Posted on 12/03/2021Comments Off on TESSA HOLDEN

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

3 December 2018 after People’s Vote delivered a petition to Downing Street. Then 10 December 2018 when musicians were playing Ode to Joy, and then regularly.

Roughly how old are you?

Mid 60’s

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

At least once a week whenever possible. I stopped attending when Covid struck, resumed in September 2020 until Covid restrictions became stricter in December

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

60 miles. 90 minutes is my travelling time 

What’s your favourite memory?

Meeting so many wonderful, like-minded people who know Brexit is wrong.  Passers-by talking about politics as you learn so much. The marches. The sense of fun while giving a serious message – Tim dressed as Santa Claus;  Jeff selling the benefits of Brexit;  the music from Yorkshire for Europe;  Polly’s Pies Not Lies day;  Peter’s lights; Guy Verhofstadt’s visit;  Louise the chlorinated chicken with Gareth the plague doctor; Charlie as Rees-Mogg etc. The inspiration of Steve and so many who never give up.

Tell me your story

I was complacent about our democracy until Brexit. There was huge evidence of dark money and undemocratic influence behind the vote.  A constitutional change that big should not be decided by an advisory referendum with a small majority.  Since 2016 there have been illegalities and dodgy deals. The Conservatives got 100% of power to govern/ implement Brexit when only 43.6% of voters chose them in 2019. The UK’s democracy needs urgent reform. I call this, and all the lies and malpractice out. I campaign for a fair electoral system (PR) where all votes count,  because our broken democracy caused Brexit. We need a better relationship with the EU, our closest neighbour: we want our continent back!

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