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ELECTORAL EDUCATION?Limited                                      ?

for Impartial Election Education www.ElectionsUK.org


Aims - To initiate, design and develop Impartial Electoral Education and Communication, using the Internet as the catalyst, to assist the current and future electorate in making informed political decisions and to inform those elected of their views.


Objectives - Providing local information on elections to assist in re-connecting the elected with their electorate

Supporting educational programmes in schools and colleges.

Stimulating discussion through local media technology and surveys.

Developing access by Digital TV and other electronic means..

Using video, quotes from candidates are a fundamental part of the programme and interconnection with other media sources and impartial educational organisations will be sought.

Promoting social inclusion by multi language usage and delivery by web, CD, text or tape as required.

To cover?General, By and European Elections (MP’s & MEP’s)

Mayoral Elections, Local Councils and Elections, Youth Parliament (MYP)

Euro & European Constitution Referendum, Regional Assembly Referendums & Elections,

2nd Chamber (successor to House of Lords) Elections


"It's vital that voters know as much as possible about what they're voting for, and this innovative site makes an important and valuable contribution."?

Sam Younger, Chairman of The Electoral Commission.  ?Re www.ElectionsUK.org/doncaster


"This is a valuable initiative which uses the web in innovative ways - especially the audio messages from candidates."

Professor Stephen Coleman - Professor of e-democracy at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

And senior research associate with the Hansard Society's E-Democracy Programme.

Re Concept for Great Grimsby General Election website.




Projects covered so far ?See www.ElectionsUK.org


1.         2001 General Election impartial websites for Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes partly funded by NELincs. Community Partnership

2.         Mayoral Elections impartial websites at Doncaster May 2nd.? 2002. see http://www.electionsuk.org/doncaster/index.htm

3.         ELECT has prepared a paper to suggest that political election websites should be accredited as party political, general or Impartial.

           This comes about because of Dr Stephen Coleman’s paper on the US 2000 elections where a confusing diversity of sites were set up. Some purporting to support a candidate but actually to undermine that candidate.   Sept 04 has seen this misuse start in the UK.

4.         2003 North East Lincolnshire Local Elections “Active Citizenship?project May 2003 funded by The Electoral Commission

5.         2003 European Debate at Grimsby Institute impartially chaired by ElectionsUK

6.         2003 Planning stage for North West Regional Assembly for impartial information debates and interactive website and Lesson Plans to inform the public about the Elected Assembly Referendum (Nov 2004) funded by NWRA.

7.         2004 Regional Referendum Debate on the fringe of the Conservative Spring Conference at Harrogate.

8.         2004 North East Lincolnshire Local Elections “Active Citizenship?project with Lesson plans and Debates June?supported by Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

9.         2005 Pre Election Debate at the University of Lincoln 4th Feb

10.       2005 Election Debate with all the candidates at the University of Lincoln April

11.       2005 Election Debate at Lincoln College with all candidates represented and Chaired by Prof Lord Norton of Louth

12.       2005 Election Debate with all candidates for the Great Grimsby Constituency chaired by Sean Dunderdale, News Manager LincsFM Group

13.       ?lt;/span>Submissions and follow up to the POWER INQUIRY study on how to improve democracy sponsored by Joseph Rowntree Charitable and Reform Trusts.

14.       2006 NELincs UK Youth Parliament Elections in support of the Council for Young people where 10 schools and over 2200 young people voted a 33% turnout

15.         2007-8 Working with North Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust to carry out a?pilot with Foundation Trust Network members; objective to develop a cost effective robust 2 way method of interaction between public, members, Governors and Directors.-called www.HealthGovUK.org



Current work.

1)    2007 -8?To produce a system to allow MP’s to connect with their constituents to obtain their opinions. www.CommunitySurveys.net?


2)    ?lt;/span>Working with digital and ipTV specialists to interact with doctors surgeries.called Health & Wellbeing TV


3)    2007 Developing a Digital web TV approach to connect Councillors with their constituents between elections.


4)    Rolling Out the 2003 Council Election “Encouraging Participation?Package in light of the Electoral Administration Bill 2006 and tying it into the lifetime education concept.


5)    Preparing an impartial review - “What if?of the 4 positions of European cooperation for European Constitution Referendum including the future direction of the European Union.


6)    Developing the idea of Local Democracy Hubs by piloting YOUNG DEMOCRACY HUBS to assist connecting Electoral Services, Schools and Youth Services with democratically elected young people.




Officers of Electoral Education Limited ?a company limited by guarantee No 4561554

Founder Directors and Working Group members


Director & Executive Secretary - Richard A Bellamy ?Project originator, developer and holder of intellectual property, former Chairman of Open School Network, High Sheriff of Humberside 1980-81

John Trevitt ?Former Chief executive Immage Studios/Channel 7 Television & Consultant East Coast Media


Working Group members

Austin Mitchell MP for Great Grimsby, Labour, Vice President Hansard Society

Martin Vickers ?Conservative N.E.Lincs. Councillor, Cabinet member and Agent for Edward Leigh MP

Paul Chaplin ?Director of KP Packaging Ltd

Stephen Ryder ?Manager - CPO Media

Trevor Ellis ?Mariner Computer Services

James Ellis - Mariner Business Applications Limited

Muriel Barker CBE ?former Yorkshire Forward, Humber Forum, former Chairman of Open School Network. Former Labour shadow leader N.E.Lincs. Councillor,

Geoff Lowis ?Liberal Democrat N.E.Lincs. Councillor and Cabinet Member

Jenny Fenton - Electoral Services Officer, North East Lincolnshire Council.


