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Better Democracy

Best for Britain believes our society works best and achieves the most when everyone has the same opportunity to take part, to have their say and to be heard.

This Government is pushing through a series of new laws designed to make the UK less democratic, make it harder for people and organisations liek Best for Britain, charities and unions to take part in elections and to criminalise free speech and the right to protest. Stand up for all our rights and take part now.



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    Better Democracy: Accountable Power. Fair Elections. Equal Voices.

    Democracy in the UK should work for all those who have a stake in the future of our country.  No vote should be considered wasted. Scrutiny of those in power is vital for our democracy.

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    Opposition to Policing Bill bridges Brexit divide

    In an unprecedented move, former Remain and Leave organisations have signed an open letter calling for the government to withdraw its proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill “in its entirety”. Former Remain and Leave organisations united against government plans to limit democratic freedom to protest Open letter comes as...

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  • DONATE: Fight back against Priti Patel's Policing Bill and the Elections Bill

     Donate Now > Update: July 6, 2021 10:00 pm Despite promises from government to rethink the Bill, a vote in the House of Commons saw the it pass 365 to 265 votes. We will continue to work with all organisations who signed our open letter and take on the Bill in...

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Stop the assault on our democratic freedoms

Let’s take a stand against the Government’s anti-democratic agenda.

Sign to protect and save our democracy.

Save our rights to vote and campaign and hear from diverse voices at election time. Save our freedom to protest and dissent. Save the values and structures of accountability and scrutiny on which our freedom depends. This government is set on dismantling it all.

Government must not become untouchable.

The UK Government is embarking on huge and unprecedented constitutional changes which, taken all together, represent the most brazen and sweeping assault on people's freedoms that our country has ever seen. 

Find out about the rights and protections the Government is attacking:

Right to Protest

  • Priti Patel's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill would make causing “serious annoyance” at a protest punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
  • Any protest is banned from Parliament Square Green to all the roads surrounding it and up Whitehall - the government would never hear another protest again.
  • Even COVID-safe, one-person protests will be restricted.

Right to Vote and Campaign

  • The Elections Bill gives Ministers powers to change the definition of what sort of campaigning is allowed 365 days before an election at whim.
  • Campaigning organisations, trade unions, charities and even individuals promoting a point of view could find their campaigning criminalised at election time or made impossible.
  • Voters will be turned away from polling stations if they don’t have ID with them, affecting potentially millions of voters.

Equal Votes

Scrutiny and Accountability 

  • Judicial Review is to be “reformed” to make it harder for unlawful decisions to be examined and challenged, after the Supreme Court ruled Johnson’s forced closure of Parliament illegal.
  • The Elections Bill gives Ministers powers to direct the Electoral Commission's day to day priorities, removing it's independence and putting representatives of a political party - whichever party is in government - in a position to influence the Commission's work.

This is not the reform our country needs. What we need is more fairness in elections, democratic engagement for all people, and an electoral system that makes sure everyone’s vote counts.

Don’t let this assault on our freedom and civil liberties go unchallenged. Sign your name and take a stand. 


Latest Updates

5 July 2021 - UPDATE: Government passes extreme Policing Bill and publishes dangerous Elections Bill

Government MPs voted through Priti Patel's extreme Policing Bill unamended. This is a disappointing but not unexpected development and we will continue our work to get this Bill rejected as it is considered by the Lords.

On the same day, they published their dangerous and far-reaching elections Bill which introduces voter ID requirements but goes so much further than that. This new law would create a hostile environment for anyone wanting to campaign at elections and recommend voters choose a particular party or candidates, particularly organisations like Best for Britain, trade unions and charities. This Bill is aimed at reducing the number and diversity of voices allowed to participate in national debate.

19 March 2021 - UPDATE: Campaign success as Policing Bill is delayed while Government rethinks its position

After mass action from our supporters, the Government kicked their extremist Policing Bill into the long-grass. It's just a reprieve though and we will keep on building opposition to this and the other Bills we know they are preparing to limit our freedoms.


 

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The UK Government is embarking on huge and unprecedented constitutional changes which, taken all together, represent the most brazen and sweeping assault on people's freedoms that our country has ever seen. 

Find out about the rights and protections the Government is attacking:

Right to Protest

  • Priti Patel's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill would make causing “serious annoyance” at a protest punishable by up to 10 years in prison. 
  • Any protest is banned from Parliament Square Green to all the roads surrounding it and up Whitehall - the government would never hear another protest again.
  • Even COVID-safe, one-person protests will be restricted.

