Vote4Peace is an independent non-party campaign for the next UK general elections. We aim to help elect a slate of mainstream MPs committed to peace and legitimacy: to gather volunteers in target constituencies, raise donations for under-funded prospective candidates, and build support for a constructive politics of peace and democracy. We are disillusioned by the Iraq war and the party machines, and inspired by the campaigns of MoveOn and other independent platforms in the US.
Vote4Peace is a campaign of Waging Peace, a mainstream organisation committed to building a safer and more democratic world. Waging Peace is registered as a third party with the Electoral Commission.
The Vote4Peace team
PAUL HILDER (campaign director and spokesperson) is an organiser, writer and adviser working on democracy, Europe and the Middle East. A founding director of openDemocracy.net, he has edited books on democracy and globalisation and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A senior policy consultant to the Middle East Policy Initiative Forum, he blogs at Gathering.
GERARD ROSENBERG (executive director) was formerly National Coordinator of advocacy group Our World Our Say. Gerard has been chief executive of the Southern Screen Commission and creative development director of the International Broadcasting Trust. Previously he worked for Oxfam and is an active Quaker.
ADRIAN BANNISTER (projects manager), formerly supporter communication manager of advocacy group Our World Our Say, holds an MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
CHRIS GREEN (director) is chief executive of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters. Formerly director of the Poetry Society and deputy director of the City of London Festival, he has also been an arts consultant. Earlier, Chris worked as a television journalist and ran the press office for the Britain in Europe Campaign in 1975. He stood for parliament as a Liberal candidate from 1970 through to 1987 and is currently chair of the Liberal Democrats’ Broadcasting Advisory Panel.
HENRY TINSLEY (director) is Chairman of Green and Blacks Chocolate. Active in politics since he was 17, Henry is a member of the Labour Party. He is a trustee of the Carter Centre UK.
PAUL GREENING (director) is co-founder of Citizenscape, a research and consultancy service, and was formerly Head of Consultation Policy in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. He has developed and authored guidance for government departments and agencies on public involvement.
REBECCA TINSLEY (director) is a journalist and writer who has written in the New Statesman, The Times, The Independent and The Telegraph. Formerly with the BBC, she has had two novels published. She has stood twice for parliament and was national chair of the Union of Liberal Students. Rebecca is on the Human Rights Watch London committee and is a trustee of the Carter Centre UK and the Bosnian Support Fund.
ZOE MARS (director) is treasurer of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and former secretary for the Association of Social Research Organisations. She recently retired from the Institute of Development Studies, where she was responsible for the administration of research and graduate teaching programmes. She has also jointly edited several books on International Development.