This high-profile national event is your opportunity to hear from some of the key politicians, commentators and campaigners who are influencing the shape of British democracy, including:
- Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP - Chief Secretary to The Treasury
- David Babbs - Executive Director, 38 Degrees
- Angela Eagle MP - Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
- Professor Nicola McEwen - Co-Director, Institute of Governance, The University of Edinburgh
- Owen Jones - Author, 'Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class'
- Nan Sloane - Director, Centre for Women & Democracy
- Fiona Booth - Chief Executive, The Hansard Society
- Campbell Robb - Chief Executive, Shelter
- and many others
The Electoral Reform Society 2012 conference will explore the range of political and constitutional changes taking place locally and nationally over the next 18 months – examining the government's plans for House of Lords reform, forthcoming MP recall laws, greater use of local referenda, new policing and crime commissioners, the introduction of a lobbying register, and more; exploring how organisations at every level can take advantage of these changes to achieve policy influence and campaign success; and considering what more we still need to do to ensure the strongest possible levels of democracy and public involvement in politics.
As well as reshaping our democracy and processes, these reforms will significantly affect how we make policy, promote campaigns, and influence the decision-making process on a day-to-day basis.
This timely conference will explore the impact of these changes for all those involved in politics, policy-making and campaigns; assessing the practical impact, and considering how organisations can most effectively use these new structures and approaches.
It will examine:
- The next stages of the government's plans for constitutional reform.
- The impact of the coalition's "localism" agenda on decision-making and accountability.
- Using local referendums, e-petitions and the proposed new 'public reading stage' for bills to pursue your cause locally and nationally.
- The "Do's and Don'ts" of ethical lobbying: preparing for the new statutory register of lobbyists.
- How we can achieve a more diverse parliament, that reflects people from all backgrounds and represents 21st century UK.
- Explore the range of constitutional reforms still to come, including trials of all-postal primaries to select election candidates, changes to voter registration, examining party funding, the impact of boundary changes, and more.
- Prospects for changing the voting system locally and nationally.
- Best-practice case studies on reinvigorating your organisation's own internal democracy – ensuring your activists, members and service users are fully involved in your work.
It is a must-attend for all those working in policy, communications, public affairs or campaigns, as well as everyone with an interest in Britain's political system and democracy.