Right to Vote and Campaign

  • The Elections Bill gives Ministers powers to change the definition of what sort of campaigning is allowed 365 days before an election at whim.
  • Campaigning organisations, trade unions, charities and even individuals promoting a point of view could find their campaigning criminalised at election time or made impossible.
  • Voters will be turned away from polling stations if they don’t have ID with them, affecting potentially millions of voters.

Equal Votes

Scrutiny and Accountability 

  • Judicial Review is to be “reformed” to make it harder for unlawful decisions to be examined and challenged, after the Supreme Court ruled Johnson’s forced closure of Parliament illegal.
  • The Elections Bill gives Ministers powers to direct the Electoral Commission's day to day priorities, removing it's independence and putting representatives of a political party - whichever party is in government - in a position to influence the Commission's work.

This is not the reform our country needs. What we need is more fairness in elections, democratic engagement for all people, and an electoral system that makes sure everyone’s vote counts.

Don’t let this assault on our freedom and civil liberties go unchallenged. Sign your name and take a stand. 


Latest Updates

5 July 2021 - UPDATE: Government passes extreme Policing Bill and publishes dangerous Elections Bill

Government MPs voted through Priti Patel's extreme Policing Bill unamended. This is a disappointing but not unexpected development and we will continue our work to get this Bill rejected as it is considered by the Lords.

On the same day, they published their dangerous and far-reaching elections Bill which introduces voter ID requirements but goes so much further than that. This new law would create a hostile environment for anyone wanting to campaign at elections and recommend voters choose a particular party or candidates, particularly organisations like Best for Britain, trade unions and charities. This Bill is aimed at reducing the number and diversity of voices allowed to participate in national debate.

19 March 2021 - UPDATE: Campaign success as Policing Bill is delayed while Government rethinks its position

After mass action from our supporters, the Government kicked their extremist Policing Bill into the long-grass. It's just a reprieve though and we will keep on building opposition to this and the other Bills we know they are preparing to limit our freedoms.


 

DONATE: Fight back against Priti Patel's Policing Bill and the Elections Bill

 Donate Now >

Update: July 6, 2021 10:00 pm

Despite promises from government to rethink the Bill, a vote in the House of Commons saw the it pass 365 to 265 votes. We will continue to work with all organisations who signed our open letter and take on the Bill in the Lords. Thank you to all who have donated so far - but there is much more to be done, or freedoms hard-won over centuries could be lost permanently.

And on the same day we saw the introduction of the new Elections Bill which introduces a Voter ID requirement at the polling station. But that's just the tip of the iceberg; our constitutional experts fear the rest of the Bill could silence charities, unions and campaign organisations like Best for Britain during elections. We will always support efforts to strengthen trust in elections but the Elections Bill, unless these damaging anti-democratic clauses are removed, will do the opposite.

Update: March 17, 2021 12:31 pm

On Tuesday night, MPs took the next step towards voting away your right to free protest. But it isn't over yet.

A million of you marched with us in 2019. Unless we act now, we may never be able to do so again.

While we thank the many MPs who voted to defend our right to stand up to those in power, sadly they were not successful.

Tens of thousands of you wrote to your MP in under 24 hours, and today you helped us hit our £20,000 target.

But we must keep on fighting this undemocratic Bill. Can you help us reach £25,000? The more money we raise, the more people we can speak to, the more ads we can run, and the more work we can do to prevent this bill passing further stages.

Will you spare £10 in the fight for free protest?

What happens next?

On Tuesday night the bill passed the 2nd reading stage. Before it becomes law, there will be a committee stage, report stage and third reading. Then it passes to the Lords for several readings too. With your help we can stop this bill by campaigning at the next stage of the bill; committee stage. 

What is this Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill?

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, currently being debated in parliament, is set to give the Home Secretary unprecedented power to limit freedom of expression.

Those judged to have caused “serious annoyance” at a protest could face up to 10 years in prison. And the Bill would expand the restriction zone from Parliament Square Green to all the roads surrounding it and up Whitehall - the government would never hear another protest again.

This is not about the ethics of mass-protest during the pandemic. This Bill seeks to fundamentally and permanently undermine our right to protest. The Bill even gives police powers over COVID-safe “one-person protests”.

 

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During regulated election periods the law says we must make sure all donations of £500 or more are from people who are registered to vote in the UK, or companies that are registered and conduct their business in the UK. That's why we ask for your address and a phone number. If the same person donates more than once and their donations add up to more than £500 in the same calendar year, the same rule applies. Donations over £7,500 must be published by the Electoral Commission. Donations we find to be inadmissible may have to be returned.

Outside of election or referendum periods we welcome donations from anyone who wants to help Best for Britain.

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