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Notwestminster is a free event for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy and anyone who is up for the challenge of making it better.

If we want a stronger local democracy, we all need to be part of the generation that makes it happen. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can do something practical to improve our local democracy, here and now.

If you’re up for the challenge, please join us for two days of workshops, quick-fire talks, practical activities, conversations and inspiration in Huddersfield. Notwestminster is a free event and everyone is welcome to take part. All we ask is that you are interested in making our local democracy better, and willing to do something to make it happen.

Generation D

Democracy is about much more than voting, but we seem increasingly unhappy with the process of how we’re governed and how much (or how little) we feel we have a stake in the decisions that affect us.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave 8.5 million women (and all men aged over 21) the opportunity to vote. It is a sorry legacy that in England today only a third of us vote in local elections.

We’re told that there may never be another generation that has the “habit of voting”. From Catalonia, we hear cries of “No revolution without the grandparents”. At home, we hear mixed views from our young citizens about whether there should be votes at 16.

Yet there are things which unite us. We know that people of all ages want (and need) civic and political education. Our distance from democracy is also our distance from each other. That’s why strengthening our local democracy is an issue for everyone - and it’s something that we can only do together. Democracy needs to work better for everyone, all the time, win or lose.

The future of local democracy starts with us. So let’s talk about our democratic generation. Let’s talk about our regeneration. But let’s not stop at the talking.

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We think that the stronger local democracy we all want and deserve could be just around the corner. And we don’t need a tardis to get there. We just need each other.

Will you be part of Generation D?

Workshops & Lightning talks

Our lively workshop sessions, all led by our participants, are at the heart of our main event:

Notwestminster workshops 2018

Our main event also includes a series of lightning talks to give you different perspectives on local democracy.

The day will close with an Ideas Bazaar where you can sign up to work on some of the ideas, and drinks whilst you talk with other participants.

Other Notwestminster events

What else is on at Notwestminster?

This year’s Notwestminster is a two day event, including a Democracy Maker Day and PechaKucha Night on the Friday and participant-led workshops, lightning talks and discussions on the Saturday. On both days you can get advice about making the most of digital technology, join us for a few drinks and be part of creative activities with a distinctly democratic flavour.

Democracy Maker Day 2018

PechaKucha Night x Notwestminster

Notwestminster happens in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield, home to rebel girls, radical heritage and the new Doctor Who. It’s organised by a small and sometimes merry band of volunteers who do democracy by day, and democracy by night (and who are largely fuelled by hope, proper music and toasted teacakes).

Notwestminster 2018 is sponsored by:

The Media Centre


Democracy Club

Association of Democratic Services Officers


UK open government network


Satori Lab

Future Gov

With thanks to our partners:

Local Gov Digital

and thanks to our supporters:

Jonathan Flowers

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