That myth was totally destroyed earlier this month when it was revealed that Ben Elliot, who is both a co-Chair of the Conservative Party and a nephew of the Duchess of Cornwall, had arranged a meeting between a very wealthy Conservative Party donor and Prince Charles. The introduction was, according to the donor, part of a service for which Ben Elliot charged £15,000 p.a.
In the coming months we want to step up our campaign to get Labour to recognise that having a monarchy is not in its interests. We want Labour to commit itself to curbing the monarchy’s influence as a prelude to getting rid of it.
Labour Party Conference
Clive Lewis MP has agreed to speak at our event at the Labour Party conference. This is great news for us – Clive is one of Labour’s most articulate advocates of political reform and, during the 2019 leadership contest, he openly supported the idea of a referendum on the monarchy’s future.
Our meeting will be on Tuesday 28th September in St Paul’s Church, West Street, Brighton starting at 7.45 pm. Thanks to all those who have been in touch offering help, but we still need more people for leafleting and assisting at the event. Please let us know if you are able to help.
Launch of ‘Labour and Republicanism’
Our meeting will also be a launch for ‘Labour and Republicanism’, a book of 60 – 70 pages which argues that the monarchy must be abolished if Labour is to create a society in which everyone is considered of equal worth. We will be sending free copies to all our paid-up members – if you have not already joined us, you can do so by clicking this link:
Petition to end the ‘Queen’s Consent’
In our last email we reported on the revelations that the Queen had not just used the Queen’s Consent procedure at Westminster but also with the Scottish Government, gaining exemption from legislation aimed at tackling climate change. Our partner organisation, ‘Republic’, has launched a petition calling for an end to the Consent procedure and an extension of the Freedom of Information legislation to cover royal lobbying.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at the Labour Conference in Brighton.