Candidate

Stephen Curran

Stephen Curran

  • Experienced, successful campaigner over two decades
  • Promoting a fairer voting system for local government
  • Winning twice with STV-PR in Scottish council elections
     
  • Father of three children, living in southside of Glasgow for past sixteen years, studied law to postgraduate level at Dundee University
  • Previous employment in retail, management, IT training, healthcare, Labour Party Organiser role and parliamentary researcher
Kristofer Keane

Kristofer Keane

About Me

I've been involved in politics since I started university. Originally a medical student, I caught the politics bug and ended up switching to Politics, Philosophy and Economics instead.

Since that time, I've campaigned in six sets of elections, the AV referendum, the Scottish independence referendum and countless byelections. I also administer the Vote UK Forum and various websites dedicated to archiving election results (ScottishElections.org.uk, EnglishElections.org.uk, etc.)

Chris Finlayson

Chris Finlayson

I am a 39 year old university lecturer, researching physics at Aberystwyth University. I have a long-standing interest in political and electoral reform, having been an active supporter of the Society’s campaigns of recent years, and a regular contributor to many forums and discussion groups. I do not have present or past affiliation to any political parties.

Polycarp Onkundi

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Karl Gehring

Karl Gehring

I am a strong supporter of the excellent work done by the ERS in promoting proportionality of representation, reform of the funding of political parties and radical reform of the House of Lords.

Although I only joined the Society very recently I have been concerned about these issues for a number of years. There are two issues on which I wuld like to see the work of the Society expanded and strengthened.

William Mackay (Bill)

I was born on the 5th of October 1934 in the village of Golspie, which lies on the east coast of Sutherland in the north of Scotland. My father was the local police sergeant and I was educated at the local High School. Golspie is the largest village in Sutherland and the  High  School  caters for children from small villages who arrive daily by bus and for boys and girls in hostiles who come from outlining villages. In 1950 I sat and passed five Lowers (0 Level). Much to my parents’ wishes I decided on an apprenticeship as a plumber/electrician and left school.

Kevin Coaker

Kevin Coaker

I live in a safe seat. Since the seat was formed in 1983 a Conservative MP has been returned every time. But every General, Council or European election I troop down to my Polling station at the local Church hall. I take my two daughters and extol the virtues of democracy, suffrage and civic responsibility. I still get a real frisson marking my X with the stubby pencil, and putting my ballot paper in the box. But the next day, I examine my local results and realise like millions of others that it has been a total waste of time.

Pierre Caspersz

Having lived and worked in this country for some years, I have an interest in this country’s democratic process, and like to know of ways in which that process is not only protected, but improved, thereby preserving democracy for future generations.

I care very deeply for our democracy; I like to think that those whom we elect share a similar value. However, I have been around long enough to realize that, come an election, politicians will say the ‘right’ things to get elected; once elected, some of us have grown used to being ‘forgotten’ – until the next election.

Danny Zinkus Sutton

Danny Zinkus Sutton

We live in exciting constitutional times. From the excitement of IndyRef, talk of the Northern Powerhouse and the legacy of half- done reform from the last Parliament reform has never been more relevant and a strong vibrant ERS can play a pivotal role in delivering reform for the people of Britain.

Paul Pettinger

Paul Pettinger

Commitment to democratic equality and pluralism

Having served on the ERS Council for two years, I am more convinced than ever that we need to unpick the strangle hold on our democracy of narrow interests and big money. The incremental impact from a better working democracy will be a huge gift to future generations.

Ken Ritchie

Ken Ritchie

I was Chief Executive of the Society from 1997 to 2010, a period that saw the Jenkins Commission, PR for the devolved assemblies and European elections and, of course, the Society's successful campaign for STV for local government in Scotland.

It was a period of growth in our activities, with important work on voting methods, candidate selection, Lords reform and votes at 16, and it was the Society that led the coalition that persuaded the then government to commit it self to a referendum.

