Remainers to Campaigners Workshop – Sat 21 Oct 2017

A one-day workshop aimed at equipping Remainers for the task of changing public opinion towards remaining in the EU.

Hosted by Sevenoaks & Swanley Together in Europe and sponsored by West Kent European Movement, this workshop has been developed in association with other remain groups in the Southeast.

Confirmed speakers include Will Hutton, who has written a weekly column for more than 15 years: six years at the Guardian and nine years at the Observer. He is principal of Hertford College, Oxford, and chair of the Big Innovation Centre.

We will also be hearing from Dirk Hazell, Leader of UK EPP (European People’s Party); Antony Hook, Kent County Councillor for Faversham, Tim Verboven, Campaigns Officer of European Movement UK and others.

There will be speeches on Brexit and the Economy, by Prof Alan Mayhew, of the University of Sussex, and on Agriculture and Brexit by Dr Alan Bullion, of Informa Agribusiness Intelligence.

Jonathan Harris will be talking to us about social media, Jacqui Taylor about Nationbuilder, and Gareth Steel about UK Pro European Network.

A team from Sevenoaks & Swanley Together in Europe will be sharing our ideas and experiences, and equally we are looking forward to meeting from you and hearing from you.

It’s shaping up to be a good day – we hope you can join us.


9.30 Registration

10.00 The Remainers Tool Box
Social Media – Jonathan Harris, East Kent European Movement
Nationbuilder – Jacqui Taylor, St Albans for Europe
UKPEN: A National Backbone – Gareth Steel, UKPEN
Pop-up Groups and the European Movement – Tim Verboven, EM UK

10.45 Getting People to Listen
Making it Personal: Appealing to logic and emotion – Tony Clayton, SSTIE
Shine on EU – Heather Styles, SSTIE
Why conservatives should oppose Brexit – Dirk Hazell, leader of the EPP UK

11.15 Coffee Break

11.40 The Challenges We Face
Keynote speech by Will Hutton, political economist, writer and journalist.  Followed by Panel Discussion with Will Hutton, Dirk Hazell and Antony Hook (KCC LibDem), chaired by Victoria Dean, Portland Communications

12.30 Lunch

13.15 The Reality of Brexit – chaired by Richard Morris, SSTIE
Brexit and the Economy – Prof Alan Mayhew, University of Sussex
Agriculture and Brexit – Dr Alan Bullion, Informa Agribusiness Intelligence

14.05 Parallel Workshops: Organising People to Change Minds

  • Establishing a Remain Group – Patrick Reynolds, SSTIE
  • Communication Within a Group – Jacqui Taylor, St Albans for Europe
  • The European Movement – Tim Verboven, European Movement
  • The Pro-European Network – Gareth Steel, UKPEN
  • Defining and Refining the Message – Tony Clayton, SSTIE
  • Getting the Message Out – Patrick Lohlein, Stop Brexit Limited
  • Campaigning with Facebook and Twitter – Jonathan Harris, EKEM
  • Street Campaigns – Magadalena Williams, Orpington
  • Creative Campaigning – Heather Styles, SSTIE

15.35 Feedback and Conclusions – chaired by Peter Kinsler, SSTIE
16.00 Close


Please book in advance using eventbrite. Click here to REGISTER and GET YOUR TICKET.

Tickets – which include sandwiches at lunch, and tea and coffee are £5 each. And if you are less than 26 years old we will refund you the cost of your ticket on the day!

Please make other Remain Groups aware of this Workshop  – there are over 100 in the South East and we all want to establish as many links as we can.

Getting There

By Car

Sevenoaks is conveniently located just off the M25, offering easy access to all traveling by car. Sevenoaks Community Centre has ample parking space as well as facilities for people with disabilities.In case you cannot park at the Centre, the nearest public car park (0.3 miles away) is St Johns and St James (postcode TN13 3NH).

By Train

The nearest railway station to Sevenoaks Community Centre is Bat & Ball (0.2 miles). There are direct services to Bat & Ball from London Blackfriars (journey time about an hour).

Alternatively, Sevenoaks railway station is 1.3 miles from the Centre. Taxis are usually available outside the station. There are direct services to Sevenoaks from London Charing Cross, London Waterloo East and London Bridge (journey time about half an hour).