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We co-ordinate the Notwestminster local democracy network - collecting, sharing and creating new ideas for doing local democracy, with digital. We're part of LocalGov Digital.

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"What is democracy for?"

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"What is democracy for?"

The peaceful settlement of disputes.
solving communal problems
democracy is for bringing people together to work out what's best for everyone
making decisions together
Democracy is for giving people a chance in life no matter what background they came from. Democracy is for allowing people to make there views known and to speak out about things they want changing. Democracy is for letting people do whatever they want in life.
live together without killing each other
Democracy is the representation of the few who voted. We need to overcome voter apathy
Democracy is for all, in its many forms, but everyone needs to make sure they're registered to vote. It's not the only way to access democracy, but registering shows an intent to get involved and participate. That makes people / parties / mainstream media LISTEN.
For making decisions about things which affect us all, and for which we share responsibility
Democracy is for making you not give up when something terrible happens, because you still believe that you have a voice. Democracy is hope.
it should be a way for people who only share some things in common to find ways for us all to work together

"Who is your local democracy hero and why?"

My friend Maryam is doing her best to stand in the way of the Orange Line Train, which is destroying heritage sites and displacing thousands of people in the city of Lahore.
my local democracy hero is the Blackpool Supporters Trust that are bringing open and democratic fan values to Blackpool Football Club.
Peter McFadyen
Churchill standing up for freedom
You can't say fairer than a councillor who will stand in front of a bulldozer for you, take part in your crazy schemes and notice when you're in trouble.
test from Andy
my friend's mum, who is always prepared to get involved in things and take on some work. Even though I don't agree with her political views, I really respect her energy.

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