Citizens’ Assemblies – How can ordinary people inform politics? (Lib Dem Fringe)

16 Mar 16 Mar

Meeting Room 6, Novotel Hotel York, YO10 4FD

Saturday 16 Mar 19 - Saturday 16 Mar 19 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Interest in citizens’ assemblies as a way of informing policy-making is increasing – but what exactly are they and how can they work effectively?

The Electoral Reform Society and Wera Hobhouse MP are delighted to host this event at Liberal Democrat Spring Conference.

Our panel of fantastic speakers will discuss how deliberation among ordinary citizens can inform policy-making. We will consider the key features of a successful citizens’ assembly going beyond the current Brexit-centred interest in deliberative practices.

We will discuss why politicians think that citizens’ involvement in policy-making is necessary, and how it can complement the work of MPs in a representative democracy. And, we will consider what the main obstacles are in the UK and how these can be overcome. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating and salient debate. We greatly value your experience and input.

Read our briefing on Citizens’ Assemblies for the event.


  • Darren Hughes (Chair) – Electoral Reform Society
  • Wera Hobhouse MP
  • Tim Hughes – Involve
  • Michela Palese – Electoral Reform Society

Refreshments will be provided.

A Citizens’ Assembly is a representative group of citizens who are selected at random from the population to learn about, deliberate upon, and make recommendations in relation to a particular issue or set of issues. Find out more about them.

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Meeting Room 6, Novotel Hotel York

Novotel York Centre, Fishergate, York, UK

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