In the UK, the focus of the EU elections campaign is to put activists and MEP candidates in touch. Activities will therefore focus on hustings (i.e. public debates) where activists with an interest in international development, human rights and climate change will meet their MEP candidates and ask them what they intend to do if elected.
More information about other aspects of the campaigns in the UK, including a list of which MEPs have signed up to the international development manifesto, can be found on BOND website pages on the EU elections.
8 May – EU Civil Society Manifesto launch Birmingham (West Midlands)12.30 – 14.45 at BVSC, 138 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6DR. Opportunity to discuss the key recommendations for civil society in the next European Parliament with MEPs and candidates in the West Midlands. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
12 May – Climate Change elections Q&A Swansea (Wales)
7.30pm at The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea. Organised by Stop Climate Chaos Wales. Candidates: Evan Price (Con), Lisa Stevens (Lab), Alan Butt Philip (Lib Dem), Jill Evans (Plaid). Chair: Phil McDonnel. To attend and for further details, please contact Peter Jones, RSPB Cympu (email@example.com, 02920 353013)
13 May – Climate change elections Q&A Bradford on Avon (South West)
14 May – International development elections hustings Birmingham (West Midlands)
7.30pm – 9.30 pm Birmingham Council House (Victoria Square, Birmingham). For more information, please contact Europe@bond.org.uk
16 May – International development hustings Bristol (South West)
3-5pm Saint Stephen’s Church, 21 St. Stephens st, Bristol, BS1 1EQ. The event focuses on corporate accountability, trade, development and climate change. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 May – Campaigning stunt for launch of AidWatch report (Brussels)
19 May – International development elections hustings Manchester (North West)
7pm – 9.30 pm. Free screening of award winning film ‘Total Denial’, followed by question time with MEP candidates, at AMC Cinema, 253 Deansgate, Manchester, M2 4EN. For more information, please contact Europe@bond.org.uk
Activities after the 19 May
20 May – UK launch of AidWatch report (London)
5.30 – 7pm. The AidWatch report will be launched and discussed at an event in London focusing on aid effectiveness. To find out more and to register for this event, please see the Overseas Development Institute’s website.
20 May – International development and human rights elections hustings London
6-9pm at Amnesty International’s UK offices (17-25 New Inn Yard, London, C2A 3EA). This event, which is co-organised by BOND, Amnesty International and the Jubilee Debt Campaign, will focus on what MEP candidates intend to do to improve the EU’s human rights and anti-poverty work, both inside and outside the EU, if they are elected. To find out more and to register for this event, please contact email@example.com.
21 May – Trade justice and environment elections hustings Reading (South East)
7pm onwards at RISC, 35-39 London street, Reading RG1 4PS. The focus of the event is trade policies and their effecton developing countries, as well as candidates’ positioning on introducing a new green deal across Europe to address issues of trade, jobs and climate change. Candidates: Sharon Bowles (Lib Dem), Nirj Deva (Con), Janet Keene (Lab), Philip van der Helst (UKIP), Caroline Lucas (Green). Chair: John Madeley. To attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Bus: there willbe a free bus to get people to Reading, leaving from Oxford (departure point to be confirmed) at 6pm. Returning from Reading 9:30pm, hoping to be back in Oxford by 10:30pm. Places are limited so please book your seat on the bus asap. Contact Julieanne Porter, Tel 01865 236 088 or email@example.com.
7 – 9.30pm at St. John’s Church, West End of Princess St, EH2 4BJ, Edinburgh. Organised by the Trade Justice Movement and World Development Movement Scotland. To find out more, please call World Development Movement Scotland on 0131 243 2730.
27 May – A cup of tea with an MEP – an informal discussion between candidates and activsts Glasgow (Scotland) 6.30 – 9pm at Hillhead Library, Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AP. The event is organised by the Trade Justice Movement and World Development Movement Scotland. An opportunity to discuss trade justice and international developmetn with MEP candidates. To find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07913 724 854.
For more information, contact the national association:
BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development): Regent’s Wharf, 8 All Saint’s Street, London, N1 9RL – Tel: +44 20 7837 8344 – Website: www.bond.org.uk.