In 1990, an obscure professor defeated rich Republican incumbent Rudy Boschwitz in the US Senate race for Minnesota. Outspent by a 7-1 margin, Paul Wellstone defied pollsters and pundits to deliver an election victory for people from outside politics. A funny TV advert for his campaign was shorter than usual because, in Wellstone’s own words: “I don’t have six million dollars, so I’m going to have to talk fast”.
In Britain, the underdog can win too. 1945’s surprise victory for Labour came at a time of unprecedented social change in the aftermath of World War Two. We now face a similarly pivotal moment as the country struggles to deal with the effects of the EU referendum. Business as usual, it isn’t.
What’s more, election upsets are no longer as surprising as they once were. Donald Trump ran a far cheaper campaign than Hillary Clinton in 2016 and was considered a serious underdog – yet he won the presidency regardless. That year’s vote for Brexit in the UK was also an unexpected victory for the Leave campaign. Since then, populists around the world have succeeded in getting elected as a growing number of people protest economic insecurity in the aftermath of 2008’s financial crisis.
Obviously, Renew is not part of this right-wing populist wave. We reject the cynical approach of illiberal demagogues. Yet the lessons of the past few years have put to bed the idea that political upsets cannot happen in old democracies like ours. Indeed, with the clever use of modern media and digital platforms, it is entirely possible to run a successful political campaign with a relatively small budget. It costs nothing to bring thousands of ordinary people together on a WhatsApp group. A party event on Facebook can snowball into something much bigger simply by users sharing its details to their friends.
There is a world of possibilities out there for an innovative and agile new force in UK politics, despite our system’s hostility to new parties. Pessimism – centred on outdated ideas about ‘splitting the vote’ or change being ‘impossible’ – is being dreamt away by positivity and new campaigning techniques. Establishment money and the historical record can give institutional parties a head start, but that alone is no longer enough to win them elections.
One thing is certain: if a 1945 moment is to happen in the UK, we must first toss out the idea that a fresh start is foolish. In the era of the political underdog, such thoughts are no longer accurate.
People are ready to back a political start-up and Renew has put its hat in the ring. We think you will agree that there has never been a better time to support a party of people from outside politics, taking on an Establishment that has failed the people it is supposed to represent. It is time to reject the lies, reform politics and reboot Britain.
It’s depressing to be told that your vote doesn’t count. Last year at the general election 22 million votes were ‘wasted’ - they did not count in the final total.
They were ‘wasted’ because our system does not recognise the proportional value of each vote. That’s the first past the post system for you. Is it any wonder that people think ‘why bother’ with this democracy thing?
Because of this, our democracy is a lazy one. There are areas where ‘a blue rosette on a donkey could win’, swapping the colour blue for red in Labour areas. There will be no change in the elected representative, because there is no incentive in ‘safe’ seats. Accountability is lost when seats are considered safe, so we get candidates who remain in parliament for years. Monopolies, in politics as well as business, breed contempt, with no competition and no vigorous debate.
Safe seats also make the opposition lazy; it doesn’t try in areas it ‘can’t’ win. So it often fields ‘paper’ candidates, ones who stand as tokens in the system. These people don’t expect nor often want to win, but stand to give the illusion of a democracy even when it doesn’t exist. They even sign forms to say they will not actively canvass or campaign to avoid spending money. That is democracy in our country: dysfunctional and unrepresentative.
Our democracy needs reform. The EU referendum vote was a loud and clear call for change, even if that change wasn’t clear. Yet voters were told that their vote counted - and it did. So now is the time to offer systematic change in elections by reforming our lazy democracy. That means changing how our votes are counted, renewing campaigning laws and fighting for a chance to represent the population.
It is a privilege and an honour to represent people at a local, national or international level. It is high time our politics reflected that with votes that matter.
By Annabel Mullin, Renew Party Leader
The majority of the NHS’s imports come from overseas businesses, and rising import costs post- Brexit pose a significant threat to purchasing budgets. Around £5.7bn per year (or around 4% or the NHS’s overall budget) is currently being spent on the procurement of supplies and medical equipment.
