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Launch event introduction, Kirklees Democracy Commission

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On Friday 30th June 2017 we held a special "Growing a stronger local democracy" event to celebrate the launch of our landmark report. These are the introductory slides presented by Jacqui Gedman, Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, on the day.

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Launch event introduction, Kirklees Democracy Commission

  1. 1. Thank you to • Our citizens • University of Huddersfield • The Commission • Our participants • Our staff for being brave and innovative
  2. 2. Our mission... “By 2020 Kirklees is an informed citizen-led democracy with accountable elected representatives who enable communities to influence and affect decisions governing their lives.”
  3. 3. Why it matters... “You have to remember one thing about the will of the people - it wasn’t that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena” Jon Stewart “Politicians will only move beyond gestures once there is a critical mass of informed residents” Paul Collier
  4. 4. If we get this right we will… • Connect representative and participatory democracy • Make better and more informed decisions • Get better outcomes with citizens • Make Kirklees the beacon for local democracy

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