Newcastle Republic conference, July 15, asking how we can take back control

27 June 2017

Campaign group Republic is to hold its Annual Convention in Newcastle on Saturday July 15.

Speakers include local MP Chi Onwurah, new Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad, former Greens leader Natalie Bennett, Newcastle academic Martin Farr and Swedish MP Christina Örnebjär.

The Republic Convention is asking how citizens can really take back control from the powerful institutions of Westminster.

The event will ask: How democratic is Britain? If we really want political control, what reforms do we need in Westminster? How does the monarchy shape and reflect a centralised and secretive British state? Can we learn from our European neighbours?

The convention is open to everyone and will hear a range of speakers who will look at these issues. It's an opportunity to find out what reforms Republic proposes for Britain's democracy - and why the battle to take control needs to begin at home.

Graham Smith, Republic's CEO, said today:

"We're really excited about being in Newcastle for the 2017 Republic Convention.  These are difficult political times and there's a real need for serious democratic reform.  We think this conference will offer some real answers to the challenges ahead."

"Britain needs a re-balancing of power between people, parliament and government.  That can only really happen if we become a fully-fledged republic with a fully elected parliament and an effective head of state."

"We're delighted we've got such a great line-up of speakers who I'm sure will give the convention a lot to discuss and think about for the future."

"We think we'll get a good reception in the North East and from Newcastle in particular.  The region has a rich history and a strong sense of local identity that perhaps isn't reflected in our national institutions."

"This convention comes at a time when Republic is working hard to challenge royal corruption and abuse of public money - as well as raising questions about wider democratic reform."

NOTES

The Republic Convention is from 11am to 5pm on Saturday June 15 at:

Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 4JA

More details at www.republic.org.uk/newcastle