Hull University Working Group leader

Professor The Lord Norton of Louth, Professor of Government University of Hull, Recently Chairman House of Lords Constitution Committee, President The Politics Association, Vice President The Political Studies Association, Council Hansard Society -?Conservative


Advisory Panels ?members?(under development)

Lord Chris Haskins ?Recently Chairman?Better Regulation Task Force, member of New Deal Task Force, Trustee of DEMOS, a member of the CBI President's Council. Former Chairman of Northern Foods Plc and Express Dairies Plc. Yorkshire Forward. Labour

Robert Marcus   ?Chat Moderators Ltd working with e envoy, BBC etc.- Moderation of online chat and discussion forums

Nadhim Zahawi ?CEO , YouGov.com

Rob Walsh ?Deputy Director ?Law and Democratic Services North East Lincs Council

Andrew McKinnon ?Propeller, Immage Studios,



In January 2001, a passing remark by Austin Mitchell MP for Great Grimsby and Vice President of the Hansard Society about the next election being the first election of the Internet era, got Richard Bellamy, a former Returning Officer as High Sheriff of Humberside, to consider a completely impartial education website idea.

Over the last 3 ?years a format was devised for impartial election educational websites using the 2001 General Election constituencies of Great Grimsby and Cleethorpes as the initial pilots, supported by the Community Partnership for North East Lincolnshire.?In May 2002 the Doncaster Mayoral Elections were covered with extra audio content.?A major pilot project was carried out with the support of The Electoral Commission ?New Initiatives Fund for local elections 2003.

This project was to reengage the candidates of North East Lincolnshire (Grimsby, Cleethorpes & Immingham) with their electorate and this was carried out with the full support of Democratic services and all the political parties.

64 of the 91 candidates cooperated with the project and this can be seen at Local Elections on this page.

In October 2003 we hosted a lively debate in Grimsby on Europe with Austin Mitchell MP in the NO corner and Lord Chris Haskins in the YES side.

In late 2003 we were asked by the North West Regional Assembly to devise & oversee an impartial project to inform the public in their region of 6.1 Million people about the issues raised by Elected Regional government. This project was fully developed ready to launch the big drive to interview the 76 MP’s plus MEP’s Council, opposition, business and community leaders for their views broken down into their 5 County / sub regional / local parts.

A Lesson plan was developed and then vetted By Prof Lord Norton, Chairman of the House of Lords Constitutional Committee and Debates initially around the spring party conferences were arranged. After this developmental stage the funding could not be found. Probably because indications were appearing that the referendum was about to be abandoned. We did however run a very good debate attached to the Conservative Conference in Harrogate, when we introduced Lord Chris Haskins and Austin Mitchell MP to sell the YES side, Sir David Trippier and John Watson (both former conservative MP’s) in the NO corner. Brendan Carlin of the Yorkshire Post chaired the debate.

In May / June 2004 the North East Lincolnshire local elections were covered again using the technical format developed the year before as a base. This time 27 of the 35 candidates cooperated and we produced lesson plans for the schools and we were supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

January 2006 the UK Youth Parliament Elections in North East Lincolnshire was covered using the ElectionsUK systems raising participation by over 10 times and arranging Polling Stations in 10 schools.

These sites are still online under www.ElectionsUK.org

From June 2007 we have been working with the North Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust to carry out a pilot with Foundation Trust Network members; objective to develop a cost effective robust 2 way method of interaction between public, members, Governors and Directors.-Current Survey now online at?www.HealthGovUK.org


In November 2001 a report was issued by the House of Commons Public Administration Committee, suggesting a Democracy Commission be set up to encourage voting.

Following contacts with The Electoral Commission, the Hansard Society, House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee, DTLR ?Local Government Modernisation Team, Yorkshire Forward, The Radio Authority and Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust it was decided that this Educational Charity be formed as a not for profit vehicle to develop the ideas.

After further contacts with the Electoral Commission, ELECT asked to become the Impartial Euro Referendum website and was recommended to get partners and to see the Irish Referendum Commission for ideas.

This was done and Lord Norton of Louth, Professor of Government at Hull University joined us in July 2002 to develop cooperation with Hull University and assist in promoting our projects.

Working in collaboration with Hull University and the Electoral Commission, the concept of forming the nucleus of an informal independent “democratic commission?or Association), including a Referendum Commission to take the lead in electoral education both nationally and internationally was considered..

Partnerships were secured with Chatmoderators Ltd ?for discussion group moderation and YOUGOV.com ?for especially commissioned independent Polls.

The Internet, properly used, has the potential of re-enfranchising many disadvantaged people, whether housebound, visually impaired, foreign language, single parents or otherwise excluded.?

Men and Women will only be excluded by choice as many neighbourhood organisations are increasing web access to those interested.

Using the internet as a library, information can be transferred where required to audio tape / CD versions / print - could be produced for those without computers and foreign language versions for ethnic minorities.