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Owen Winter

Co-founder of Make Votes Matter, student and activist

Owen first got involved in politics when he stood for and was voted Member of UK Youth Parliament in 2015 aged 16. Around the general election that same year he started an online petition for Proportional Representation receiving 240,000 signatures before being presented to David Cameron after the election in 2015. Connecting with other electoral reform campaigns through social media led to the birth of Make Votes Matter – a cross-party campaign to introduce proportional representation to the House of Commons by 2021, of which Owen is co-founder and spokesperson. Owen is also a student of History and Politics at Oxford University, a member of the Council of the Electoral Reform Society and the Youth Officer of Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform.
A Brexit Vote Would Put This Government on Thin Ice; Calling a Proportional General Election Would be Cameron's Only

A Brexit Vote Would Put This Government on Thin Ice; Calling a Proportional General Election Would be Cameron's Only Option

In the event of a 'Leave' vote, Britain would be divided, with a new Prime Minister, a surge in political awareness, and big questions to be answered about our future out of the EU. The only way for the country to move on from this divisive referendum, and grant democratic legitimacy to those negotiating Brexit, would be to hold a proportional general election as soon as possible after the result.
20/06/2016 15:41 BST
The Unelected Goon Who Made Those Corbyn Comments Should Be Court

The Unelected Goon Who Made Those Corbyn Comments Should Be Court Martialled

Who is the real threat to national security? Is it the democratically elected Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn? Or is it the general who has threatened democracy and the freedom of the British people to elect their leaders? At least Jeremy Corbyn has the guts to speak for himself, rather than hiding behind the 'unnamed general' mask.
22/09/2015 09:36 BST
No Taxation Without Representation - 16 Year Olds Deserve a

No Taxation Without Representation - 16 Year Olds Deserve a Vote

Now that the general election is behind us, politicians and pundits are setting their sights on the upcoming referendum on the EU. Referenda are not a common occurrence in Britain, since 1973 there have only been two national referenda. This time, there has been a collective cry from 16 and 17 year olds who want the chance to vote on Britain's EU membership... It is no surprise that young people feel disaffected when they have no say in who represents them.
23/08/2015 18:30 BST