I am also

KEITH SHARP

Keith Sharp

The return of a single party, anti-reform Government means our next five-year priority is to build an unstoppable groundswell for electoral reform. It's now unrealistic to expect breakthrough change before 2020, but the underlying political and social situation is volatile and shifting. We have numerous positives:

 

Clare Coatman

Clare Coatman

I moved to London after leaving school in Sheffield. I have worked in professional campaigns for seven years, both in large national organisations and small short-term projects. My roles relating to democratic reform include National Coordinator for High Visibility with Yes to Fairer Votes, Head of Operations for Power2010 and Participation Manager for the Convention on Modern Liberty.

JACK CARRINGTON

Jack Carrington

Why I am Standing

The 2011 referendum was my first ever act of actual Political activism, and I joined the ER5 in its aftermath.
Four years of subscription later, I want to make along-term and far more substantial contribution to the society.

Like my fellow candidates, I believe I can best do this as a member of its council.

My Priorities for the ERS

The ERS has long history, and a very strong reputation to retain (or regain, depending on your cynicism).  Its choices are important.

Rob Telford

Rob Telford

  • Former Green Party national spokesperson for democratic reform (2013-2015)
  • Deputy Leader candidate for the Green Party of England and Wales, 2014
  • Current Green Party group leader on Bristol City Council (2015-) and elected councillor for Ashley ward, Bristol (2013-)
Sara Hyde

Sara Hyde

Passionately promoting and pursuing a truly representative democracy.

Never have we needed the Electoral Reform Society more. The last year has abundantly demonstrated that. What now?

Jane Cotton

Jane Cotton

My name is Jane Cotton and I live in Giggleswick, Settle, North Yorkshire. I am 62yrs old and a change in family circumstances has allowed me to return to my home county having spent the previous 25yrs in NE Scotland.  I also now have the unlooked for luxury of not having to undertake full time employment. I am single, with a grown-up son and am lucky enough to be in good health.

Jonathan Dearth

Jonathan Dearth

Passionate about, & committed to, Electoral Reform for the UK

These Council elections come at potentially one of the lowest points for those of us who are devoted to electoral reform.

The missed opportunity of the referendum in 2011 and now the lack of a coalition government, where negotiation on reform could have been back on the agenda to some extent – can make you feel that we could be at least a generation away from the change that all of us in the Electoral Reform Society wants.

Lisa French

Lisa French

Nearly 500,000 people signed petitions calling for voting reform in the week following the recent election. It gave me heart that large numbers of people are outraged about the state of our electoral system, and I have renewed energy for campaigning.

I am concerned about the level of political apathy in the UK, and this is what drives me to campaign to change our unrepresentative electoral system. People cannot get engaged with politics when so many live in safe seats where their vote does not count. We need to work together with people from across the political spectrum.

Junade Ali

Junade Ali

vote.junade.com
mjsa@junade.com

 

Experienced in reform, business and digital campaigns.

Like all of us, I am passionate about the pursuit of building a more democratic society and I am fundamentally of the view that the current system does little to help us achieve that goal. After receiving my first pay packet as a teenage apprentice, I seized the chance and joined the Society.

Deborah W.A. Foulkes

Deborah Foulkes

Please excuse my temerity in candidating for the Council already, despite having only  just  joined. Under normal circumstances I would not dream of applying for office to such a renowned body before having become accustomed to its traditions. The current legislative situation is exceptional, however, and one in which I have acquired some expertise, being myself directly affected by and having campaigned on it.

Amy Dodd

Amy Dodd

Why vote for me... 

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Recent form: I have 15 years experience as a Managing Director of two very successful marketing agencies.

For the past four years I have been building new commercial agency enterprise: psLIVE Global. In a short space of time, we have achieved a top 15 in-sector position by billing, an enviable reputation and significant year on year growth in a very competitive sector.

