local voice for Labour.  
 
The speakers and the audience were enthusiasticly in favour of cross party negotiations to work together on solutions that will lead us to improve democratic representation in government.  The solutions proposed included measures that would enable election candidates to go forward who could represent the Progressive Alliance;  this would be on the basis that these candidates once elected would seek to vote in a Proportional Representation (PR) system for future elections, a system seen as far more representative and democratic than our existing system.
 
Natalie Bennett proposed a road map to take these ideas forward, suggesting that the parties get together to agree a People’s Constitutional Electoral Constitution that would be established by 2018 (noting that this will be a century following when women got the vote), to form the basis for a Progressive Alliance built on local and national relationships between the parties.
 
The discussions and questions from the audience were very clearly in favour of politics moving away from a confrontational model with celebrity style leadership, replacing this with politicians who work as a team, genuinely listening to each other and to voters.  The Brexit vote was discussed as being a clear message from many people in the UK who have felt disenfranchised and not listened to for decades. There was a clear wish from all the panel speakers for a fairer electoral system in the UK that would make more responsible decisions on the economy, the environment and benefit all sectors of society.
 
To take this further, the Chairman called a straw poll of the audience to indicate if they would like further discussions and a follow-up meeting on this topic, the response was clearly in favour.  In the meantime it was agreed to set up a Progressive Alliance Facebook page for people to exchange views and ideas.