212 citizens from 30 civil society institutions attended the Thames Valley Citizens Accountability Assembly on 29th April.
29 leaders from 15 institutions presented five campaigns with specific asks of Police & Crime Commissioner candidates, and leaders of the main political parties in Milton Keynes Council, ahead of elections on 6th May.
These powerholders made pledges for:
- Acton on misogyny
- Digital inclusion
- Action on climate change
- Deaths registration services
- Police and young people.
Southwood Primary school pupils talked about their environment (see Stacey and Eliza videos) and the Rt Rev Bishop Olivia of Reading spoke powerfully about how the Diocese of Oxford, main sponsor of Thames Valley Citizens, is taking action on climate change (min 52-54).
The assembly ended with a Ramadan blessing from Imam Ahmed Hilal.
“The content of the evening was brilliant, really engaging,” said Linda Kirk of MK Anglican Deanery. “The testimonies were convincing and the children’s were amazing…I felt proud to be part of it.”
“This was my first Citizens Assembly and it was incredibly inspiring and powerful,” said Emma Humphreys of The Oxford Academy. “I am just starting my journey with Citizens UK and this was a fantastic opportunity to see it in action.”
Following the election, leaders of Thames Valley Citizens will hold powerholders to account for their pledges.