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Democracy Matters Action Update July 2015

Democracy Matters Action Update July 2015

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I am delighted at the response to our plans for a national conversation about changes to the British constitution this autumn: please see update, below.

This newsletter also has information on campaign training, a note on the Unlock Magna Carta events and a request for case studies on the arts and citizenship from teachers.

This Thursday 2nd July you are warmly welcome to join two new MPs – Kate Osamor (Labour, Edmonton) and Dr Lisa Cameron (SNP East Kilbride) – and me to discuss ‘Has British Politics Fundamentally Changed?’ from 6.30 pm in Committee Room 11, House of Commons, organised by GlobalNet21. To book or more details, please go here.

Power to the People? Conversations about the constitution 
Democracy Matters is organising six events across the UK about the constitution, with the Crick Centre for Political Understanding and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to deepen public debate about constitutional change.We are forming steering groups for events in Edinburgh, Cardiff, London and Sheffield, and welcome people to join them.

We are also someone to get the ball rolling for events in two other areas: please get in touch if you would like to get involved in any of the six events.Organisations which have expressed interest in taking part include the WEA, Centre on Constitutional Change at University of Edinburgh, Ragged University, ACT, Citizenship Foundation, Federal Trust, London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC), Sheila McKechnie foundation, Speakers’ Corner Trust, Talk Shop, Unlock Democracy and Parliamentary Outreach.For more details of the ESRC programme see the news item.

My blog explores twenty questions about the UK constitution which could be discussed at these events, but the actual agenda will be decided by each local group.

Unlock the Magna Carta 
Unlock Democracy has completed its series of events on the anniversary of the Magna Carta, suggesting a number of principles for a modern Magna Carta. For a record of the debates go to Unlock Magna Carta.

The British Library Magna Cart exhibition runs until Tue 1 Sept: for details click here. To book a talk and visit for your group contact or call +44 (0)20 7412 7580.

Campaign workshops
Whether you are challenging changes to social care, the Disability Living Allowance or the climate, and want advice about how to make a difference, then this campaign workshop is for you!

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation ‘Introduction to Campaigning’ workshops equip people with skills to bring about change at a local or national level:16 July London 10.30 – 17.00: Details:–  BOOK YOUR PLACE or Email

Train to Campaign
Harmit Kambo’s workshops in London to help people make an impact:

  • 13 Oct: Using Freedom of information in your campaign
  • 17 Nov: How to get grant funding for your campaign
  • 26 Jan 2016: Developing a Theory of Change for your campaign

For more details go to

Have you used art to explore citizenship in education?
The next Teaching Citizenship will focus on the arts and citizenship. If you have done a project linking citizenship with art, music, photography or drama, please get in touch with Lee Jerome and Gavin Baldwin, Co-Editors

Spread the word
Do pass this information to your networks, and send me news for next month. 

Please pass on this information to your networks, acknowledging Democracy Matters, and let me know what you’re doing.

Best wishes,

Titus Alexander

Convener, Democracy Matters

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