On 31 January 2020 KOD UK welcomed the candidate for the President of the Republic of Poland, Mrs Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm. Mrs Kidawa-Błońska came to London to meet her prospective voters at the Polish Social & Cultural Association (POSK) in Hammersmith. She was accompanied by a MEP Bartosz Arłukowicz and Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Former Minister for Science and Higher Education.
The meeting was attended by about 200 people. A lot of questions from the audience members were asked. They covered a diverse range of topics, such as how the new president can restore (at least partially) the rule of law and independence of the judiciary, what can be done for the young people in Poland who struggle financially and often seek better opportunities abroad, whether a long lasting separation of politics and public services from the Catholic Church can be archived, etc.
Mrs Kidawa-Błońska emphasised the importance of public consultations and taking into account the opinions of all people affected by the laws. It was useful to have a meaningful discussion about the challenges Poland and the world were facing. This was in great contrast to the usual level of the public discourse in the media (especially those controlled by the ruling Law and Justice party).
During her visit, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska met with Polish pupils in the Polish Saturday School in Putney, to talk about The Constitution of The Republic of Poland, Mrs Kidawa-Błońska also visited the Katyń memorial at the Gunnersbury Cemetery in London and met with students at University of Cambridge.