This means that there are huge potential savings to be made by streamlining current procurement procedures in order to ensure maximum efficiency.  For example, falls have been estimated to cost the NHS around £2bn per year, but a new technology introduced to the Salford Royal Foundation Trust has the potential to reduce patient falls by up to 57%. Light therapy sleep masks have also been introduced in select practices to tackle the progressive blindness caused by diabetes and macular degeneration, and it is claimed that these technologies alone could save the NHS up to £1bn per year.
This is would be enough to cover the earnings of an extra 16,000 junior doctors. The benefits to both patients and the NHS as a whole from such initiatives could be enormous.  The procurement process at present is complex, fragmented, and in drastic need of reform. Even once a product has been approved, procurements teams must convince every hospital to adopt it one by one, something smaller businesses cannot easily afford to do.
The main goal of hospital procurement staff is reduce their individual purchasing prices, rather than concentrating on strategies that reduce costs for their organisation as a whole. The disunited purchasing structure of the NHS has meant that the adoption of new technologies has turned into a ‘postcode lottery’. 
It is vital moving forward that the focus of solving the challenges of NHS procurement moves towards establishing a national standard for product pricing and reducing product variation. This will allow major savings to be made through aggregation.
Several initiative has already been established to achieve these aims;
- The Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) programme has produced a list of products recommended for purchase by NHS organisations. By stimulating overall demand, this will reduce total purchasing costs and allow for greater saving. It is estimated that the purchase cost of couch roles alone could be reduced by up to 15% using this method.
- The High Cost Tariff Excluded Devices programme aims to centralise procurement of high-tech devices to achieve greater pricing transparency.
- The Trusted Customer Company programme allows senior procurement experts to develop closer working relationships with the NHS supply chain, combining efforts to optimise strategy for priority product categories.
- The independent NHS Clinicians Evaluation Team conducts centralised product evaluation and selects products for use in NHS organisations, reducing the need for local evaluation activities. 
This work could and should be done by a single, centralised body, with the responsibility of receiving, processing and evaluating product initiatives submitted to it. This organisation could then assess which technologies should be applied regionally or nationally and in which departments, and be able to mandate the uptake of some and strongly recommend the uptake of others. 
"Renew is interested in championing precision public health and precision medicine. Data driven innovation, amalgamating knowledge and with the emphasis on smarter systems is just one arm of our NHS policy. Centralising procurement has significant benefits and savings and whilst the work so far has been impressive there is a need for a more coherent approach."
Call to Arms, British Expats – Your country needs you – Aux Armes Citoyens Britanniques!
An Appeal from Renew, the UK’s most credible new political party
Britain is in serious trouble, with all the established political parties fighting for their own agendas and survival instead of the best interest of the country. Brexit is a train crash waiting to happen and Renew is urging a rethink to prevent this calamity.
Renew is a new party that aims to reverse Brexit and restore our influential position in Europe, allowing us to focus on what really matters in the UK. We know the Brexit vote was a symptom of deeper discontent with the way things are run in Britain. It was a kick against the establishment, against inequality and austerity, against a system that hasn’t worked for everyone. It was a protest by people who feel neglected and whose lives have not improved. Renew is building policies to address their grievances so people realise there’s a better way to solve their problems than Brexit.
Leaving the EU will hurt everyone – including you as British expats. Since the drop in sterling, your spending power has gone down and your future is uncertain as your rights are being traded away in negotiations. After Brexit you may face extra taxes and a loss of free health care and you’ll lose freedom of movement rights across the rest of the EU along with 65 million other Brits. Renew will safeguard your rights by persuading people – politicians and
citizens alike – that we must stop Brexit for the good of us all.
The tide is turning, now we know more what Brexit really means. There’s still time to stop this ruinous path if we all act now. We’re lobbying for a ‘people’s vote’ on the final EU deal, along with other campaigning groups. This time, let’s do it right. We’ll push for you to have vote as a British national, no matter how long you’ve lived abroad.
