What we believe:

  • The government is too powerful because we don’t have a written constitution that sets out what they can and can’t do.
  • Big money gives the powerful an inside track to decision making.
  • An outdated voting system means politicians don’t represent us.
  • Politicians are unwilling to make desperately needed democratic reforms.

Unlock Democracy believes politics must work for everyone because currently the rules of democracy aren’t fair.

We bring people together in an inclusive, supportive and inspiring movement for political reform, developing people’s skills, knowledge & confidence in order to build power and win significant political change.

We are owned and run by our members. For more information about what we stand for and how we work, read our new theory of change or see our purpose and constitution.

How are we funded?

Unlock Democracy is funded from three main sources: subscriptions and donations from our members and supporters (which makes up roughly half of our income), grant income for specific projects from various foundations and trusts, and income from our subsidiary company Rodell Properties Ltd.  Rodell Properties Ltd manages two small office buildings in central London, including 37 Grays' Inn Road. Unlock Democracy was founded in November 2007 following the merger of Charter 88 and the New Politics Network.