When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come?
December 2017. I’d heard there was an anti-Brexit demo in Parliament Square. I couldn’t find it, but bumped into a man with a Stop Brexit hat in Old Palace Yard. I joined in the Stop Brexit shouts. It felt empowering.
Roughly how old are you?
How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?
I was coming weekly in early 2018 and by 2019 I attended most days SODEM was on. I also went to the Whitehall Watch during the summer break in 2019 most days. I was last with the SODEM protest outside Carriage Gates on 11 March 2020.
How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?
I live around 4 miles away in South London. The journey usually took around 30 minutes.
What’s your favourite memory?
How to choose! Probably the ‘Cake Not Hate’ and ‘Pies Not Lies’ days. I was very inspired by Caroline Lucas when she came to speak to us.
Tell me your story
I never believed we could lose the Referendum in 2016. I realised almost immediately that I should have done more to campaign for Remain. I’d been complacent. I could see how Brexit would ruin the country. I felt I’d let my children and grandchildren down. I was feeling very low when I first went to Sodem. I felt guilty that I hadn’t done enough. From the first SODEM made me feel like I could make a difference. Maybe turn Brexit around. I felt hope! I’ve also been privileged to meet some wonderful people there.
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