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ONE supporters come out in force for U.K. election

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In the lead up to the U.K. general election, ONE activists up and down the country took to streets, schools, town halls, places of worship and even pubs, all in the hope of meeting candidates and having positive conversations about U.K. aid. In an election that was so focused on other issues (don’t worry we won’t mention the B-word) supporters like you, managed to bring ending extreme poverty into focus for almost 400 candidates across the U.K. — within just a few weeks.

Our aim in this snap election was to make sure whoever was elected to lead our country for the next five years, would:

  • support the U.K. in continuing to spend 0.7% GNI on UK overseas aid
  • maintain an independent Department for International Development (DFID)
  • champion commitments to real aid (meaning aid that’s transparent and focused on the world’s poorest people)

To help us get our message across, we came up with a snappy Pledge for Progress and a mission to get as many candidates as possible to sign it.

After some training, ONE’s Youth Ambassadors put their campaigning skills to the test by meeting their local candidates and turning up at local hustings to pitch our pledge to candidates all over the U.K. Meanwhile, 2,650 ONE supporters emailed their local candidates. Many also Tweeted candidates, and some of the boldest even braved the cold weather and attended their local hustings to urge candidates to sign ONE’s pledge. All of this campaigning by ONE supporters squeezed into just a few crucial weeks was incredibly inspiring.

So, what did this all achieve? Half of the people standing in this election received an email from ONE supporters, with nearly 400 of those candidates signing our pledge and committing to do their part to end extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Almost 10% of MPs in the new Parliament signed on the dotted line to stand up for the world’s poorest people. While this might not seem like a big number, for the people whose voices leaders can all too easily ignore, it’s vital to have this cross-party support from those who can influence policy for the better.

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who took action over the last few weeks. We couldn’t have done it without you! 

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