DONATE: Donate: Fight back against unaccountable politicians and the erosion of our democracy
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.