Posted on 12/03/2021Comments Off on KIRSTY McNEIL

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

I’ve attended multiple anti-Brexit marches in London, but due to distance, and childcare, getting to SODEM was hard.  I finally made it 16th October 2019.  It was a pivotal week and I felt I really had to be there.  The far right were sadly also out in force. 

Roughly how old are you?


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

Only the once to SODEM itself – 16th Oct 2019 – but made it to the stall at the marches the weekend either side of that, and some of the ones previously.

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

Sheffield.  It was just short of 6hrs each way, with a drive, a coach and a walk. 

What’s your favourite memory?

SODEM’s presence in general has been a massive psychological boost to many campaigners that can’t otherwise be there. I was just pleased I managed to make it at least once.

Tell me your story

I never saw myself as a political activist.  I’ve never been involved in a political party, but I’ve never stayed quiet when faced with something I don’t think is right. I feel we all have a moral obligation to stand up if and when we can, and if we don’t we have no right to complain. I lived in a bubble before the referendum – one in which I couldn’t honestly believe leave would win. I regret that badly now. I think so many of us would have campaigned, or campaigned harder or differently back then, if we’d have know where we would be now. I’ve made so many new friends through this, but sadly the UK no longer feels like a safe place for the future and I’m incredibly fearful for what comes next.

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