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Susan Jean Murray
Unlock Democracy Council (London and South East constituency)
Who I am:
I live in Lewes, East Sussex with my husband, where I am very active in the local community. I am a Green Party town councillor and co-chair of our local party, I manage the local youth centre building, I am very busy with Transition Town Lewes, especially the Lewes Pound, and I chair Lewes CND. I am also active in the Green Party at regional and national levels. In my spare moments I am something of a bookworm and love to cook and garden, as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
Why I am standing for Unlock Democracy's Council:
I am standing for Council because I have a long standing commitment to democratic reform. I was for some years on the Council of Charter88, was very active in Make Votes Count and have been on the Council of Unlock Democracy for the past two years. I believe that my long experience can be of value in helping UD develop its long-term campaigns as well as its responses to issues that arise along the way, such as the murky state of affairs being revealed by the Leveson Inquiry.
Clearly many in government regard democratic reform as a secondary concern compared with the difficult economic situation – just look at efforts to postpone House of Lords reform for another generation. I believe that is fundamentally wrong – we need more democratic and more accountable government institutions if we are to trust them to make good decisions and steer us through the present crisis. We need to know who is lobbying and what their agenda is. I want to help UD to continue to make the case for such vital reforms and hope that you will re-elect me to represent what I know must also be your deep concerns on Council.
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