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:
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.