In the meantime, you can do four things to help us help you:
- Follow us on social media and sign on as a supporter
Register to vote in your last constituency if you’ve lived abroad less than 15 years.
You need to be ready to play your part in case there’s another ‘people’s vote’ on the
final EU deal or a snap election. Here’s the link https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Please make a donation – up to £500 if you’re not still on the UK Electoral Register
and any amount if you’re still allowed to vote in the UK.
Spread the word to relatives and friends in the UK to support Renew, follow us on
social media and donate.
Renew will fight your corner but we need everyone to play their part now while there’s still time to change our future.
Find out more at www.renewbritain.org or email us at [email protected]
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New party Renew welcomes local elections result, taking votes from all parties, and beating Liberal Democrats, Greens and UKIP in key target wards
New centrist party Renew welcomed local election results, as candidates picked up votes from all parties and beat Liberal Democrats, Greens and UKIP in target wards. The party, which officially launched in February, ran campaigns in 16 wards in London and North Tyneside on a platform to stop Brexit and fight for a fairer Britain, with better representation from committed candidates.
David Britten, Renew head of operations and candidate in St Mary’s Ward, Wandsworth: “We’re proud of all our candidates and supporters and grateful for their enthusiasm and efforts. Though we didn’t win seats, it’s a success for us to have achieved so much, so quickly, without the major resources of others. We gained great campaign experience and connected to people, showing them who we are and what we stand for. We’ve demonstrated the appetite for a new centrist party and shown we’re ready for the fight.”
James Cousins, Renew councillor in Shaftesbury Ward, Wandsworth, was upbeat despite losing his seat. “Though squeezed by the two main parties in this major battleground, we showed we can take votes away from them and be competitive against the Liberal Democrats, Greens and UKIP. For example, Chris Coghlan won 10% of the vote in Balham. As a councillor for 20 years, I have no regrets about leaving the Tories and then standing for Renew because it’s what I believe in. People responded to the feeling that we really represent them, rather than parties that have moved to the extreme right and left. The demand is there for Renew from among the millions of politically homeless in this country.”
Tom Bailey, standing in the North East, came ahead of other parties in Tynemouth, North Tyneside. “On the campaign trail, people liked the idea of building a new party from the grassroots up. While some were anxious about Brexit, others preferred to talk about taking back control locally, through community-led neighbourhood planning. Our challenge will be to break through people’s tribal loyalties and offer them a better model of democracy. This could be the solution to the Brexit nightmare, which has split the country down the middle.”
Jane Hilton stood with husband George Hilton in Wandsworth, gaining several hundred votes each and beating some Liberal Democrat candidates: “Our platform to stop Brexit and address people’s core concerns in a more meaningful way really resonated, especially with the many pro-EU voters and European nationals. People are concerned that economic damage caused by Brexit will lead to more cuts to local authorities, including services like policing, leading to a rise in street crime.”
James Torrance, Renew Party Principal: “This is a good result for us, as a brand new party charting a different way forward. We are responding to the clear message that people are fed up with the major parties, anxious about Brexit and feel existing politicians are out of touch. We will keep listening and building our vision of a modern Britain open to free markets and technological change, while ensuring that big social divisions and inequalities are addressed.”
Sandra Khadhouri, Renew Party Principal: “This is just the beginning. We will now focus on mobilising our grassroots base of 4000 supporters and volunteers and 1000 people who applied to be Parliamentary candidates, so we can ensure our agenda for change is based on real needs. Our sights are set on future elections – campaigning to Remain in a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal and challenging a general election which, judging by the state of the current government, may come sooner rather than later. Renew is the party of the future.”
Third councillor, a veteran Labour politician, defects to Renew as new centrist party contests local elections
Renew has gained its third seat in local government in another defection to the party, as further proof of its appeal as the natural home of the politically disaffected. John Ferrett, a Labour veteran of 27 years who quit the party in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, joined Renew this week. He takes his place alongside two other defectors, who came to Renew after first breaking away from their parties to sit as independents.
