Posted on 13/03/2021Comments Off on RHIANNON TAYLOR

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

September 2019, as soon as I moved to London. I had just been told by Department for Health and Social Care that my grandad’s medication was at risk from no deal. That was the final straw. 

Roughly how old are you?

Early 30s

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

I came every day until after Brexit had happened, then came to almost every PMQs until we stopped because of coronavirus. 

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

I live in London, it takes around 45 minutes on public transport.

What’s your favourite memory?

The day Yorkshire Remain voice choir came. We had an impromptu march to Downing Street while we played and sang. The atmosphere was incredible.

Tell me your story

During the referendum in 2016 I was too sick to campaign. I was only just becoming politically engaged, and suffering with my mental health to the point where I couldn’t get out of bed. I beat myself up for a long time after that, and felt powerless to change it. When I first heard Steve Bray on the TV it was such a boost. My time with SODEM has been one of the most empowering, wonderful experiences of my life. It was rough though. I’ve been pushed to the ground while on crutches, been told I deserve to get cancer and die, recieved death threats and other things I can’t even write. The thing is, if that stops us doing what we feel is right then they win. We must continue to hold the government to account. Brexit may have happened, but that doesn’t mean we can take our eye off the ball. The fight continues. 

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