Re-imagine Democracy – Towards a Citizen’s Convention on the Constitution

Jointly called by Assemblies for Democracy and Occupy Democracy at the Runnymede Festival for Democracy on the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.


Saturday, 14 November 2015 from 10:45 to 16:30
Waterloo Action Centre
Baylis Road, SE1 7AA

John McDonnell MP, Labour shadow chancellor
Natalie Bennett, leader Green Party
John Hendy QC, Institute of Employment Rights
Liz Davies, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers executive
Stuart White, openDemocracy
plus speakers from Occupy Democracy and others

A hunger for democratic change is sweeping the UK, expressed in last year’s independence referendum in Scotland and in the wave of enthusiasm for renewal generated by Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning campaign.

But Britain’s piecemeal constitution is broken beyond repair. We live under a vanishing democracy subverted by corporate power. The state has abolished a range of human and social rights and now they’re coming for the trade unions.

So we need a new constitution as a framework for a real democracy. A Citizens Convention on the Constitution is a first step on the road to bringing power closer to the people.

Break-outs on:

  • How can we address our democratic deficit?
  • Austerity as an issue of democracy
  • Beyond the “dis-united kingdom” – federalism, independence & other models
  • Republicanism: a way forward?
  • Human/trade union rights and democracy
  • The European Union and democracy – are they compatible?
  • Beyond representation: direct/participatory democracy

Jointly called by Assemblies for Democracy and Occupy Democracy.

Supported by Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Unlock Democracy, Involve, Agreement of the People, Republican Socialist Alliance, A World to Win, NatCAN and others.

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