In this business I have been focused on combining data and insight to deliver engaging creative marketing campaigns to drive commercial success.

I am commercial and creative

Alistair Bassett

Alistair Bassett

Hello. My name is Alistair Bassett, I am 17 and I believe that we need a fairer, more representative electoral system. I lost out threefold during the election. Firstly I am 17 so wasn't able to vote, lost out by 6 months, wont be able to vote in a general (if the parliament lasts 5 years) election until I'm 22 out of university and working - that isn't right and we need to pressure those in power for votes at 16. As well as putting pressure on the government to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote on the future of the European union. Secondly I am at a loss by the boundaries.

Ron Wotherspoon

Ron Wotherspoon

I have spent my adult life involved in various political activities; one consistent theme has been a firm belief that our electoral system must be reformed to one that actually reflects the wishes of the electorate rather than the arcane and corrosive game that we have traditionally tolerated in the name of 'firm government’. I have decided that there is now no more important priority on which to expend my energies than electoral reform and have therefore resigned from any political connections and hereby offer my services to ERS.

Background:

Jon Walsh

Jon Walsh

My experience:

  • Westminster Constituency organiser
  • National Campaigns Officer for the Lib Dems
  • London Campaign Manager for Yes to AV
  • External governance advisor for the Royal Collage of Nursing.
  • ERS council member 2013-15
  • ERS treasurer 2013-14
  • ERS vice-chair 2014-15

 

Why I am running

Gwynoro

Gwynoro Jones

About Gwynoro...

He worked as an economist for the Wales Gas Board in mid 1960’s. Then in 1969 was the Research and Public Relations Officer for the Labour Party in Wales and jointly drafted Labour's evidence to the Crowther/Kilbrandon Royal Commission on the Constitution.

Philip N R Smith

Philip Smith

I have experience of many walks of life which I believe provide me with a balanced view in politics. In my professional life, I have worked both in education and business, as a qualified teacher and chartered surveyor. I have lived overseas and learnt about different cultures and political systems. I studied electoral systems as part of a Masters level qualification whilst living overseas, investigating and comparing a range of different voting systems.

Damien Welfare

Damien Welfare

I am standing for re-election to the Council as a strong voice within the Labour Party for electoral reform.

Bill Givens

Bill Givens

I submit this statement for your consideration as ‘Building a better democracy’ as a shared aim has been the key driving force during my 20 year involvement in politics. It is my belief that as politics affects all our lives and that of all other people on this planet we share that politics should be based on true consensus democracy and selfless service above all else by the politicians elected to serve us. Politicians should be drawn from all sectors of our community and truly reflect the make-up of our society in gender and social background.

 

Hannah

Hannah Pudner

Welsh woman standing for strengthened democracy across nations & UK

About me:

Jane Basham

Jane Basham

I'm seeking election to the Council because I know first-hand how broken our electoral system is. I believe I can contribute to fixing it, working both cross-party and inside the major party which needs to switch position for change to be made.

Crispin Allard

Crispin Allard

The 2015 General Election produced the most disproportionate result in modern times, with a Government formed on only 37% of the vote whilst 7.5 million UKIP, Lib Dem and Green voters (nearly a quarter of voters) are represented by only 10 MPs. 

With the Conservatives now in Government on their own, electoral reform is unlikely in the next 5 years.

However, the result gives us the opportunity to take advantage of the upsurge in public support for reform and to build support across the other parties.

The Electoral Reform Society now needs to:

Andrew Garcarz

Andrew Garcarz

Andrew is an NHS Project Manager and a proud Brummie’. He stood as a Parliamentary Candidate and a local councillor in 2015 and is a keen campaigner on matters affecting his constituency and on broader national health related issues.

Standing as a UKIP candidate in 2015, he saw his share of the vote increase by over 600% and UKIP achieve nearly 4 million votes nationally, yet return only one parliamentary seat.

