Democracy Club

Getting things done in your constituency

Wordpress plugin for MeetYourNextMP.com

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If you run a blog using the WordPress platform, perhaps one about your town or region, it is straight forward to add a list of election events in your local area. This helps to inform your visitors and gives them opportunities to meet their possible next MP!

Emailing 1,800 people

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To help make YourNextMP.com the best list of candidates there is, we emailed 1,800 candidates from 2010, asking them if they were standing again.

Help from designers wanted!

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We’re after help from any and all sorts of designers to make our sites better.

A fair fight?

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Nesta have an interesting blog post up about big data at the next election. It’s painful reading: it makes it sound like the election campaign will be something done by politicians to the rest of us. (Again).

mySociety

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Following on from yesterday’s post about some initial projects, here is a guest post from mySociety’s Myf Nixon.

Mapping the projects

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As I said on Sunday, keeping track of all the projects and tools out there is a little overwhelming sometimes.

The odd one out

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In the past two or three years — that is, at any time since the Arab Spring, since the tsunami hit Fukushima, or since William and Kate got married — have you discussed politics?

Restarting

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Although I wan’t involved in organizing Democracy Club before the 2010 election, I did get involved as a volunteer. I uploaded election leaflets that were shoved through my door (as well as getting everyone I knew to give me their leaflets to upload), called up my MP Richard Bacon, asking him why he hadn’t filled out the candidate survey and I even made a little project that stored the major party manifestoes and made them searchable.

We need to talk

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We have a lot of plans and ideas for how to make democracy and elections better that we’ll be blogging and emailing about over the coming months.