Republic Convention 2017

Republic Convention 2017


July 15, 2017 11:00 AM  –  5:00 PM

Discovery Museum
Blandford Square
Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
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Taking back control?

Republic Convention is asking how citizens can really take back control from the powerful institutions of Westminster.

How democratic is Britain? If we really want political control, what reforms do we need in Westminster? How does the monarchy shape and reflect a centralised and secretive British state? Can we learn from our European neighbours?

Hear a range of speakers who will look at these issues. Find out what reforms Republic proposes for Britain’s democracy – and why the battle to take control needs to begin at home.

Come and join the debate, find out more about Republic’s campaign.

This one-day convention is open to everyone – book your place today!


Join us in Newcastle for Republic Convention 2017.

Have you booked your ticket? From just £18 which includes a great lunch and refreshments.

Tickets are only £18 (members) or £20 (non members) and include lunch and refreshments.

Doors will open at 10:30.  The day runs from 11am to 5pm.  Lunch is provided as part of the ticket price.


Great speakers

Republic Convention is your chance to hear from a whole host of fantastic speakers on the monarchy and how we create a more democratic Britain.


Natalie Bennett
Former leader of the Green Party

Making our government work: the wider democratic reform agenda
If we’re going to make government work for the people it needs to be democratic. That means wider democratic reform, changing the way parliament works, devolving power and improving the quality of governance.

Emma Dent Coad MP

The Royals in the Royal Borough of Kensington – monarchy and equality
What relationship do the royals have with the local community in Kensington, and can that relationship show a link between monarchy and inequality in Britain?

Chair: Dr Simon Philpott

Republicanism and democratic reform in Britain and abroad
What are the values and principles that lie behind republicanism, and what lessons can we learn from other countries?  Do other heads of state, written constitutions and elected upper houses offer a guide to reform in Britain?

Christina Örnebjär MP
Member of Parliament for Örebro, Sweden. International Secretary of Republikanska föreningen

Lessons from Sweden: Sweden’s monarchy and the case for abolition
Sweden’s constitution is more democratic than Britain’s, but what does it really look like and why is it still important for Sweden to become a republic?

Graham Smith
Republic CEO

Taking back control: Parliamentary democracy made democratic
Where does control lie in the Westminster system, and how can we take the parliamentary idea and make it genuinely democratic?  What would be the role of an elected, effective head of state?

Dr Martin Farr
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary British History, Newcastle University.

Modern monarchy: some perspectives on a peculiar phenomenon
Reflections of a contemporary historian on a subject prominent yet overlooked, gleaned from years spent in archives, media, and seminar rooms.

Chi Onwurah MP
Labour Party Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central

Democratic reform in post-Brexit Britain
How do we make parliament and politics more democratic, more relevant and better suited to the needs of ordinary people? What are the challenges that face Britain’s democracy in the years ahead?


The venue

You’ll have the chance to enjoy the Discovery Museum’s Great Hall – a magical art-deco space at the top of the museum – one of the building’s original features, and just a short walk from Newcastle Central Station. You can find it on the map.

The Discovery Museum is a five minute walk from Newcastle Central station where national and local rail services depart as well as the Tyne & Wear Metro service and local bus services. The museum is well signposted from the station. You can find out more about the venue and get more directions from


Food for thought

Tickets include lunch and refreshments.

At previous events attendees have told us they loved that their ticket included lunch, giving them more time to debate the issues, meet other supporters, and talk to speakers and key figures in the campaign. This time we will again have fresh food available for lunch – details to follow. We’ll also be serving tea, coffee, juices and biscuits throughout the breaks.

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