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January 19, 2010

Voting campaign snowballs

It began with a letter to the Observer at the height of the MPs’ expenses scandal, complaining about the state of our politics and the lack of accountability to voters. Co- signed by several high profile figures, the letter has since snowballed into a mass campaign with over 40,000 people calling for a referendum on the voting system. All parties have started to take notice. The Vote for a Change campaign wants to keep building pressure right up until the election

Vote for change
What began as a letter to The Observer in May has snowballed into a campaign that is making inroads at No 10, filling conference halls and reaching out to supporters across the country.

The campaign rests on the assumption that politics is just too important to be left to the politicians. Voters need a choice on the future of our politics and their parliament. And that means a referendum on a new electoral system that really empowers voters. We hope you’ll join us.
• Helena Kennedy, QC
• Philip Pullman, author
• Damon Albarn, musician
• Stephen Fry, broadcaster
• John Sauven, Greenpeace
• Martin Bell
• Polly Toynbee, journalist
• Matthew Taylor*, RSA
• Susie Orbach, author and psychologist
• Jonathan Pryce, actor
• Caroline Lucas, Leader Green Party
• Brian Eno,musician
• Neal Lawson, Compass
• Colin Hines, Green New Deal
• Ken Ritchie, Electoral Reform Society
• Hari Kunzru, author
• Mark Thomas, comedian
• Oona King, ex Labour MP
• Michael Brown, journalist and ex Tory MP
• Pam Giddy, Power Inquiry
• Salma Yaqoob, Leader Respect
• Wes Streeting, NUS
• Gordon Roddick
• Lisa Appignanesi, Chair of PEN
• Prof James Forrester
• Carmen Callil, author and publisher
• Sunder Katwala*, Fabians
• Billy Bragg, musician
• Sam Tarry, Chair Young Labour
• Peter Facey, Unlock Democracy
• Prof David Marquand
• Dave Rowntree, musician
• Richard Reeves, Demos
• Ann Pettifor, Advocacy UK
• Prof Richard Sennett
• Sunny Hundal, Liberal Conspiracy
• Anthony Barnett, openDemocracy
• Richard Grayson, Social Liberal Forum
• John Harris, journalist
• Pete Myers,
• Steve Richards, journalist
• Tony Robinson, actor
• Richard Murphy, Tax Justice
• Jeremy Leggett, Solarcentury
• AC Grayling, philosopher
• Katie Hickman, author
• Benedict Southworth, World Development Movement
• Lance Price, journalist
• Ann Black, Labour activist
• Peter Tatchell, Human Rights campaigner
• Hilary Wainwright, Red Pepper
• David Aaronovitch, journalist
• Kevin Maguire, journalist
• Brian Caton, Prison Officers Association
• Dr Matthew Sowemimo, Director – Social Liberal Forum
• Andrew Simms, green campaigner
• Vivienne Westwood, Designer
• Tariq Ali
• Claire Rayner, Journalist
• Sir Iqbal Sacranie
• Malcolm Clark, Make Votes Count
• Nan Sloane, Centre for Women & Democracy
• Katherine Rake, Fawcett Society
• Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Democratic Audit
• Benjamin Zephaniah, Poet
• K T Tunstall, musician
• Nicholas Parsons, broadcaster
• John O’Farrell, author
• Richard Jobson, Film-maker