When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come?
October 2017. I went because I was angry about the referendum result. I had already attended the No 10 Vigil a few times and knew that protesting Brexit and engaging other people was needed, and felt a positive way to do something about it! I met Steve at a pro EU party in May 2017 and wanted to support .
Roughly how old are you?
Roughly 49 . LOL!
How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?
Sporadically. Sometimes a few times a month, sometimes a couple of months apart. Last time I think was June 2019.
How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?
Cardiff (150 miles). I originally travelled up by coach – 4 hrs each way so days were long as I’d stay for Vigil as well. Sometimes stayed in cheap hostel dorms. Latest visits I travelled by train, more expensive but 2 hr each way, and was a more comfortable journey.
What’s your favourite memory?
Oh, lots! Meeting lots of great people with same views, the social and ‘party’ atmosphere often there. When Theresa May lost the biggest parliamentary vote in history. Talking to the various Peers and MPs who said thanks for being there. Talking to media , especially Dutch journos who nagged me to talk on camera because they liked my Bollocks to Brexit hat. Michael Cashman passing me and Amanda near parliament and shaking our hands (I used to fancy him in Eastenders! lol) One conversation stood out when one woman passing stopped to talk, she’d watched lots of conspiracy theories on YouTube (!) Not sure if I changed her mind but she asked lots of questions and genuinely seemed interested in points I made. Also, when my cousin in New Zealand sent me a link to an online article, as I’d featured in one of the pics.
Tell me your story
Not sure what else you want to know here. I admit that I didn’t know much about the EU before the vote but the way the Leave campaign targeted immigrants, denounced experts and scientists, glorified English exceptionalism I knew we were /are better off working together and being open and tolerant society. I can’t deal with discrimination and that’s basically what the Brexit vote is.
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