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Better Democracy

The Government is pushing through new laws designed to make the UK less democratic by giving Ministers unprecedented and unchecked powers to stifle opposition, deter participation in elections and establish an unequal playing field for future elections in favour of those already in power.

These laws will make it harder for people and organisations like Best for Britain, charities and unions to take part in elections and work with political parties. In fact, it would be a major blockage to parties forming a progressive alliance at election time. In conjunction with the Policing Bill, which imposes stringent conditions on protest and stifles dissenting voices, the Elections Bill constitutes an insidious power grab which will erode our democratic right to free expression and limit power of individuals across society to hold power to account. 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: Donate: Fight back against unaccountable politicians and the erosion of our democracy

     Donate Now > The new Elections Bill is notorious for proposing to mandate voter ID at polling stations, further disenfranchising the most marginalised groups from our democratic processes. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the bill could silence charities, unions and campaign organisations like...

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Stop the assault on our democratic freedoms

Stop the erosion of our democratic rights

Let’s take a stand against the government’s insidious power grab and its attempts to stifle the voice of civil society

Sign this petition for better democracy.

Our rights to campaign, vote and protest are under threat. The independence of The Electoral Commission is set to be compromised, and the power to hold Ministers to account is diminishing. Let’s prevent this government and future governments from becoming untouchable by ensuring that accountability is embedded in our nation’s structures. Let’s speak out against the government’s anti-dissent agenda and save our democracy 

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.


 

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The new Elections Bill is notorious for proposing to mandate voter ID at polling stations, further disenfranchising the most marginalised groups from our democratic processes.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The rest of the bill could silence charities, unions and campaign organisations like Best for Britain by changing the rules around joint campaigning. This could also diminish the power of progressive ideas by placing obstacles in the way of electoral pacts. 

In addition to reducing the power of civil society, the bill proposes to increase the power of Ministers to act unilaterally and decide which organisations can be proscribed from campaigning.

In combination with the recently passed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill, which will allow the Home Secretary to determine whether protest is acceptable or not, the Elections Bill constitutes an insidious power grab which will ultimately erode our democratic right to free expression and limit the potential for individuals across society to hold power to account.

Many of you have been appalled by the government’s attempts to clamp down on the right to free protest and you have helped us to raise over £30,000 in the fight for democratic rights. Will you help us continue our fight for better democracy and stop this insidious power grab by getting us to our £35,000 target? The more money that you help us 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.

Will you spare £10 in the fight for our democratic rights?

 

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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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.

Donations by debit/credit card are processed by Stripe.

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