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‘Principled Voting’ not ‘Tactical Voting’

An Invitation to UK Parliamentary Candidates

DIEM25 UK is a political movement in the UK committed to the enhancement of democratic sovereignty at local, national, regional, and European levels. We are part of a European-wide movement, co-founded by Yanis Varoufakis, that values democratic sovereignty characterised by transparency (within and beyond the European Union). DIEM25 UK is now mobilising across all parts of the UK. As a response to the referendum result, DIEM25 UK has defined itself as a movement that advocates for a new approach to politics in the UK that acknowledges our intrinsic relationship with Europe, socially, economically and politically.

The snap election called for June 8th has left many of our members, like others in the public at large, uncertain of how to vote, or even whether to vote at all. We believe there should be electoral reform so that tactical voting is not needed and every vote counts, truly empowering people. However, faced with the system we have, we recognise that people have hard choices to make. We are offering an alternative:

to vote for a candidate who shares our vision of enhancing a democratic society, regardless of party affiliation.

We want to help elect MPs who will fight for our principles, and help maintain a presence in parliament that can lay the foundations of a better UK that will look to the future. We are inviting you to respond to our core commitments so that we can share your views with our membership. In the light of responses to these commitments, previous declarations, activities and voting records, we will declare our support for candidates to our membership, through our social networks, and in the media.

DiEM25 UK Commitments

Democracy

DIEM25 UK will investigate, expose and campaign to end anti-democratic interference and undue influence in political processes, particularly when this favours private interests at the expense of social, economic and environmental consequences.

Labour

DIEM25 UK will campaign to end deregulated labour policies which rob workers of their security and dignity, and against the privatisation of publicly owned assets and services.

Migration

DIEM25 UK believes that the UK must meet its international obligations on refugees from war-torn, destabilised countries. DiEM25 UK will also expose the causes of global instability and advocates political and economic solutions to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the causes of involuntary migration.

Finance

DIEM25 UK will campaign to transform the UK’s financial system to ensure adequate and equitable funding of public service and infrastructure investments through the creation of new public investment vehicles. We will also campaign to make our financial services industry more transparent and accountable.

Free movement

DIEM25 UK recognises the importance to the UK economy, public services and research and development of an international workforce and student body. We recognise too the legitimate claim to permanent residency of EU citizen children, carers, sick, disabled, retired and their spouses, who have made the UK their home. We will campaign to preserve the free movement of people between the UK and the EU.

Environment

DIEM25 UK proposes large-scale investment funding of green energy and sustainable practices including large scale green energy research projects together with decentralised assistance to small businesses, cooperatives and community initiatives that create local, sustainable development in cities and in rural areas through centralised funding.

Brexit

DIEM25 UK proposes that the UK should apply to join the European Economic Area (EEA) under the same broad terms as Norway, for an interim period of no less than the full term of the next Parliament. During this time, UK-EU relationships can be openly debated and decided by those mandated by the people of the UK, without spurious deadlines, external interference, and threats of ‘cliff edges’ and ‘hard’ exits from the EU.

UK Parliamentary Candidates who Share the Commitments of DIEM25

Our list includes representatives from the Labour Party (6); the Liberal Democrats (2); the Scottish National Party (2); Plaid Cymru (1); the Greens (1); the Scottish greens (1); the National Health Action Party (1) and the Womens’ Equality Party (1).

In the Conservative Party, we commend Anna Soubry for voicing her dissent, the contribution over the years on issues key to Britain’s future made by eminent parliamentarians such as Kenneth Clarke, and in particular the role of Baroness Warsi in the House of Lords in upholding positive values in Brexit Britain. But the failure of a substantial body of dissent in the Conservative party to call for a major national debate on the Brexit deal under way over the next two years (perhaps due to party discipline and perhaps due to individual concerns about re-election) makes it impossible to entrust our democracy to a Conservative party so influenced by ‘hard’ Brexit advocates within their own party, from UKIP, and from other external interest groups.

