Deliberative Democracy APPG

First Registered: 02/01/2019 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To promote the understanding and spread of deliberative democracy, including the greater use of citizens assemblies, citizens conventions and citizens juries.

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Recent Documents related to Deliberative Democracy

1. The use of public engagement for technological innovation: literature review and case studies
28/01/2021 - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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Found: a crowdsourcing platform that also contains deliberative elements (see row 28). Technological innovation:

2. Mr Titus Alexander - written evidence
09/01/2019 - Inquiry: The progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal - None
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Found: the EU Withdrawal Agreement by setting up a “deliberative assembly” to ask a representative cross-section

3. The use of public engagement for technological innovation: literature review and case studies
28/01/2021 - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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Found: Deliberative methods have been used to provide in -depth

4. Joseph Rowntree Foundation - written evidence
10/10/2018 - Inquiry: Universal Credit - Work and Pensions Committee
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Found: combine work and childcare.  In a series of recent deliberative workshops conducted for this research, several

5. Open University/ AHRC Research Project - written evidence
14/05/2019 - Inquiry: Coastal flooding and adaptation to climate change - Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
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Found: evidence and seldom heard voices as part of the deliberative processes; 5.2.   enabling public understanding

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Deliberative Democracy

1. Constitution, Democracy and Human Rights Commission
14/01/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: our first year we will set up a Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission.” This was confirmed - Speech Link
2: referendums should be used in our parliamentary democracy, perhaps by following some of the recommendations - Speech Link
3: of administrative law and the constitution, democracy and human rights commission being discussed today - Speech Link
4: Majesty’s Government have plans to expand the deliberative democracy initiatives that they have so far sponsored - Speech Link

2. Climate Change Assembly UK: The Path to Net Zero
26/11/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: ensuring that our response to the climate crisis is deliberative, democratic and fair, and moving forward with - Speech Link
2: Tough action needs to be taken, but we are a democracy and we need to take the people with us. Too often - Speech Link
3: were made to ensure that their work informed deliberative discussion in each group.There were disadvantages - Speech Link
4: unavoidable, but the pace at which it happens in a democracy like ours and the extent to which it is orderly - Speech Link
5: policies for net zero. In the past year, we held deliberative workshops with the public on transport, heat - Speech Link

3. Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration
14/01/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: my book, if a democracy cannot be allowed to change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy.When the - Speech Link
2: British or English. There is also a naive view of democracy as plebiscite: “the people have spoken”. You do - Speech Link
3: anything in the past few months, I hope it is that democracy is changing. Those of us involved in democratic - Speech Link
4: representative democracy? Do our MPs not count? This Government, in this 21st century UK democracy, say that - Speech Link

4. Proportional Representation: House of Commons
23/04/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: voters are losing confidence in our representative democracy. The report by the Institute for Public Policy - Speech Link
2: establishing a proportional system by holding deliberative discussions—citizens’ assemblies—across the - Speech Link
3: would be very wary of doing that to our democracy.Democracy, as Winston Churchill said, is the worst - Speech Link
4: delivered such decisive results because of the deliberative democracy that took place in advance. Does the hon - Speech Link
5: wake up and fundamentally challenge the way our democracy works—not just how we vote but, more importantly - Speech Link
6: opportunity to feel that they have a stake in their democracy, as well as a voice. Once we are elected as MPs - Speech Link
7: hope—in this debate.I understand that democracy has to evolve. It always will, and it absolutely - Speech Link

5. Opinion Polling
18/06/2015 - Grand Committee

1: polling can contribute to public policy-making in a democracy. But it has to be good polling and this ComRes - Speech Link
2: benchmarks that would be appropriate only if a deliberative public consultation was being discussed, in - Speech Link
3: be unwanted regulation of business and bad for democracy. Is this necessary? I think not—but no doubt someone - Speech Link

6. Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill Committee
25/02/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: the other place this week that is meaningful, deliberative and decisive—and this could go on and on. To - Speech Link

7. Advisory Committee on Business Appointments/Ministerial Code
20/03/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: own interests, but about the wider interests of democracy and the representative system. I am sure that - Speech Link
2: interests but to the wider reputation of our democracy. We have that duty in everything that we do, whatever - Speech Link
3: to the House of Commons and our representative democracy that few on either side of the House would able - Speech Link
4: in politicians. We need to be considerate and deliberative, and to think carefully about the problems in - Speech Link

8. Education: British Values
26/06/2014 - Lords Chamber

1: British values include respect for the law, for democracy and for equality, and tolerance of different beliefs - Speech Link
2: values on their own are abstract. Every modern democracy will espouse the values articulated by the Department - Speech Link
3: to get rid of it. We championed parliamentary democracy, but now it is the referendum which is trumpeted - Speech Link
4: to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty, and show - Speech Link
5: our most vital institutions: our parliamentary democracy, our free press, our justice system and our many - Speech Link
6: what consideration the Government have given to deliberative processes involving the British people themselves - Speech Link
7: whole principle of consultation is that it is deliberative and that people will respond. I hope they do - Speech Link

9. Infected Blood Inquiry
02/07/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: is certainly Sir Brian’s intention that the deliberative sessions of those expert groups should be undertaken - Speech Link

10. Uighur Forced Labour: Xinjiang
17/12/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: Our Government have consistently been too deliberative on human rights and international law infringement - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Deliberative Democracy
1. Politics and Government
asked by: Lord Truscott
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Future of Democracy Global Satisfaction with Democracy 2020 that dissatisfaction with democracy is "at an all-time high" including in the United States and the UK.

2. Politics and Government: Young People
asked by: Cat Smith
... how many youth democracy ambassadors have been recruited for the Suffrage Centenary Programme; and how many youth democracy ambassadors are in receipt of free school meals.

3. Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission
asked by: Jon Trickett
... Democracy and Rights Commission will be established.

4. Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission
asked by: Cat Smith
... Democracy and Rights Commission will be established.

5. Democracy and Human Rights
asked by: Jim Shannon
... whether his Department has formal mechanisms for incorporating civil society input when preparing his Department's Human Rights and Democracy reports and briefings.

Latest Questions
11 Current APPG Members
David Davis Portrait
David Davis
Vice Chair
Conservative - Haltemprice and Howden
Joined: 2nd January 2019
1 APPG Membership
Future of Work
Lisa Nandy Portrait
Lisa Nandy
Vice Chair
Labour - Wigan
Joined: 2nd January 2019
No other APPG Memberships
David Morris Portrait
David Morris
Vice Chair
Conservative - Morecambe and Lunesdale
Joined: 2nd January 2019
Stella Creasy Portrait
Stella Creasy
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Walthamstow
Joined: 2nd January 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Tyler Portrait
Lord Tyler
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 2nd January 2019
Wendy Chamberlain Portrait
Wendy Chamberlain
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - North East Fife
Joined: 24th February 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Alex Norris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 3899.


Public Enquiry Point:

Graham Allen, Researcher to Alex Norris MP, 5 Tufton Court, Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QH. Tel: 07802 210 179


No benefits in kind are on record for the Deliberative Democracy APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Deliberative Democracy APPG

Former APPG Members
Dominic Grieve Portrait
Dominic Grieve
Vice Chair
Independent - Former Member for Beaconsfield
Joined: 2nd January 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Bellingham Portrait
Lord Bellingham
Vice Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 2nd January 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
1 APPG Membership
Phillip Lee Portrait
Phillip Lee
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Former Member for Bracknell
Joined: 2nd January 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Coaker Portrait
Lord Coaker
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 2nd January 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships