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PRESS RELEASE

Progressive Alliance for Cornwall: public meeting March 25th 2017

25th March 09.30am to 12.45pm, County hall, Treyew road, Truro, TR1 3AY  

A newly formed Progressive Alliance for Cornwall is hosting its first public meeting on the 25th March on how progressive parties including the Green Party, Mebyon Kernow, Liberal Democrats and Labour can work together to oust the Tories. It will emphasise common ground rather than party differences and urge parties to work together to promote strong public services, a Green economy and real devolution for Cornwall.

They are also pro electoral reform. Coordinator, Gavin Barker said “The EU referendum showed that when people know that every vote counts, they come out in high numbers. We need a new voting system that builds on that; where the number of seats won better reflects the number of votes cast for a party, so that no vote is wasted.

At the last election the Conservatives secured absolute power with the support of less than 24% of the electorate; while five million votes gained by UKIP and the Greens resulted in just one seat for each of them.”

Speakers from both in and outside Cornwall will address these issues in the light of the EU referendum and Britain’s exit from the EU. They include Neal Lawson from the national  think-do  tank Compass which supports  other grassroots progressive alliance initiatives and Owen Winter  who campaigns nationally for Make Votes Matter and lives in Wadebridge.

To register online and for updates on the conference programme go to https://progressivealliancecornwall.com/conference/

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