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Best for Britain responds to Conservative manifesto

The Best for Britain campaign today responded to the Conservative party manifesto pledge on Brexit.

Gina Miller of Best for Britain commented:

“Achieving what is Best for Britain requires a leader with an open mind, rather than one who is inflexible.  The Conservative manifesto shuts down options for our country, and makes it clear that the Tories are committing to a bad deal forced upon us by the other 27 member states or leaving with no deal at all.  This is not giving neither Parliament or people real choice.

“It is crucial that this election results in a strong and effective Parliament to will hold the Prime Minister to account. Scrutiny and accountability are the bedrocks of our constitution. We need representatives in Parliament to stand up and ask questions, and not be afraid to hold the Government to account; representatives who will reflect the views of all of their constituents.

“That is why Best for Britain is supporting candidates who have an open mind and are determined to fight for a vote with all options on the table.

That includes Conservative candidates who will fight for what is right for the country, fight for a real choice on the final deal and reject this government’s form of Extreme Brexit.”

The Best for Britain campaign raised over £390,000 via crowdfunding to encourage voter engagement in the general election and support parliamentary candidates who will resist an extreme Brexit

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Press Release: Gina Miller’s Best for Britain announces support for parliamentary candidates

 

Nick Clegg, Clive Lewis and Sarah Olney on Gina Miller’s list

Today Gina Miller’s Best for Britain campaign has announced support for 16 parliamentary candidates – or champions – who will fight to stop an extreme Brexit.

 

The Best for Britain Champions (alphabetical order)

 

  1. Tom Brake, Carshalton and Wallington, Lib Dem
  2. Kevin Brennan, Cardiff West, Labour
  3. Nick Clegg, Sheffield Hallam, Lib Dem
  4. Fabian Hamilton, Leeds North East, Labour
  5. Mark Hunter, Cheadle, Lib Dem
  6. Rupa Huq, Ealing Central and Acton, Labour
  7. Peter Kyle, Hove, Labour
  8. Clive Lewis, Norwich South, Labour
  9. Caroline Lucas, Brighton Pavilion, Green
  10. Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East, Labour
  11. Sarah Olney, Richmond Park, Lib Dem
  12. Tulip Siddiq, Hampstead and Kilburn, Labour
  13. Andy Slaughter, Hammersmith, Labour
  14. Lisa Smart, Hazel Grove, Lib Dem
  15. Jo Stevens, Cardiff Central, Labour
  16. Gareth Thomas, Harrow West, Labour

The campaign will be carrying out its own activities in identified key constituencies. We will also be supporting the Best for Britain candidates with donations in line with the limits specified by the Electoral Commission, local ads, endorsements, visits, venue hire costs if possible, Facebook and hyper-targeted social media adverts as well as focussed digital marketing.

 

The Best for Britain Champions are supportive of our position that MPs must have the right to a full and free vote on the terms of any future UK-EU deal, with all options on the table. The candidates must do what is Best for Britain.

The campaign has raised over £380,000 through GoFundMe for its general election activities which have come from over 12,000 individuals across the UK.

As well as directly supporting candidates, Best for Britain is also:

 

Driving youth and women voter registration and turnout.

Last week, Best for Britain gave three grants to Bite the Ballot, My Life My Say and Citizens UK who are all working to increase youth registration. The campaign aims to reach over 1,000,000 young people through social media adverts to encourage young people to register to vote.

 

Notes for editors

Best for Britain is a non-partisan organisation campaigning ensure the final negotiation with the EU ends with the best deal for Britain. You can read the Best for Britain Charter here.

Gina Miller is the founder and a board member of Best for Britain.

The GoFundMe crowdfunder which is supporting the campaign is the biggest ever political crowdfunder in the UK.

The campaign aims to inspire the biggest ever tactical vote in British history, to prevent a hard Brexit.

For more information please contact:

Padraig Reidy

padraig@89up.org

07947 242476

Press Release: Best for Britain Partners With Bite the Ballot, My Life My Say and Citizens UK In Major Targeted Voter Registration Drive

Social advertising campaign will reach One Million Young People

The Best for Britain campaign, spearheaded by Gina Miller is launching a new drive to sign up young people to vote in next month’s general election in partnership with Bite the Ballot, My Life My Say and Citizens UK. Over a million young people are not signed up to vote.

 

To launch the drive, Youtubers Taha Khan, Jazza John and Leena Normington will release interviews with Gina Miller and Eloise Todd, CEO of Best for Britain on the plan to energise thousands more young people a actively participate in having a say in their future.

 

The combined efforts of all the organisations involved and their partners will be the biggest voter registration drive during this 2017 general election campaign.

 

Best for Britain have granted £55,000 of the £375,000 raised via crowdfunding to the three organisations for activities and events. This money will specifically aid the organisations in their campaign initiatives in the run-up to the deadline for voter registration on May 22.

 

YouGov polling from last week demonstrates that there is a gulf of opinion between younger and older voters on issues like taxation, education and immigration. These are key issues for the future of Britain’s young people, but those under 25 are the least likely to vote. The grants will support a-political online advertising, social content and on the ground events across the UK to showcase to young people the importance of registering to vote and participating in the democratic process. The social media adverts will be highly targeted and will reach over one million young people.  Best for Britain aims to urge young voters to register and to get out to vote on election day.

 

Gina Miller, of Best for Britain said: “This election cannot be just about the older generation.  Everyone in Britain must ensure that their vote and voices are heard. Young people must take this chance to shape their future, and not allow their choices to be written off.  At Best for Britain we are aiming to give young people the information, platform, and communities to have their say and exchange ideas about how politics can relate to them and do things differently .”

 

Amy Longland, Partnerships & Programmes Lead at My Life My Say said: “Over a million young citizens are still missing from the electoral register. Youth voter registration is incredibly important, as young people turning out to vote is fundamental in breaking the cycle of under-representation. We believe that young citizens aren’t apathetic, they are simply disillusioned by a politics that doesn’t work for them.
In this General Election, it is more important now than ever that they mobilise, turn up and demand a say in their future. That’s why we’ve organised National Conversation Week 15th-22nd May, a series of non-partisan ‘Café’ sessions in Starbucks across the UK that create a safe space for young people to discuss current affairs, engage with their peers and be inspired to register and vote.”
Josh Dell, Communications and Advocacy for Bite The Ballot said:  “Young voices must be heard at this general election. All evidence shows that political parties time and time again have focussed their outreach on the ‘grey vote’ at elections, as they know these are the ones that are most likely to turn out at the polls.

Bite The Ballot are asking young citizens to ‘start something’ at the 2017 general election and come out in numbers that have not been seen for decades in order to ensure that their concerns are ones that future governments make their priority.

Through the support of campaign groups like Best For Britain, we are able to enhance the voter registration efforts at the heart of the #TurnUp campaign, which we are coordinating with a coalition of partners from the tech, business, and charity sectors up until June 8.”

ENDS

 

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