Call to form citizens’ convention alliance

Assemblies for Democracy in London has called for the creation of an alliance for a citizens’ convention on the constitution. It has invited a number of organisations, political parties and campaigns to meet in Parliament in October.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell at an Assemblies for Democracy meeting in Parliament

We have already had a positive response from the signatories of our letter published in the Guardian last year, Time for a new UK Citizen’s Constitution.

The purpose of this meeting is twofold:

i) to share the extensive work our group has accomplished through regular meetings since 2014 in scoping out strategies and processes for the creation of a citizens’ constitutional convention.

ii) to begin explorations towards the creation of a broad alliance of equal partners that would be sufficiently strong to instigate a movement for a new constitution developed and drafted by the citizens of the UK themselves.

With constitutional issues relating to Brexit, questions over the future of Scotland and Northern Ireland, the legitimacy of our electoral systems and the feelings of powerlessness highlighted by events such as the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the time is right for a deeply inclusive conversation on how the people of these isles wish to constitute themselves.