Caroline Lucas

Green Party of England and Wales, Brighton Pavilion

Caroline Lucas, is the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and argues that Britain could lead the way on climate change, She will continue to “put her constituents first by campaigning for Britain to remain as close to the European Union as possible and immediately guaranteeing rights of EU nationals here”, campaigning on housing, the NHS...
Clive Lewis

Labour, Norwich South

Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Defence in June 2016 and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in October 2016. He is calling for a second referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal to heal a divided country, and voted against the...
Hywel Williams

Plaid Cymru, Arfon

Hywel Williams MP, Plaid Cymru, was elected in 2015 to the Arfon seat. Appointed Head of the Centre for Social Work Practice at the University of Wales, in 1993, having worked as a mental health social worker in Dwyfor, Williams then became a freelance lecturer, consultant and writer in the fields of social policy, social...
John McDonnell

Labour, Hayes and Harlington

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington in 1997, became Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer in September 2015. Major architect of Labour’s alternative economic strategy and the current manifesto, committed to scrapping Theresa May’s Brexit plan; committed to introducing a bill to ensure workers’ rights are protected, to guaranteeing that EU nationals can remain...
Kelly-Marie Blundell

Liberal Democrats, Lewes

Kelly-Marie Blundell is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Lewes and became active in the party in order to engage more people in politics. Unashamedly pro-EU, Kelly-Marie organised marches following the referendum. She is well known for speaking up on the NHS and Sheltered Housing as well as leading debates on welfare and social security. Kelly-Marie...
Kelvin Hopkins

Labour, Luton North

Kelvin Hopkins, Labour MP for Luton North, was first elected to the Commons in 1997. His professional career was spent as an economist and policy researcher for trade unions, especially UNISON, and he is deeply sceptical of Labour’s conversion to free market economics. In one debate he described the private finance initiative as “irrational nonsense”,...
Lisa Nandy

Labour, Wigan

Lisa Nandy, elected Labour MP for Wigan in 2010. A strong advocate for a more humane and sensible refugee policy, she has repeatedly challenged the Home Office for outsourcing refugee housing contracts to private companies such as G4S and Serco, with disastrous effects on both the prospects of integration of refugees into the UK, and...
Louise Irvine

National Health Action Party, South West Surrey

Louise Irvine, is the National Health Action Party candidate standing against Jeremy Hunt in South West Surrey. She is ‘more than ready’ to challenge Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, as many Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Party members have agreed to back her. Irvine, who led a successful campaign against government plans to downgrade hospital services...
Matt Kerr

Labour and Co-operative, Glasgow South West

Matt Kerr, is the Labour and Co-op candidate for Glasgow South West. A critic of the current benefits system, he is seeking cross-party support for a universal basic income as a way of providing security when people change jobs much more frequently than in the past. He lobbied for changes to UK Border Authority and...
Mhairi Black

Scottish National Party, Paisley and Renfrewshire South

Mhairi Black became SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South in the 2015 general election while still a final year undergraduate student at the University of Glasgow. One of the youngest MP’s ever, she is, however, a longstanding critic of the Westminster government, for its unreality, arrogance and sexism. She considered not standing for a...
Nick Clegg

Liberal Democrats, Sheffield Hallam

Nick Clegg was Deputy Prime Minister in Britain’s coalition government from 2010 to 2015, Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015, and has been Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam since 2005. Previously an MEP, he is currently LD Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and LD Shadow Secretary of...
Patrick Harvie

Scottish Green Party, Glasgow Region

Patrick Harvie, co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party, Member of Scottish Parliament for the Glasgow Region and candidate in the UK 2017 General Election for Glasgow North. Patrick is the first openly bisexual Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom and has actively campaigned for civil partnership legislation and more recently for the TIE (Time...
Rebecca Long Bailey

Labour, Salford and Eccles

Rebecca Long Bailey is Labour MP for Salford and Eccles. Previously Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, she is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Rebecca Long Bailey has been an outspoken politician criticising the abysmal record of austerity policies by the conservative government. She stands for one of the...
Sophie Walker

Women’s Equality Party, Shipley

Sophie Walker is the leader of the Women’s Equality Party and is standing in Shipley. Walker, a Remain supporter, wants an “equality impact assessment” of any final Brexit deal, and the chance for MPs to vote it down if necessary. She is standing against a Tory MP who tried to derail a bill to protect...
Toni Giugliano

Scottish National Party, Edinburgh West

Toni Giugliano, SNP Candidate for Edinburgh West. Born in Italy, he was President of the Young European Movement in the United Kingdom. He has worked for a number EU organisations in Brussels, including the European University Association, where he represented the interests of 850 universities across Europe and successfully led a campaign that halted cuts...
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