Your Views

Our Nationwide Campaign

We’re crisscrossing the country, gathering your views about how to improve our communities and fix broken Britain.

We believe a major cause of the failures in UK politics is that politicians are out of touch with the people they represent. For too long, they’ve been spinning messages to win votes instead of listening and understanding what people want to improve their lives.

The Renew “Listen to Britain” campaign began in January in the real and virtual worlds and includes several different elements:

We held intensive workshops with 100 candidates and key supporters from across the country at our one-day launch in London in January. We heard views on how to renew local communities and address key problems, before sending them off – motivated and mobilised – to every corner of the UK.
In February and March, Renew party principals James Clarke and James Torrance visited 20 cities and towns to engage with people in all regions, including Mansfield, Manchester, Liverpool, Sunderland, York, Birmingham, Cardiff, Blackburn, Edinburgh, Darlington and Bristol.
We held 10 debates at universities in Oxford, Cambridge, York, Essex, Royal Holloway, Exeter, City, St Andrews, Durham and Nottingham. We spoke with young people about their future aspirations, student loans, concerns about career prospects, Brexit and other topical issues. Find more details below.
We’re meeting potential parliamentary candidates from all regions, adding to the 1200 applications we’ve received, interviewing aspiring candidates and providing training. We’ve also recruited more than 3500 volunteers and supporters to help build the party.
We’re campaigning in the streets and town centres, speaking with local people about their hopes and fears.
We’re meeting local civil society groups around the country, such as Blackburn’s SLYNC, which seeks to reconcile different faith groups and ethnic communities in the area.
We set up local Renew action groups on social media and face-to-face, headed by Regional Coordinators. These groups are sharing ideas and mobilising teams to engage with their communities on a platform for change.
We’re distributing surveys and soliciting responses online – as of April 1st, more than 1000 have been completed. We’ll process this data for a report to be issued in the summer.
We’ve given dozens of interviews and been the focus of reports in more than 200 local, national and international media in order to reach a broad cross-section of people with our party’s goals and values.
We’re using a range of social media platforms to engage with more and more people across the country, steadily building our following and provoking lively debates from all sides of the political spectrum.
Information and views we gather are being fed into our new policy committees to help shape a new vision for change over the year.

What have we heard so far?

  • While many are still concerned about Brexit, most want to talk about other issues, including the challenges faced every day: access to the NHS, lack of affordable housing, immigration, local transport and jobs.
  • Many from the traditional left and right are disenchanted with the current state of the mainstream parties and are extremely responsive to the idea of a new party made up of people from outside politics.
  • People are interested in new policies and ideas based on factual evidence and best practice, rather than rigid ideology.
  • People feel they haven’t been consulted by any major party on the topic of immigration for many years.
  • The North/South divide remains an issue, but so do the divisions between North-East and North-West.
  • Transportation, cultural and industrial links are extremely weak for historical reasons, which have not been resolved.
  • Efforts such as the Northern Powerhouse were only really adopted in Manchester and should be pushed again.
  • Devolution of power from London is a very popular issue, particularly in North-East England and Scotland.
  • Lack of local transport in the North-East and South-West is felt to be an important factor in limiting economic opportunities and dynamism. Employers struggle to hire people outside their immediate vicinity.
  • Some in the North of England see it as an an area of low-opportunity and low-aspiration, especially for the young.
  • Many admit to switching allegiances in the last few elections.
  • Many see housing, living standards, the NHS and political representation as key areas in need of reform.

What happens next?

Our Renew team, including candidates and supporters, will continue to engage in as many places as we can in many different ways.

We want you to tell us what’s working and what’s not working in the UK, what gives you hope and your priorities for change. Your views are what will stimulate debate on positive ideas for the future, including difficult questions of identity, immigration, independence and Britain’s place in the world.

Responses and proposed solutions will be used by Renew to inform a constructive public discussion about how to fix our broken politics, address social and economic inequalities and build a new 21st century vision for the UK.

Only by listening to each other will we be able to reunite our divided society and get Britain back on track.

We need your voice heard since everybody counts – please take our survey.

Get Involved

We need inspiring people from all ethnic, religious and social backgrounds to stand for parliament and support us in every part of the country. We have a positive vision to make Britain better and more equal than it has ever been before. We want this country to be open to Europe and the World, a place where anyone can become wealthy but nobody has to live in poverty.

Sign up