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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “byelectionwhip”

"I will take action at the next by-election to educate people about what MPs actually do in Parliament but only if 10 other people will do the same."

— Julian Todd, co-creator of Public Whip

Deadline to sign up by: 1st September 2008
10 people signed up

Country: United Kingdom

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In this country political power comes from the ballot box during an election.

Political parties are too self-interested, irresponsible and entrenched to be trusted to provide the information the electorate needs to make an informed choice about their limited options.

The vacuous quality of the average party election leaflet, and the fact that this is all that the voters receive during a campaign, explains everything about the abysmal state of politics today.

I need volunteers to help design webpages and leaflets that are informed by under-reported Parliamentary events, and be willing to distribute them through letterboxes in the run-up to the next by-election. This is likely to be in Henley if Boris Johnson resigns his seat.

For more, see what was done during the Crewe and Nantwich by-election:

Part of the purpose is to gain experience for the General Election.

The most extreme example of an issue which needs to be raised during a re-election campaign is the Freedom of Information (Exemption of Parliament) Bill, reported here:

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  • I'd love to help, although it will have to be outside the constituency. I have particular concerns over the erosion of civil liberties due to a series of bad laws, and the perpetuation of the climate of fear.

    I will be writing to my MP to show my dissatisfaction.

    If anyone is interested, I have an added pledge writing to my MP about the erosion of our civil liberties here:
    Tom Kaneko, 12 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Julian Todd, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Aidan McGuire
  • Francis Irving
  • Chris Lintott
  • Tim Hart
  • Russell Whiting
  • ralph perry robinson
  • sajid ali
  • Tom Kaneko
  • Phil Shipley
  • garsin cheung

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