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  • Will party learners promote learning for democracy?

    Democracy Matters has written to party leaders to ask what they will do to make democracy work for everyone. We aim to get their support and follow-up with Ministers, officials and MPs after the election. The letter (below) summarises why learning for democracy matters and …

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    January Update 2017

          Political literacy will be more important than ever in 2017, as the UK seeks new relationships with the EU 27; as Europe deals with refugees, rickety banks, terrorism, climate change, resurgent Russia and other challenges; Donald Trump takes America (and the world) …

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  • Five paradoxical lessons from David Cameron

    As the party conference season starts and David Cameron fades from political memory it is time to draw lessons from his ten years at the top of the Conservative Party and his swift departure after the Brexit vote. His period in power restored Conservative confidence …

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  • Why can’t you learn practical politics at university?

    Almost every university runs courses in skills and knowledge to compete in the market – accounting, advertising, business studies, marketing and more. Business schools are not afraid to teach people how to “make a difference in the world” through enterprise, to quote Harvard. The best …

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    David Cameron supports practical political education

    David Cameron’s letter to Democracy Matters shows active support for practical political education. He recognises that “we still have some way to go to achieve our objective of ensuring that as many people as possible can be involved in, and influence the decisions that make …

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  • From Our Practical Politics Blog

    Why we need learning for democracy

    Politics today is like elite sports in which a few teams have the best facilities and the winner takes all, while public participation plummets through lack of facilities, training and support. The game on the pitch is decided by men with money who hire top …

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  • From Our Practical Politics Blog

    Learning for Democracy: our call for political renewal

    We call on all political parties and civic leaders to Make it easier for people to take part in politics Support learning for democracy through practical political education Bring decision-making closer to people so that democratic politics is more accessible, inclusive and better at giving …

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    Democracy Matters Action Update June 2014

    Members of Democracy Matters are meeting with Stephen Twigg, Shadow Minister for Constitutional Affairs, at 2pm on Wednesday 18th June to present manifesto ideas on political education and the democratic deficit. Read Stephen Twigg’s talk to the Electoral Reform Society for his current thinking. If …

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  • From Our Practical Politics Blog

    Turning tables on the Lobbying Act

    The Lobbying Act restricts Oxfam from calling on political parties to support the world’s poorest, but allows newspapers to campaign for the rich, poor or cheesed off to their hearts content. It limits the Countryside Alliance and RSPCA from campaigning for or against fox hunting, …

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    Democracy Matters Action Update April 2014

    This month’s newsletter includes details of our seminar on 1 May, the Parliamentary Inquiry into why people don’t vote (and how to encourage them), SMK’s inspiring People Power conference on 30 April and other events. Do keep us posted about opportunities to learn how to …

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