Justina Cruickshank

Justina Cruickshank

I am Commercial Director of The Brew, a start-up which runs membership based workspaces for entrepreneurs, freelancer and small businesses in Shoreditch https://uk.linkedin.com/in/justinacruickshank

Building, Developing and Engaging the Community

When joined the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), I was disappointed to discover there wasn't a call to action, nothing to inspire, excite or reassure me that I had joined the movement that was going to change Britain.

DERRICK ARNOTT

Derrick Arnott

Born in 1936 and educated at Middlesbrough High Grammar School I now spend most of my time in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

l am married with four children and six grandchildren.

I retired in 1997 after selling my successful insurance business and I still have some business interests.

l have had 2 books published* and a third book Politics versus the People** is due to be published shortly. This book, I believe, makes a compelling case for proportional representation.

James Grindrod

James Grindrod

Whichever party we supported, many of us were disorientated by the outcome of the general election because we saw the prospects for voting reform pushed back – possibly for a decade or more. Now, more than ever, then, the country needs an assertive and respected organisation to campaign for voting reform.

Peter Bush

Peter Bush

About Me

I am 27 years old, and currently live in Norfolk. I am a family person with a wife and two young children, and did contest a general election seat. I have been involved in a lot of political campaigning, organizing and fundraising.

Why Am I Standing?

Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter

The General Election and the Scottish referendum have made clear the desperate need for political reform in the UK. At a time of constitutional upheaval, which may make or break the legitimacy of our political system and the UK itself, I believe ERS has a vital historical role to play in driving and shaping the debate.

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

I am a Consumer and Communications Psychologist with over thirty years experience in qualitative market research.

Over the years, I have worked for a good number of the UK's blue chip companies and carried out all of the qualitative market research for the London 2012 Olympics.

Although I am entirely committed to the aims of the Electoral Reform Society, I have real concerns over the apparent lack of engagement by the population at large with the those aims.

Wera Hobhouse

Wera Hobhouse

The 2015 election results have demonstrated more dramatically than ever how unrepresentative the current voting system in this country is and I have decided to actively do something about it. I joined the ERS and now put myself forward for the Council elections.

I am a qualified teacher of Modern Languages, but took a break from teaching last year while standing as Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the North East Somerset constituency. I also stood for Parliament in the 2010 for the Greater Manchester seat of Heywood & Middleton.

Keith Underhill

Keith Underhill

Ex member of council (1982-2011 with a lot of gaps)
Member of National Union of Students Rules Revision Committee (1980-2009)
Experienced Returning Officer and inventor of Re-open Nominations.
Supporter of the Single Transferable Vote For all elections
Libertarian Socialist

STV is the answer

Owen Winter

Owen Winter

My name is Owen Winter and I am the Member of the UK Youth Parliament for North and East Cornwall, I'm 16.

Two months ago, I started an online petition for electoral reform. Little did I know that it would eventually have over 230,000 signatures. I was shocked at the amount of support the petition received and I was proud to contribute the signatures from my petition to the 477,000 names handed to David Cameron on the 18th May.

Philip Foxe

Philip Foxe

It feels strange to be filling in a candidate statement just the day before submissions are closed. In truth I always unconsciously left that kind of thing to other people.

I've been a bit of a short-termer; always fire-fighting one issue or another and too involved to think of the long term. Many I've just got a bit older, or maybe I'm thinking it's getting late in the day, and the villains are emerging from the shadows more confidently now.

Simon P. HOBSON

Simon Hobson

Exploring the world, learning about other people’s cultures, a belief in humanism and an inquisitive mind has led Simon, 35, to develop a successful career as a Mining Engineer. In this role he has been fortunate enough to have lived in West Africa, Latin America, throughout Europe and travelled extensively across the remainder of the globe.

Alongside his undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering, Simon has studied Ecology to diploma level and post-graduate Finance with the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Thomas Pratt

Thomas Pratt

Experienced campaigner passionate about reducing political inequality