A ground-breaking initiative, called Reset, co-chaired by Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis, launching today is backed by MPs from across the political spectrum. Seeking to bring parliamentary engagement into the twenty-first century, it will open a direct dialogue with the Public on the changes they want to see to make life better in post-lockdown Britain and ensure the outcomes are used to shape future work in Parliament.
A national survey will offer the public a chance to share their views on a wide range of issues – from the value of key workers and the urgent action needed on climate change, to rethinking the nature of work and guaranteeing access to green spaces and secure housing.
Speaking about Reset, Clive Lewis MP said:
“We have all had to make significant and rapid changes in our lives because of lockdown. We’ve seen people from all kinds of backgrounds unify and a nationwide swell of compassion and awareness of how precarious life can sometimes be. Now we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set our communities and country on the road to a sustainable and fair future that protects people and our planet. That’s why we want to hear everyone’s ideas about the way they want things in Britain to change so we can all contribute to the policies we need to take us to a brighter future, and I’m really keen to make sure that people in Norwich are at the heart of that conversation.”
This will be the first time the public have been asked by a cross-party group of MPs what they want life in Britain to be like after lockdown. The results will be combined with a series of workshops involving hundreds of people, online parliamentary evidence sessions, snap-polls, video evidence and conversations with the public, and turned into a package of policy measures which will be presented to parliament in the Autumn – backed by a public mandate. Through active engagement that draws on people’s experiences and expertise,
Reset also aims to pave the way for giving the public a meaningful stake in – as well as control of – the changes that happen as a result, rejuvenating democracy in the process. Reset is an initiative of the Parliamentary Group on the Green New Deal, whose members are drawn from parties across the political spectrum, united by a common will to secure a fairer, greener and more sustainable future for Britain.
To take the survey and have a direct say in the country’s future visit www.reset-uk.org
Reset is an initiative of the cross-party Parliamentary Group on the Green New Deal. It aims to bring people and politicians together, to reflect on the crisis we’ve all been through, to share what we’ve learned and to shape a better future – together. The initiative launches on 27 June 2020, and will deliver its findings – based on what people have said they want life in Britain to be like after Covid – to parliament and to government in early September 2020.
The Parliamentary Group on the Green New Deal The Parliamentary Group on the Green New Deal is co-chaired by Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion and Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South.
Other members of the Group are: Baroness McIntosh, the Conservative Life Peer, Wera Hobhouse the Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, Liz Saville Roberts the MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd and the House of Commons spokesperson for Plaid Cymru, Alan Brown the SNP MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Deborah Abrahams the Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Nadia Whittome the Labour MP for Nottingham East in 2019, Baroness Lister, the Labour peer, Baroness Bennett, the Green Party peer and former party leader, Baroness Jones, the Green Party peer, Lloyd Russel-Moyle the Labour Co-operative MP for Brighton Kemptown; Feryal Clark the Labour MP for Enfield North; Sam Tarry the Labour MP for Ilford South; James Murray the Labour Co-operative MP for Ealing North; Alex Sobel the Labour Co-operative MP for Leeds North; Wes Streeting the Labour MP for Ilford North; Rachel Maskell the Labour MP for York Central and Beth Winter the Labour MP for Cynon Valley.
The Secretariat for the Parliamentary Group on the Green New Deal is provided by the Green New Deal Group of economists, politicians, environmentalists and energy experts who employ a single staff member, Ruth Potts.
The Advisory Group for the Parliamentary Group on the Green New Deal are: Professor Kevin Anderson, Tyndall Centre; Fernanda Balata, New Economics Foundation; Adrienne Buller, Common Wealth; Mel Evans, Senior Climate Campaigner, Greenpeace UK; Tony Greenham, South West Mutual; Professor Andy Gouldson, University of Leeds, Place Based Climate Action Network; Colin Hines, Convenor, Green New Deal Group; Fatima Ibrahim, Green New Deal UK; Professor Richard Murphy, Corporate Accountability Network; Ann Pettifor, Prime Economics; Asad Rehman, War on Want; Professor Nick Robins, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Andrew Simms, Rapid Transition Alliance; Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations; and, Professor Rebecca Willis, Lancaster University.
The Reset Team Reset has been made possible by a group of people and organisations, who have given their time for free: Shazia Ali is a senior qualitative researcher who specialises in ensuring everyone is heard and has a voice; David Flindall is the Technical Director at Curious Ways; Ian Fooks is the Experience Director at Curious Ways ; Will Oshinro De Groot is a cultural insights practitioner and founder at MEND; Steven Lacey is the founder of the Outsiders; Pete Lewis is the Design Director at Curious Ways; Fern Miller is a Strategy Consultant; Priya Minha is a Research Manager at the Insight Agency, Opinium Research; Nadya Powell is co-founder of Utopia, Culture Social and The Great British Diversity Experiment; Dr. Leili Sreberny-Mohammadi is a Digital Ethnographer; Simon Wellings is the Creative Director at Curious WaysData analysis
Data analysis for the project is provided by the Insight Agency, Opinium