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Eddie Izzard’s Yes! Express including scenes from Belfast #Yes2AV

4 May

On Sunday Eddie Izzard came to Belfast here is a video of his journey from Southampton, to Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham and Nottingham on that day. There are some good clips of Belfast including our runners, him on a street lift, gate crashing wedding pictures and with our banner. Not forgetting the cocktail he got served in Malmaison. Enjoy.

Don’t forget to vote Yes! tomorrow and take along your ID to the polling station.

Valid forms of ID are:

  • A UK, Irish or EEA driving licence (photographic part)
  • A UK, Irish or EU passport
  • An electoral identity card
  • A Translink Senior SmartPass
  • A Translink 60+ SmartPass
  • A Translink War Disabled SmartPass
  • A Translink Blind Person’s SmartPass

Yet more cats say #Yes2AV

28 Apr

Having been shown the video below

we’ve also found another cat’s take on Humans and Voting.

The humans are thinking about changing the way they elect their MPs. At the moment, they use a simple system called first past the post. Everyone has one vote, and they get to vote for who they want their MP to be. The person with the most votes wins.

That might sound simple (and sometimes I think that humans need to keep things very simple) but it does cause problems. (read the rest here)

King Taddle in the Weekly Taddlegraph

Belfast Says Yes!

4 Apr
Belfast Says Yes!

Banner drop outside Belfast City Hall (Picture by Phil O'Kane: Used with Permission)

Once upon a time, not so long ago a very different message looked down on Belfast shoppers from the front of City Hall. But on Saturday local activists unveiled a different and new message to the lunchtime crowd, “Belfast says Yes!”. We also were not doing this alone over Saturday and Sunday in over 100 locations across the UK fellow activists for fairer votes were doing exactly the same.

Many stopped and took photos on their phones, taxi drivers on the rank opposite tooted their horns in agreement and many people said it was about time for people in Belfast to be positive about something.

At the last election only one of the four Belfast seats returned an MP with over 50% of the votes behind them, and he had abandoned them for a seat elsewhere. So of course the people of Belfast are wanting MPs that will work hard, reaching out beyond their core support.

Northern Ireland Organiser Stephen Glenn said:

“It was great to see the positive response from passers-by this afternoon. Belfast and Northern Irish voters understand the unfairness of First Past the Post, many of them can’t understand why we still have it for Westminster when they use their preferences to produce fair devolved and local government.

“As people were saying today it is about time people here were positive about something. It is good to see as we head into the final weeks so secure a Yes vote on 5th May.”

A Yes vote in the referendum on the 5th May will lead to hard-working MPs looking out for the concerns of their constituents as they strive to get and keep the support of over 50%. It will also do away with you, the voter, having to maybe lend your only preference to a party you may not necessarily agree with most just to stop someone else getting it. Voting yes means you can rank your candidates in order of preference for Westminster too.

Join me in making our MPs work harder – says Michael Carchrie Campbell

17 Feb

Fairer Votes Belfast Coordinator, Michael Carchrie Campbell, says Yes!

Michael Carchrie Campbell, Fairer Votes Belfast coordinator is calling for those who support the change to the Alternative Vote for electing MPs to Westminster to support the nationwide campaign and help ensure that there will be a positive result in the UK-wide referendum on May 5th.

Speaking this afternoon, Michael said:

“Following Royal Assent to the Parliamentary Voting Systems and Constituencies Act earlier today, we now have the referendum to make the change to a fairer voting system set for May 5th.

“The Yes campaign needs as much help as possible to ensure that the real messages are put out to all of us in the communities of the UK. To help us all in our local groups do this, the campaign centrally needs major financial assistance. We’re not backed by the rich bankers or the trade unions. We’re a campaign of the people. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in donating as much as you can to the campaign so that we can get as much literature printed and campaigning training carried out as quickly as possible.

“Of course, once we have literature printed, and then in our hands here in Belfast, we will be organising street stalls and other events to make sure that all voters in the UK know why this campaign is one of the most important ever in our history.”

To help the Yes campaign please donate as much as you can afford. And say Yes to Fairer Votes as well.

Watch this space for more updates on what will be happening in and around Belfast in the coming weeks and months.

Labour Yes campaign takes off

8 Dec

Today sees the launch of Labour Yes! – the Labour Party’s Yes to Fairer Votes Campaign, together with a well branded website in line with the main Yes! campaign website.

One of the things that caught my eye was

Get involved

The Labour Yes Campaign is looking for volunteers to be Labour Yes Champions in every constituency in the UK. If you are interested in becoming the Champion for your area please email volunteer@labouryes.org.uk

The Campaign will be organising campaign activity alongside regular Labour campaigning sessions. If you would like to talk to us about bringing Labour Yes volunteers to your area, please get in touch with us at volunteer@labouryes.org.uk

Yes Champions?

Is this something that we should be looking at within all the political parties? I think so. If every party had a Yes champion in every constituency this would be a great help to the Yes campaign.

In every constituency in the UK?

Can I put my hand up and ask does this include that part of the UK known as Northern Ireland?

give some time to make a call to give yourself a stronger voice

4 Dec
Fair Votes Now

Image by London Permaculture via Flickr

Today the Northern Ireland campaign team was attending the Ulster Unionist Conference in the Ramada Hotel in Belfast, meeting MLAs, councillors and members.

In other parts of the United Kingdom, the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign was launching its first wave of 50 phonebanks across the country.

The phonebanking operation constitutes the most ambitious direct voter contact programme in British political history and we are aiming to speak to more voters than all the political parties did combined at the general election.

This grassroots led strategy is reliant upon normal people volunteering an hour or two a month of their time to call over voters and persuade them to vote yes. So far the campaign has had over 140,000 people sign up to help and they expect this to increase dramatically as the campaign gathers pace.

If you are able to give up any of your time to help out, click here to sign up and the regional organiser in your area will be in touch to arrange a time that suits you. Don’t worry if you don’t live near a major town or city, as they also plan to launch their virtual phonebank in mid-December, so you will soon be able to help out from the comfort of your own home.

Enniskillen stall part of national campaign

26 Nov

The street stall in Enniskillen tomorrow is but part of the Yes campaign that is going from strength to strength with Yes campaigners out and about up and down the UK. It’s still not too late to sign up – or just turn up and help.

Kicking off on Thursday evening, we have planning meetings taking place in Cardiff, Bristol and Plymouth. The Christmas lights will be switched on in March, Cambridgeshire on Friday evening and a group of Yes supporters plan to engage with the crowds.

On Saturday, street stalls are planned for Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, Hastings, the Stoke Newington Farmers’ Market in Hackney, Barkingside in East London and North Finchley. Supporters will also be out and about working the crowds at the Wokingham Winter Carnival on Sunday. Continue reading