12th September 2006, 06:00PM

Demos are delighted to be welcoming Douglas Alexander MP, co-author of the new Demos pamphlet, Serving a Cause, Serving a Community: The Role of political parties in today’s Britain.

While turnout in elections falls and membership of political parties declines, other forms of participation are thriving.  As the British public become more involved in social campaigning and consumer activism the voices grow louder asking how and if political parties are relevant to contemporary society.

Serving a Cause, Serving a Community lays down a challenge for the British left: to harness the energy and enthusiasm for progressive politics now increasingly expressed through social rather than political activism.  Its authors argue that political parties must open themselves up, engaging with social activists and others, and reforming their structures to fit with modern lifestyles.

In a keynote speech, Mr. Alexander will highlight issues raised in the pamphlet, before responses from Jackie Ashley of The Guardian and Adele Blakebrough, Chief Executive of Community Action Network (CAN). Following this there will be an opportunity for the audience to question the speakers.

This event is by invitation only, however please email Alexander_launch@demos.co.uk if you would like to be added to a waiting list in case of extra places becoming available.