Gina Miller ‘Best for Britain’ GoFundMe raises £200k in 48 hours

Gina Miller ‘Best for Britain’ GoFundMe raises £200k in 48 hours

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First Women Awards finalist Gina Miller is raising funds to assist anti-Brexit candidates and mobilise the public to vote tactically come 8 June.

Gina Miller, the woman behind the successful Supreme Court case over article 50 plans to launch a tactical voting effort in the UK to support election candidates who oppose a hard Brexit.

The SCM Private founder, also shortlisted for a First Women Award, set up a crowdfunding page, after Theresa May announced a snap General Election for 8 June, raising more than £200,000 in 48 hours.

In an interview with The Guardian, Miller said: “We want to build the biggest tactical voting effort in UK history to ensure that candidates across the country that promise to do what’s best for Britain in the Brexit process get the extra support they need to win.”

 In a statement on the GofundMe page, Miller said MPs and people are being forced into an “extreme Brexit” and this needs to be prevented.

The group, called Best for Britain, will support candidates who campaign for “a real final vote on Brexit, including rejecting any deal that leaves Britain worse off”, and fight for transparency, honesty and democracy during the Brexit negotiations.

“There isn’t time to organise a formal progressive alliance,” Miller told the Guardian. “We have to do what we can in the time available. We need to re-energise people about the importance of voting tactically.”

Eloise Todd, executive director of global policy for anti-poverty organisation the ONE Campaign has been roped in to direct the campaign.

Todd said: “We will support different parties and independents, and organisations working in this space.

“We are not party political. We stand for democracy in this country and a constitution that respects proper balance of powers and doesn’t railroad the country into an extreme Brexit.”

 

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  • Mary Anne Beveridge
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    Dear Ms Todd

    I write on behalf of Oxford Progressive Alliance to ask whether our grass roots organisation might qualify for some of your funding support?

    Briefly, Oxford PA is a newly formed group, aiming to mobilise progressive, anti-hard Brexit citizens to work together to elect progressive MPs in Oxfordshire. We are planning to hold a rally to Stop a Tory Landslide on Saturday, 20th May. The purpose is to create publicity and encourage voters from all progressive parties in our three local constituencies – Oxford West & Abingdon; Oxford East & Witney. The type of funding we are looking for, in the first instance, would essentially be expenses to cover costs of printing leaflets/posters; supplying an audio system etc.

    Please could you let me know, at your earliest convenience, whether you are able to assist us in any way.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    With many thanks for your time
    Mary Anne Beveridge

  • Jessie Mills
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    Is there anything practical I can do to help? Have already given funds.

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