Councillor Ferrett, a former Labour group leader of Portsmouth City Council, applauded Renew for “bravely” establishing a centrist alternative to the far-left and hard-right extremes of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour and Theresa May’s Conservatives: ‘‘I urge centrists to support this new movement offering the many millions of politically homeless voters a positive alternative to the political extremes. Rather than looking back to an imagined golden age of empire or reheating the failed policies of the 1970s, Renew is about looking forward, striving to work in partnership, seeking consensus, and dealing with the world as it is, not as ideologues believe it should be.”
Renew secured its first representation in local government last Autumn, when Judi Sutherland, a long-time Labour councillor in Durham’s Barnard Castle, switched to Renew.
Long-serving former Conservative James Cousins – a councillor in the key London borough of Wandsworth – joined the new party last month.
Renew also recently welcomed popular Labour veteran Mike Le Surf, a former councillor in Brentwood and parliamentary candidate in South Basildon, Essex. Le Surf will stand for Renew in the next general election.“There is a passion and a vision within Renew that offers a different future for our country. I feel party politics has become areal turn-off so a full slate of Renew candidates from outside politics, chosen on merit is so refreshing. And now that the disastrous facts of a hard Brexit are becoming clearer, Renew offers the best chance to stay in the EU and reform our country.”
The gains have spurred on the party, as 16 Renew candidates contest seats in May 3rd local elections in London and the North East. Renew’s brand of open, inclusive, trustworthy politics is increasingly finding favour with disillusioned voters and politicians. Le Surf joins more than 220 parliamentary candidates selected from over 1000 applications nationwide. The grassroots party has 4000 registered volunteers and supporters and aims to mobilise 650 candidates to campaign in elections on a platform to remain in the EU and renew Britain.
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New centrist party Renew receives positive response in local elections campaign with message to stop Brexit and restore integrity to politics
Renew candidates campaigning for council seats in May 3rd local elections are reporting a last minute surge of support among politically homeless voters, especially in the key Conservative stronghold of Wandsworth which voted 75% to remain in the EU referendum. Renew has 16 candidates campaigning for seats on councils in North Tyneside in the North East, and London’s Tower Hamlets, South Ealing, Chiswick. Greenwich and Wandsworth. Candidates are urging people to send a message to government to stop the Brexit process and focus on fixing the many problems that led to it.
Founder Chris Coghlan is standing in Wandsworth, along with 8 other Renew candidates: “We’re noticing much stronger support as the most active anti-Brexit party here. People are angry and turning away from the Conservatives and Labour with their hard Brexit positions. They’re coming to us as a serious and credible alternative.”
The party is appealing for votes from EU nationals, barred from voting in the referendum, as well as many voters disgruntled with established parties. Candidate Caroline Poschl is an economist and Austrian Londoner: “I’ve examined the government’s own forecasts and impact assessments and people are right to worry. Brexit will hollow out the high street. Local jobs and amenities will be lost but the main effect will be a creeping one – our local businesses, services and incomes will be hampered for decades.”
Renew is also calling for more central government funding for councils struggling to deliver basic services after eight years of Conservative cutbacks. Some local budgets have been slashed by as much as 40%. Renew’s chief of operations and former policeman David Britten is standing in the Wandsworth ward of St Mary’s: “The discontent and anger caused by the cuts is palpable. Promises to build more affordable housing have not been kept. Crime is rising; health care and social services are in crisis. When we explain our vision of how politics could be, delivered by people of integrity from outside the system putting communities first, they see we’re the only viable option.”
On the doorstep, Renew candidates are finding voters eager to turn their backs on the ineffectual status quo of left-right political extremes. The party’s brand of open, inclusive, trustworthy politics is resonating with local voters across the UK. Alex Jacob is one of two Renew candidates in North Tyneside: “We’re getting a lot of support from local people concerned that British politics has headed to the extremes and is ignoring the vast majority of people who naturally prefer a centre-ground, pragmatic party.”
