Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses on the unanswered questions around internet freedom, mental health and housing. Election news, blogs, polls and predictions are combined with in-depth coverage of our three issues including roundtable debates, MP interviews and analysis.
In the run-up to the closest General Election in decades, we're taking an alternative look at three issues that don't often feature in campaign rhetoric but deserve to be addressed: internet freedom, mental health and housing.
In an election dominated by the key battlegrounds of the NHS, the economy and immigration, politicians aren't reaching people on other crucial issues.
Exclusive research from The Huffington Post UK has revealed that 84% of people can't name a single party's policy on digital rights, while 76% did not know of a policy on mental health, and 69% said the same on housing.
We'll be talking to politicians, experts and ordinary people affected by these issues, and trying to come up with solutions to the challenges - but we want you to get involved too.
That's why we're asking you to tweet using our hashtag #BeyondTheBallot, to tell us what subject you think isn't getting enough attention from Westminster, and why.
Which issues do you think aren't being talked about enough in the election? Tweet yours with #BeyondTheBallot to be part of a special series— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) April 10, 2015
Perhaps it's something being ignored, or perhaps it's a topic that gets lip-service but no sincere commitment beyond political point-scoring.
BEYOND THE BALLOT
Tweet your ideas with #BeyondTheBallot and we'll include the best in pieces we publish over the next few weeks.
The REAL cost of the benefits system #BeyondTheBallot— Sian Bell (@SianTinkerBell) April 10, 2015
The mess being created in the education system. #BeyondTheBallot— Sarah (@SarahKnowsNowt) April 10, 2015
@LouiseRidley Yep - two issues, care for the elderly and social cohesion. Lack of social cohesion is linked to poor care for the elderly.— Blondebombshellinc (@BlondeBshellinC) April 10, 2015
How about responsibility of MP's when colleagues do wrong or discussion on monarchy— June Coles (@msapplied) April 11, 2015
Not all lone parents are such by choice & should be helped not vilified #BeyondTheBallot— Miss Gale & co (@pawsmyworld) April 12, 2015
Every MP ignores it . I doubt if many of them have been in any council/social housing and none push the issue— jonnieofBRIXTON (@BrixtonofJonnie) April 10, 2015
@LouiseRidley No-one is prepared to be honest about anything that remotely ressembles policy in fear of alienating the electorate.— Pissed Off Scot (@pissedoff248) April 10, 2015
Federalism and a long term vision for a sustainable union #BeyondTheBallot— Timothy Wild (@WildTimothy) April 10, 2015
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