Tom Brake, former Member of Parliament, appointed as Director of Unlock Democracy

PRESS RELEASE:

Unlock Democracy is pleased to announce Tom Brake as their new Director. Tom was until recently the MP for Carshalton and Wallington.

Tom brings a wealth of campaigning experience to the role from his years in Parliament. In Westminster he was active in pushing for democratic reform, including extending Freedom of Information (FOI) laws to private companies like Serco and Capita when they undertake work for the public sector, defending UK elections from foreign interference, and for votes at 16.

Tom leads the organisation at a time when the UK’s democracy and political institutions are under strain from: the pressure of responding to Covid-19, which has seen the Government given civil liberties-threatening emergency powers; an attempt by Government to shut down Parliament; and ID checks which will stop some younger people and people from disadvantaged backgrounds voting.

Speaking on behalf of Unlock Democracy’s governing Council, Chair Jessica Metheringham, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Tom to Unlock Democracy. At this critical time for democracy, our challenge is to bring together people from different backgrounds and perspectives. Together we can counter the threats to our democracy and build a better foundation for our political system. Tom brings experience and enthusiasm and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Tom Brake added:

“It is a great honour to be appointed Director of an organisation with a strong campaign pedigree and an experienced and committed team.

“The risks are genuine. The freedoms people cherish in their day-to-day lives depend on a strong and vibrant democracy.  Unlock Democracy’s mission is to deliver a written constitution, drafted following an open and engaging public process. This is the best guarantee that the freedoms we enjoy now will continue to be exercised by our children and grandchildren.”

Unlock Democracy is a pressure group that campaigns for a vibrant, inclusive democracy that puts power in the hands of the people, underpinned by a written constitution created through a participative process.

 ENDS

About: Unlock Democracy is a grassroots campaign for democratic reform. It is owned and run by its members. Unlock Democracy believes politics must work for everyone because currently the rules of democracy aren’t fair. The organisation brings people together in an inclusive, supportive and inspiring movement for political reform, developing people’s skills, knowledge and confidence in order to build power and win significant political change.

Comment can be provided on a range democratic and constitutional reform issues including:

  • The UK’s constitution and the state of UK democracy, including: codifying the UK’s constitution through a constitutional convention including a new Bill of Rights; greater devolution of power from Westminster to the nations, regions, and local government institutions; human rights; the Government’s manifesto commitments to democracy (Page 48 proposals) including the Constitution Democracy, and Rights Commission.

  • Democratic reform, including: reforming the House of Lords; introducing limits on government and ministerial powers; lobbying transparency; reducing the influence of money in politics; the revolving door between the public and private sector.

    Electoral reform, including: lowering the age of franchise to 16; changing the electoral system from first past the post to a system of proportional representation.

* Cllr. Tahir Maher is a member of the LDV editorial team

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3 Comments

  • Peter Hirst 8th Oct '20 - 6:52pm

    I hope this appointment inspires members to support and join Unlock Democracy at this pivotal time for our democracy.

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