Posted on 10/03/2021Comments Off on FIONA SWANN

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

I started with the N°10 Vigil in February 2017.  Then used to pitch up at of SODEM for the last hour on a Wednesday evening after work.

Roughly how old are you?

Over 50

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

Used to be regularly there in 2017, less so since then due to working away for 2018 and 2019.  However, I did make it to SODEM protests at the party conferences, the last one was 2019 in Birmingham. 

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

About 30-40 mins (when I am in the country).

What’s your favourite memory?

Early flagbombing TV cameras in 2017.  Being outside the Hyatt hotel in Birmingham in 2019 when some Tory delegates tried to move us on, but the Police said we had every right to be there! 

Tell me your story

I’m a Londoner who has lived and continues to work in EU countries.  In fact, none of my customers are in the UK.     When the Referendum result came out, I was shocked and very sad.  Given the closeness of the result, and the fact that 2 out 4 UK countries did not vote for it, I thought the worst case scenario would be the Norway situation, which I didn’t support but could live with.    

Then Theresa May made her Lancaster House speech.  I was so furious that I knew I couldn’t sit back and do nothing.  The removal of Freedom of Movement from British people, meaning the next generation would never experience what I had made me particularly angry.  This was the trigger that turned me into a political activist. 

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