Background: Renew is a registered political party established in Autumn 2017 on a campaign to Rethink Brexit, Renew Britain. Building on mass disaffection with political parties, Renew has enjoyed overwhelming support for its centrist agenda to address inequality and create a new vision for modern Britain. Renew aims to deploy 650 credible candidates for any future election and will campaign to remain in the EU in any vote on the final deal. For further information: see www.renewbritain.org or email Party Principal and Head of Communications Sandra Khadhouri [email protected] 0203 239 1692 or 07968 862195.
Renew, the most advanced new party in UK politics, has issued an open offer to join forces with those planning to follow its lead in staking out the centre ground of UK politics.Potential parties have been a recent focus in the media. (“New centrist party gets £50m backing to ‘break mould’ of UK politics”, Observer, 8 April 2018). “It’s encouraging to see so many recognising the need for a party like ours,” says Renew principal James Torrance. “We’re well on our way to breaking the mould of two-party politics, bringing new voices into politics from all walks of life, people with integrity and courage to fight for their communities.”
Renew is encouraging people of all political persuasions to join its visionary people-centred party. Its support is drawn from those alarmed by the Brexit path, party infighting and politicians bent on shelving their principles and the national interest in favour of party loyalty. “People deserve to know another future is possible now, not next year. There’s still time to stop the discredited major parties pushing through a damaging Brexit, so we can get on with the business of real change that people are crying out for,” said Party principal Sandra Khadhouri. “We offer the whole package: a modern progressive party of the people with a vision of renewal, opportunity and social mobility. Let’s all fight for a fairer UK that celebrates its traditions and retains the benefits of EU membership.”
Since Renew launched in Autumn last year, Renew has received over 1000 applications from potential parliamentary candidates from across the country and been inundated with offers of support from 3,500 volunteers and supporters. The party has also recruited regional coordinators to manage local campaigns. Renew’s campaign to contest seats in upcoming local elections has received a positive response on the doorstep, with many encouraged to hear of a genuine alternative. Over the next few months, Renew will be releasing details of its policy programme, based on best practice and the concerns of people canvassed during its ongoing Listen to Britain nationwide tour.
Principal James Clarke described the party’s appeal. “We are rapidly becoming the political home of choice for millions of disaffected people who fear the UK will become an inward-facing island of inequality, insignificance and economic decline. We are open to politically homeless politicians too, but only if committed to our vision for radical change. For those wanting change, the time is now.”
Background: Renew is a registered political party set by a group of independent candidates who stood in 2017 elections on a campaign to Rethink Brexit, Renew Britain. Building on mass disaffection with existing political parties, Renew has enjoyed overwhelming support for its centrist agenda to address inequality and create a new vision for modern Britain. Renew aims to recruit and train 650 credible candidates for any future election and will campaign to remain in the EU in any vote on the final deal. For further information: see www.renewbritain.org or contact Renew Press Office at [email protected] 0203 239 1692 or 07968 862195.
Renew Political Party to challenge local elections across London and North East, seizing ground as the new centrist party
Renew, the most credible new party in UK politics, is challenging discredited established parties in key local elections on May 3rd. Campaigning is well underway in Renew’s first test at the ballot box. While others toy with the idea of a new party, Renew candidates are already on the ground offering voters a genuine opportunity for real change. “We’re doing the hard graft of building a party now, as there’s a clear need. Standing in local elections shows we’re not just a talking shop. We’re building support from the grassroots up and working on a new agenda for the UK,” said Renew Principal James Clarke.
16 Renew candidates are vying for seats on local councils in North Tyneside in the North East, and Wandsworth, Tower Hamlets, South Ealing, Chiswick and Greenwich in London. Renew candidates are standing on a platform to stop Brexit which is harming local and national interests, so councils can better address underlying grievances and improve local communities after years of neglect.
