Posted on 06/03/2021Comments Off on SARAH COWLEY

When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come? 

Sometime towards the end 2017, I think – can’t really remember. Wanted to support the protest. 

Roughly how old are you?


How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?

Irregularly – came about 8-10 times altogether, I suppose. I tended to combine coming to SODEM with trips to London for a meeting and visited less in 2018 as I was ill.  

How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?

I live in Bournemouth, travelling two and half to three hours. 

What’s your favourite memory?

Lots combined with big demonstrations, but I think the first time I came, there were not many people and a German couple stopped to say ‘we wondered where you were’, meaning the people who objected to Brexit, of whom they’d not seen any on their trip – really brought home the importance of visibility. And of course, so many memories of wonderful Steve ‘poster-bombing’ TV interviews. 

Tell me your story

I’m a retired health visitor-academic – hadn’t much thought about the EU before the referendum, but was clear about how important it was to Remain from the start. I was in hospital on the day the results came out (I’d voted by post) and was in a state of shock for weeks. Such a relief to find like-minded people and be able to help start Dorset for Europe – I’m still active with them.

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