Green Party Conference 10 – 12 September
There was a successful stall and fringe meeting “Can the Greens sustain success without electoral change?” held by the Electoral Reform Society, with local supporters Arran, Richard, Liz and Jane featuring. Thanks to Arran for speaking at the fringe, as well as other high profile speakers. Check our previous post for photos. The Green Party locally were very supportive in the Yes Campaign and for that we are very appreciative.
Constituency Boundary changes
Proposals were published yesterday, 13 Sept. Consultation period is open until 3rd Dec with view to revised recommendations Spring 2012. All due to be in place by October 2013 ready for next General Election. The South Yorkshire seats are reduced from 14 to 13. See below for detailed proposals. Do you share my opinion that parts of the proposals seem bizarre?
Unlock Democracy comments:
Sheffield Consultation Dates and locations
Thursday 13th & Friday 14th October 2011 at Sheffield Town Hall.
You can sign the national petition for wholly or 89% elected second chamber here: http://action.unlockdemocracy.org.uk/page/signup/elect-the-lords-petition
In Sheffield, we are pressing Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to come off the fence and support a fully elected second chamber. Please download the attached letter, sign it and if possible get your friends and contacts to sign it and then send it to us c/o 39B Westbourne Road Sheffield S10 2QT. Thank you.
There are a variety ways that you can contribute to the national consultation process. Try these:
Future of Community Assemblies
A question was asked about this at the Sheffield City Council meeting last week when Councillor Mick Rooney, who has responsibility for this area of work, said he would first be consulting the Labour Group. We have urged Councillor Rooney to prioritise a consultation with the people of Sheffield on any proposed changes and also asked whether he would address a public meeting hosted by ourselves on the Council’s proposals. He has agreed to this, at some point in the future. The continuing uncertainty is likely to have an effect; one view is that at the moment, the influence of Community Assemblies is being eroded by default. So we are keen that this issue is progressed without delay and does not become a political football between the two main parties in the Council..
Sheffield for Democracy Steering Group
Next meeting is at 4pm this coming Sunday 18th September. Let us know if you would like to come.
Our stall on 13th August went reasonably well, with people signing up to the national petition for the House of Lords to be wholy or partially elected (http://action.unlockdemocracy.org.uk/page/signup/elect-the-lords-petition) and also the local letter to Nick Clegg, calling for him to support 100% elected. We were a bit surprised at the number of people who were very dismissive of the whole idea of democraticising the House of Lords, and with politicians being in such bad odour, we have a long way to go to persuade people to engage with this.
Green Party Conference
This is being held in Sheffield on 9th, 10th & 11th of September. There will be an Electoral Reform Society stall which our group is being asked to staff. There will also be a fringe meeting: “Can the Greens Sustain Success without Electoral Change?” at 2pm on Saturday 10th. Speakers include Katie Ghose (Director ERS), Caroline Lucas MP (Chair) Jean Lambert(TBC), Darren Johnson (TBC) and Sheffield activist Arran Cottam.
Our very own social media…
In addition to this website we now have a Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/sheffieldfordemocracy/. Please feel free to join and pass along to friends and family.
Next meeting of Steering Group
The next meeting of the Steering Group will be on Sunday 18th September at 4pm. Please contact us for further details if you wish to attend.