Renew officially launched the first wave of its ‘listening tour’ of Britain in London today, aimed at stimulating a new national dialogue to address the country’s political crisis. The campaign will involve the distribution of surveys by Renew candidates and supporters to thousands of people to understand what’s broken in Britain and what gives people hope. It will also be distributed on social media.
The campaign will also include debates at universities, schools and colleges, and visits to all UK regions including coastal towns, rural villages and big cities. People will be asked about Renew’s agenda on ways to revitalise their areas, protect the environment, create more educational and job opportunities, boost strained public services and support business, technological innovation and local economies. The party has already received hundreds of proposals on key issues. Findings from the tour will feed into policy making. Information will be shared publicly through regular reports.
“The established main parties have lost touch with the British people, many of whom feel politically abandoned and homeless. The UK desperately needs a new party with a new approach, ready to do the hard work of listening to Britain and giving people a genuine voice in politics,” said Sandra Khadhouri, a party principal and director of communications.
“Students have been telling us their concerns about social divisions, lack of a social safety net, low paid and insecure jobs,and loss of opportunity created by Brexit. We want to make sure we listen to youth around the country, so we can tap into their needs,” said James Clarke, a principal and head of outreach.
“We intend to be tough on Brexit and tough on the causes of Brexit. We’ll pressure MPs to consider the national interest and put Remain back on the table in a vote on the final EU deal. Meanwhile, we’ll also listen again to people and consider bold measures to help them,” said James Torrance, a party principal and head of strategy.
Renew is a newly registered political party set up by a group of independent candidates who stood in the June election 2017 on a campaign to Rethink Brexit, Renew Britain. Building on mass disaffection with existing political parties, Renew has enjoyed overwhelming support for its centrist agenda in addressing inequality and driving prosperity from a position of strength as a full EU member. So far, the party has recruited over 1000 supporters and received 450 candidate applications to be MPs – including from health workers, teachers, economists, public sector workers, retirees, students and working mothers. Renew aims to recruit 650 candidates to stand in every Parliamentary constituency in any future election and to campaign to Remain in the EU in any vote on the final deal.
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