Taking Action ... Vote for a Change burns a duck house

Protesters: Vote for a Change Target: UK Government Location: House of Commons terraces Date: 5 November

'Duck house' protest
'Duck house' protest

The lowdown

Protesters from Vote for a Change constructed a ten-foot replica of the 'duck island' claimed on expenses by MP Sir Peter Viggers and towed it to the House of Commons terraces, where it was burned on Bonfire Night. The campaign wanted to use the replica as a symbol of 'how little has changed in the struggle to bring accountability to Westminster.'

What's the background?

The action followed a Halloween protest where hundreds of protesters dressed as zombies gathered at Parliament Square to mourn the UK's 'dead' democracy and Parliament of 'the living dead'. A campaign spokesman said: 'Instead of men and women with independent minds and souls, we see mindless ghouls shambling through the voting lobbies.'

What does the group want?

The campaign wants politicians to be more accountable by scrapping the First-Past-the-Post voting system. It is putting pressure on the Government to announce a referendum on electoral reform before the next general election.

How did the media cover it?

Christian title Ekklesia and the East London Advertiser ran a preview of the plans. The Londonist website sent a photographer and The Scotsman covered the event. A news quiz on bbc.co.uk included the protest in a round-up of icons being burned on Bonfire Night.

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