Published: 28th Jan 2011

Back in 2005, when I started the Mind the Gap campaign, an ever increasing void had developed between elected representatives and the electors themselves. The gap could be seen in a number of different ways – for example, through increased voter apathy and a sense that decision making was being made by a political elite distant from their communities. Working people had also begun to believe that their elected representatives were not doing enough to improve their lives.  So not only did people develop a sense that they could not make changes in their own communities – but they often had a perception of mistrust against those who could. This explains why a tipping point was reached in the previous parliament, which led to a number of reforms, changes in attitudes and the unprecedented election of over 230 new MPs last May. In areas across the UK, people have seen … (To read the full article, subscribe below)