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Taking the Message of Fairer Votes to the Road #Yes2AV

4 May
Yes! Message taken to the gates of Stormont

Yes! Message taken to the gates of Stormont

In just 24 hours polls will have closed. But Yesterday earlier this week the Yes! ad van travelled across the Irish Sea to join the team here in Belfast and was taken to the very gates that lead up to Parliament Buildings. It also went to the offices of Dawn Purvis, Naomi Long and Chris Lyttle.

If you want fair votes to elect you MP to Westminster. If you want your voice to be heard and your vote to count then say yes tomorrow.

Polls open in 9 hours at 7am and close at 10am.

Don’t forget to vote here in Northern Ireland you need to take along your valid ID. So take along one of the following:

  •  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
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Release: Rathlin says YES! to fairer votes

28 Mar

The Harbour, Rathlin Island

Rathlin says Yes! to Fairer Votes

Rathlin Islanders welcomed the YES to fairer votes campaign to their shores. The campaign spent a day talking to voters across the island about the upcoming referendum on 5th May.

The islanders had recently rallied around to secure the island’s ballot box so that they could continue to vote on the island. The residents are well aware that every vote matters and want their voice to be heard.

Stephen Glenn, campaign organiser for NI said: “Everyone I spoke to today said they wanted politicians to work harder to get elected. They want their vote to count and their voice to be heard. That’s exactly what the new Alternative Vote system will do. Rathlin Islanders have just as much right to be heard and we’re taking this campaign all across NI.”

Every vote counts from Rathlin and beyond

ENDS

Community Organiser Laura Hawthorne on the ferry to Rathlin

Democracy Drinks – 28 Feb, 7.30–9pm, The Parlour

18 Feb

Join us for Democracy Drinks

Sign up to join us for our Democracy Drinks on 28th February in the Parlour Bar, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, from 7.30 until 9.00 p.m.

Local activists will be there to tell you why they are voting Yes, and to provide further information on how you can get involved in the campaign in Northern Ireland to make sure all MPs work harder.

Find out more about what we are doing by liking us on Facebook.

 

Why I’m Backing Fairer Votes? – Stephen Glenn NI Organiser

9 Dec

Stephen Glenn out campaigning for Fairer Votes

As I am heading up the campaign for Fairer Votes here in Northern Ireland I thought it was only fair to let you know my story as to why I feel strongly about this issue.

 

Back in late 1985-6 we had the mass resignation of Unionist MPs across Northern Ireland and the subsequent by elections in opposition to the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

The bulk of January found me off school on study leave for my mock exams, which is why on one Wednesday morning I found myself in Bangor’s market. Through the mêlée I suddenly found myself facing the rather familiar figure of one of Northern Ireland’s leading politicians, alongside the local recently resigned MP and then mere Unionist candidate for North Down Jim Kilfedder. A familiar voice then asked me:

“Young man, can Jim here rely on your vote on January 23rd?”

I replied:

“No.”

Then seeing a startled look on both politicians faces expanded with:

“I don’t think I should vote for something or someone I don’t believe in, and I don’t believe that what you have done is correct. So if I were old enough to vote on the 23rd, I would not be voting for Mr Kilfedder.”

Being only 16 at the time and studying for my O’levels it was quite a brave response to Ian Paisley. But it was something that once I had the vote was something I have always stuck to. In each general election that I have voted in since that date I have gone to vote and placed an ‘X’ my only allowed mark next to the candidate that has most closely matched what I believe in. Sadly not once what that vote elected a member to Parliament, nor has it even gone to the person in second place.

Does it mean my views are any less valid that the many people who do get a say in the handful of close contests across the country? In my opinion yes. In the six Westminster elections I have voted in three have been tight races for the top spot, one involved 3 candidates none of whom were the candidate I voted for. Not one of the winners in those races had a majority of the voters backing them.

So half the time I have voted in Westminster elections people around me have been some of the few thousand who get to make a decision about how our country is run. Sadly the only way I could have done that would have been to vote, not for who and what I believe in but for whichever of the front-runners was least bad.

For the other half of the time I have voted in a constituency where the MP has what is pretty much a job for life. They may not necessarily have over 50% of the people voting for them but enough more than anyone else that there is no clear competition for their place. This can lead to the MP not giving all that they can do for all the people that they represent, because they only have to do enough to not upset those that are going to vote for them anyway.

AV will make your MPs work harder to get and keep their jobs. It will do away with the dilemma of do you have to vote tactically and not for who you believe in with you first preference. It will also go some way to tackling the jobs for life culture as it will shake more of our MPs out of complacency.

Join me in making sure that the people of Northern Ireland Vote Yes in May. Go to the Yes to Fairer Votes website and sign up to help. If you can spare an hour or two (or even more on a regular basis) either before Christmas on in the New Year make sure you sign up for the phonebank, and get involved telling people why you too want to see fairer votes for Westminster.

I look forward to hearing from and seeing you help out on this campaign for a small change that can make a big difference.

it’s off to conference again with us

4 Dec

UUP logo
Today is Ulster Unionist Party conference – so Stephen Glenn, Regional Organiser for Yes to Fairer Votes and Michael Carchrie Campbell, one of the Volunteer Coordinators are heading up the team to go and canvas UUP opinion.

Ulster Unionists believe in

Standing up for Northern Ireland

securing devolved government for this part of the United Kingdom – and that devolution will secure Northern Ireland’s place within a modern United Kingdom.

Yes to Fairer Votes campaigners believe in

a modern United Kingdom

securing a modern working Parliamentary democracy where elections are fought and won fairly.

There should be common ground between us.

Hopefully, we’ll see some of you there.

join our team at Quiz at CIYMS

5 Nov

Come and join the YES TO FAIRER VOTES BELFAST TEAM at a table quiz tonight.
Stephen Glenn, NI Campaign Manager for Yes to Fairer Votes and Michael Carchrie Campbell, will be at the North Down and Strangford Alliance Table Quiz this evening to be held at CIYMS Clubhouse, which is at the junction of Circular Road and Cairnburn Road, in East Belfast. There is ample free car parking.

The Quiz starts at 8pm sharp, with doors opening from 7.30pm. Price £7.00 per person (which includes some supper) payable at 7.45 at each table.

Sign up here if you are coming please and invite your friends.
If there are many of us, we may have to form a second, third, or fourth team, YES TO AV BELFAST, YES IN MAY &c!

Going on past experience, this will be a fun night.

Northern Ireland campaign kickstarts this weekend

4 Nov

Margaret Ritchie MP MLA

Following the appointment of Stephen Glenn a well-seasoned activist as Campaign Manager for Northern Ireland, the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign here will be get off to a start with him and another of his team attending the SDLP‘s conference this weekend.

 

Margaret Ritchie MP MLA has stated that her party will

campaign vigorously in favour of progressive electoral reform

We look forward to working with Margaret and all those in favour of modern, progressive, reform of the electoral system.

Watch out for us on Saturday!