Campaigners for parliamentary reform are to condemn the “Parliament of the Living Dead” by dressing as zombies in a Halloween-themed protest tonight (30 October). They will rally in Parliament Square before a “zombie walk”, to include Whitehall, Downing Street and Trafalgar Square.
The event is organised by the Vote for a Change campaign, which is calling for a more accountable parliament and a referendum on the voting system at the time of the next general election.
The Campaign's Willie Sullivan, explaining the zombie theme, said, "Instead of men and women with independent minds and souls, we see mindless ghouls shambling through the voting lobbies. We see elections in hundreds of safe seats throughout the land, where even a corpse could win a job for life”.
The campaigners say that they are attempting the largest costumed protest ever seen around Parliament.
Their key demand is a referendum on electoral reform, but they emphasise that change must go further than this, to “a parliament where voters' voices are heard, all votes count and MPs are truly accountable – a parliament that's quite simply better equipped to do its job in representing us, the voters”.
Support for such measures is thought to have increased in the light of widespread public outrage over abuses of the parliamentary expenses system, revealed earlier this year.