UD AGM 2015: the one with all the strategy

This weekend we welcomed Unlock Democracy members to our Annual General Meeting, where we debate the big issues that you want to see us campaign on. We had more of you taking part than ever before, with forty members attending and many more contributing to the discussions online. For those of you who couldn’t attend, here’s what you missed:

A movie premiere...

A movie premiere...

Frances Foley gave members a sneak preview of the Unlock Magna Carta film, looking back on the events run across the country over the last year - stay tuned for the launch in the next few weeks!

We debated how to campaign on the key issues for our members, including lobbying and party funding, voting reform and local government and devolution. We had some very exciting debates and some very close votes on where we should be focusing our campaigning efforts - full details to follow.

Members unlocking democracy...

Members unlocking democracy...

We changed UD’s constitution to make it easier to welcome new members. New recruits will now receive full voting rights just six weeks after they join. We also changed the rules to make our council elections more competitive.

In our strategy session members came up with campaign ideas, which will all feed into our ongoing review of our campaign strategy. Our idea trees were groaning under the weight of your suggestions!

The room buzzing with ideas...

The room buzzing with ideas...

A big thank you for everyone who attended or contributed to the discussions - we hope to see all of you next year! And an extra special thank you to Vicky Seddon, who ran her eighth and final AGM as Chair of Unlock Democracy. We'll miss your tireless efforts to get us through the day's business and encourage a lively debate!