United Kingdom

Democrats Abroad United Kingdom (DAUK) is the official country committee for U.S. Democrats living in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. We have many activities throughout the year, including speakeasies, film screenings, panel discussions, voter registration events, one of the largest Independence Day Picnics outside of the United States, and much more. 

If you are a U.K.-based American and would like to get involved, first join Democrats Abroad (it's free!) so you'll hear about all of our activities.  You can register to vote and join DA by going to votefromabroad.org 

Inge Kjemtrup, Chair 
Democrats Abroad United Kingdom (DAUK)

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For all media inquiries, please contact press@democratsabroad.org.uk or +44 20 3514 1410
For all inquiries about the 2020 Independence Day Picnic, please contact picnic@democratsabroad.org.uk

DAUK chapters and regions
Cambridge: cambridge@democratsabroad.org.uk 
Oxford: oxford@democratsabroad.org.uk 
Scotland: scotland@democratsabroad.org.uk
Midlands: midlands@democratsabroad.org.uk
Yorkshire and the Humber: yorkshirehumber@democratsabroad.org.uk

DAUK groups  
Action Team: actionteam@democratsabroad.org.uk   
Book Club: bookclub@democratsabroad.org.uk
Black Caucus: blackcaucus@democratsabroad.org.uk   
Film Committee: films@democratsabroad.org.uk
LGBTQ+ Caucus: lgbt@democratsabroad.org.uk   
Policy Network and Resolutions: policynetwork@democratsabroad.org.uk
States Committee: states@democratsabroad.org.uk   
Taxation Tax Force: taxcom@democratsabroad.org.uk
Voter Registration: gotv@democratsabroad.org.uk 
Women's Caucus: womenscaucus@democratsabroad.org.uk and www.womenscaucus.co.uk
Young Democrats: youngdems@democratsabroad.org.uk

Volunteer with DAUK! volunteers@democratsabroad.org.uk



DA United Kingdom Leadership:

Inge Kjemtrup
| DAUK Chair
David Wenk
| Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad UK
Joshua Van der Ploeg
| DAUK Treasurer
Siera Burtrum
| Secretary and DPCA Voting Representative, UK; Council Member, UK; Progressive Caucus EMEA Chair
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  • Upcoming Events

    Monday, November 18, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Brixton Library in London, United Kingdom

    Black Caucus: An Evening with Tayari Jones, Author of 'An American Marriage'

    Join us for an evening with the Women's Prize for Fiction winner, Tayari Jones, in conversation at Brixton Library. Her latest book, An American Marriage, is a powerful story about love and family, injustice and strength. Tayari Jones is a masterful storyteller, but also a visionary writer, unafraid to address important issues about race, class and society head-on. We have 15 tickets available for this DAUK gathering.

    RSVP to blackcaucus@democratsabroad.org.uk to claim yours. Any questions, please ask.

    This event is free and was organized by Lambeth Libraries as part of their Black History Month celebration

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 08:00 PM · £35.00 GBP
    The Backyard Comedy Club in London, United Kingdom

    Comedy Night with Rich Hall

    DAUK's always popular Comedy Night this year finds us at the Backyard Comedy Club, and proceeds couldn't be going to a better place: providing voting centers across the UK so that you can vote in the Global Presidential Primary next March. Become a Host supporter and you'll be helping many others exercise their right to be heard in the crucial overseas election in our primary. Or give any amount to help others vote.

    Rich Hall joins us this year, along with our old friend, Erich McElroy. We will also give a warm DAUK welcome to Dane Baptiste and Robyn Perkins.

    Please consider treating yourself to a VIP table through either a Gold or Silver option. Tickets are £35 to £500. Funds will help cover costs of everything from venues to paper ballots, with a lot in between!

    This event regularly sells out so don’t delay, book tickets now! You can RSVP and get your tickets here.

    About the Venue: Drinks and bar food, including pizzas and sandwiches, will be available for purchase at the Club.

    Age Guidance: 16+ (Any minor must be accompanied by a responsible adult. And this is pretty adult humour, so mom and dad ... you have been warned.)

    The Artists making it happen...

    Erich McElroy (Emcee): Eric is a regular on television and radio, where he talks comedy and politics on shows such as BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Sky News, Five News and programs like BBC 5 Live, Love Sport Radio and TalkRadio. He is the creator and co-host of the Pod To Be An American podcast and his most recent Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, (US) Electile Dysfunction and Top Trumps, which received numerous four and five-star reviews.

    - Rich Hall: Rich's critically acclaimed grouchy, deadpan style has established him as a master of absurdist irony and the king of rapid-fire wit. The award-winning Montana native is renowned for his expertly crafted tirades and quick fire banter with audiences. This is a comedian who’s plain spoken growling indignation and acerbic observations have an unerring talent for hitting his targets with precision every time, leaving his audience hanging on every word winning him fans all over the globe. Hall has been described as a transatlantic messenger lampooning each country he visits with his common sense, and he is no less harsh to his homeland. "As close as it gets to a guaranteed good show"- Scotland on Sunday. "Blissfully Funny"- The Guardian.

    - Dane Baptiste: Original and provocative, Dane has already being hailed as one of the most exciting acts to break in years. The London born stand up made comedy history in 2014 as the first black British act to be nominated for a Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. TV credits include hosting Live at the Apollo (BBC Two) and Live from the Comedy Store (Comedy Central), Tonight at the London Palladium (ITV1), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Live from the BBC (BBC Two), 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4) and his own BBC sitcom, Sunny D. In 2020 he will launch his brand new show The Chocolate Chip. "A comical genius"- Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. "Masterfully crafted"- The Herald.

    - Robyn Perkins: Since 2011, American comedian Robyn Perkins has been combining her scientific background with her ridiculous life stories. Her "exceptionaly charismatic" (Voice Magazine) style has also allowed her to delve into more sensitive topics. She regularly hosts various clubs across London including Angel Comedy, Top Secret Comedy Club and Laugh Train Home. "Sharp, insightful, touching,but above all really, really funny."- Three Weeks. "This is a window into her life delivered with refreshing directness and plenty of feisty humor."- Fringe Review.

    This event is CLOSED to the press.


    A Message from the Elections Committee

    A reminder that Saturday, February 9, 2019 is the deadline to nominate someone (including yourself) for all roles including: officers, voting representatives, ex comm members or council members. Please submit your nominations by the end of the day (i.e. 11:59 p.m.).
    The elections will take place following the Annual General Meeting and during the Biennial General Meeting of DAUK on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at David Game College, 31 Jewry Street, London EC3N 2ET.
    If you would like to nominate someone (including yourself) for any role please contact us via this nomination form by Saturday, February 9, 2019.
    If you plan to attend the General Meeting, please RSVP on our page on Eventbrite.
    Have any questions, concerns or would like to volunteer at the General Meeting? Please contact the Elections Committee at elections@democratsabroad.org.uk
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    2020 Starts Now: Voter Registration Wants You!

    The GOTV team had a recap meeting of our 2018 efforts in December. In short, with the help and support of DA International, the DAUK ExComm, committee chairs and other members, our team held well over 100 drives in 2018. We registered more voters, especially students, went to more locations outside London and held more repeat drives than ever before. The upshot is we want to do more of what we did in 2018 and do it better. Absentee ballots made the difference in key races in 2018. We hope to replicate and amplify that success in 2020. DAUK members interested in helping at any level, please email gotv@democratsabroad.org.uk. A spring planning meeting will be confirmed, and drives will start in January 2020.

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