Phil Davis - 2016 Council Manifesto

Phil Davis - 2016 Council Manifesto

I  am  a  Birmingham  City  Councillor  and  bring  to  UD  Council  practical experience  of  local  government  and  devolution  issues  locally  and nationally.  A  current  member  of  UD  Council  (and  Management Committee),  I have  been  active  on  constitutional  reform/devolution issues  for  over  25  years.  A  former  local  authority  Leader,  I  and  was founder  chair  of  the  Campaign  for  the  English  Regions  (CfER).  I  also follow Welsh devolution closely. 

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Lisa French - 2016 Council Manifesto

Lisa French - 2016 Council Manifesto

Democratic reform is needed to help combat the growing levels of political apathy — people do not want to get engaged with a system that does not represent them. The grassroots activism Unlock Democracy supports is essential to help highlight these issues to the public, and to increase the calls for change.

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Sepi Golzari-Munro - 2016 Council Manifesto

Sepi Golzari-Munro - 2016 Council Manifesto

Sepi Golzari-Munro (London)
Why I joined Unlock Democracy
I  joined  Unlock  Democracy  because  I’m  concerned  by  the  growing  attacks on the processes and protections which secure our day-to-day democracy in the UK (‘operational democracy’).

This  is  being  seen  across  a  wide  range  of  Government  activity,  from  increased  use  of  secondary legislation  bypassing  Parliamentary  scrutiny,  and  growing  disregard  for  consultations  and  impact assessments in policy-making, to continued threats to Freedom of Information and civil society activity. 

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Peter Hirst - 2016 Council Candidate Manifestos

Peter Hirst - 2016 Council Candidate Manifestos

Dear Unlock Democracy Member,

I am writing to you to request your first preference vote in the forthcoming election for membership of Unlock Democracy Council.

I would like to continue working on your behalf to strengthen our democracy by increasing transparency, accountability, fairness and participation.

During the two years since I last stood for Council I have increased my knowledge, interest and passion for improving our democracy. Fundamentally, I believe how we are governed is a quality
of life issue. As such it should interest a far larger number of people than it does.

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Wolfgang Hoffman - 2016 Council Candidate Manifestos

Wolfgang Hoffman - 2016 Council Candidate Manifestos

Dear Fellow Voters,
My name is Wolfgang Hoffmann. I was born in 1954 in Cologne, Germany, where I did live until 1993. I have a degree in Design for Visual Communication, studied also philosophy and psychology, and I am a man of the arts and culture. At the age of 16 I became an active trade unionist. I always wanted to improve people's life, make human rights an integral part of how  we live together, and create a peaceful and just world.

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Andrew Manning - 2016 Council Candidate Manifestos

Andrew Manning - 2016 Council Candidate Manifestos

WHO I AM:
Andrew Manning.
51 years young.
employed royal mail and former cwu union rep.Also part time tefl tutor
Formerly member Labour campaign electoral reform(lcer)national executive.
Formerly,COOP group-Essex&Herts area management committee.
Stood for marginal ward(Basildon council)three times and for Essex county
council,once.

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Vicky Seddon - - 2016 Council Manifesto

Vicky Seddon -  - 2016 Council Manifesto

Vicky Seddon: why I am standing for Council.  

Council’s main role is to determine the strategic direction of Unlock Democracy.For the last nine years, I have played my part at the centre of the organisation, as chair or cochair. This year, I am standing down from that particular role. But I still want to put the benefit of my experience to use, in both Unlock Democracy and the wider democracy sector.

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Tom Pratt - 2016 Council Manifesto

Tom Pratt - 2016 Council Manifesto

I’ve been involved in democracy activism for 6 years. In 2010, I joined the Take Back Parliament group formed in Birmingham which was merged into the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign. After the AV referendum, I become a committee member of Unlock Democracy Birmingham. In February 2015, I was chosen as group chair.

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Phil Starr - 2016 Council Manifesto

Phil Starr - 2016 Council Manifesto

Phil Starr is currently Vice Chair of Unlock Democracy’s Council with responsibility for our property portfolio, which contributes a large proportion of our income.  Phil was previously Chair of Charter 88 and was heavily involved in bringing NPN and Charter together to form UD.


I hope you will support me by electing me onto Council. Once again I am standing so that I can complete the reorganisation of Rodell properties which I have been heavily involved in for the past six  years. Rodell is vital to UD as it controls our property assets and so generates a substantial part of our income. Extra income from Rodell simply means more political activity for UD.

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Barry Stokes - 2016 Council Manifesto

Barry Stokes - 2016 Council Manifesto

I am a retired deputy headteacher of a large comprehensive school in Essex, where I was responsible  for the curriculum and the financial structure to enable the delivery of this. Throughout my nearly 40 years teaching in high schools I taught maths and physics, but in my later years I also taught P.S.E. issues, including financial awareness and social responsibility and the role of politics in society. From this work I became aware of the need to transform the way that modern society is governed to truly reflect the aspirations of the vast majority of its members. 

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Joe Toovey - 2016 Council Manifesto

Joe Toovey - 2016 Council Manifesto

VOTE JOE TOOVEY 1 FOR UNLOCK DEMOCRACY COUNCIL

About Me. I'm Joe, a law student at the University of Cambridge and a long‐time believer in the need for political reform. I have worked with Unlock Democracy in the past as a volunteer, and hope that I can continue serving the organisation as a member of Council.

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Stuart Weir - 2016 Council Manifesto

Stuart Weir - 2016 Council Manifesto

The campaigning contribution that Unlock Democracy can make was never needed more than now. The country is being ruled by a vicious and reckless government, elected on a minority of the popular vote, that exploits and abuses its executive powers and legislative position in a flagrantly partisan way

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