Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... 38 Degrees vs the Liberal Democrats

Protesters: 38 Degrees
Target: The Liberal Democrats
Location: The Local Government Association offices
Date: 8 May

The lowdown

Around 1,000 campaigners assembled outside Local Government House as the meeting of the Liberal Democrats continued inside. Urging the Lib Dems to fight for parliamentary reform, they held up placards that read: 'Be brave - fair votes now' and 'Be brave - demand PR'. Most of the protesters wore purple, to signify the 'purple revolution' they are calling for.

Why the protests?

38 Degrees were campaigning for the Lib Dems to 'stay strong' on their commitment to voting reform and proportional representation. Campaigner and musician Billy Bragg said: 'We need a consensus government to deal with the difficult choices we have ahead. That's what the British people voted for.'

How did the Lib Dems respond?

Nick Clegg addressed the crowd, telling them that 'forming politics is one of the reasons I went into politics'. At the time of going to press negotiations with the Conservative Party were still ongoing.

How did the media cover it?

The protest was covered at length in the national press and broadcast media, featuring in The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and ITN and BBC news bulletins. Sky News presenter Kay Burley drew heavy online criticism after an 'aggressive' interview with 38 Degrees leader David Babbs.

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