Some are entering politics for the first time, spurred by a sense of duty and despair over Brexit and the dismal performance of government and opposition. Tom Bailey, a chartered surveyor and director of a technology company is the Renew candidate for Tynemouth. “It’s time we pushed back against the politics of fear and mistrust and handed back to residents some real control over their community, with more decisions taken at neighbourhood level on issues like traffic, development and regeneration. We need to stop throwing money at Brexit and concentrate on what matters to local people.”
Renew is also standing nine candidates in local elections in Wandsworth, a key battleground in London, where former Conservative councillor James Cousins has already defected to the party: “I left the Conservatives because they represented backward-looking factions and interests rather than the ambitions of local residents. I’m proud to lead Renew locally and offer
a genuine alternative for people no longer represented by the hijacked traditional parties.”
The party hopes to draw support from among the three million EU citizens living in Britain, who were barred from voting in the referendum but who can participate in local elections.
Renew founder Chris Coghlan is standing in Balham. “Our message to voters is not to let party politics get in the way of real change. We also encourage our valued EU nationals to vote for us in Wandsworth, so we can advocate for their interests in the face of the Conservative government’s cynical and divisive approach to Brexit.”
Daria Hass is standing in Queenstown. “After over 20 years as head teacher, and seeing the degradation of resources for housing and education, it’s time to make a difference. The wishes of local people must be heard and opportunities recreated.” The party is campaigning for more central government funding for local councils after eight years of Conservative austerity.
Council budgets have been cut by as much 40%, leaving the social and infrastructural fabric of communities in tatters. Neighbourhoods are crumbling, social care is suffering, pollution is increasing and some sports centres and libraries have been forced to close. This is happening while the Conservative government dishes more false promises and limp rhetoric about better times ahead after Brexit.
Party principals stressed those thinking of forming parties were taking too long to act. “It’s encouraging that so many people recognise the need for a new party”, explained Principal James Torrance. “At Renew, we believe the best way to break through is by bringing new voices into politics from all walks of life, people with integrity and the courage to fight for their communities. That’s what breaking the political mould means for us.”
Principal Sandra Khadhouri urged immediate action. “We’re proud to stand in elections, responding to public demand for something new. By the time other parties set up, it will be too late to offer a genuine alternative. With major parties pushing us in the wrong direction, we urge activists and donors to join us now. People deserve to know another future is possible.”
Full list of Renew local council candidates
Tom Bailey –Tynemouth
Alex Jacobs – South Monkseaton
Chris Coghlan – Balham
James Cousins – Shaftesbury
Daria Hass – Queenstown
David Britten – St Marys Park
Jane Hilton – Northcote
George Hilton – Fairfield
Carolyn Poschl – Latchmere
James Blair – Nightingale
Nicky Blair – Southfields
Rest of London
Peter Ward – Elthorne, Ealing
Ese Adjekughele – Plumstead, Greenwich
Ziaur Rahman – Woolwich Common, Greenwich
Iain Howell – Chiswick Homefields, Chiswick
Spencer Wood – Weavers, Tower Hamlets
Renew is a registered political party set up by a group of independent candidates who stood in the June election 2017 on a campaign to Rethink Brexit, Renew Britain. Building on mass disaffection with existing political parties, Renew has enjoyed overwhelming support for its centrist agenda to address inequality and create a new vision for modern Britain – from a
position of strength as a full EU member. So far, the party has welcomed 3,500 volunteers and supporters and received 1000 applications to be parliamentary candidates from all over the UK – including health workers, teachers, economists, public sector workers, media. Renew is recruiting 650 credible candidates for any future election and will campaign to Remain in the
EU in a public vote on Brexit terms and conditions.
For more information, please contact Sandra Khadhouri, Principal & Director of Communications, at Renew party press office [email protected] 0203 239 1692/ 07968 862195
For media interviews in North East, please contact Renew regional coordinator, [email protected] tel: 07960 314537