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EU Referendum Rick Edwards Podcast Cuts Through The Confusion For Young People

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2016 | (15:26)

Presenter Rick Edwards has launched a bold effort to cut through the "horse s**t" of the EU referendum campaign with a new podcast aimed at young voters.

With the under 30s largely switched off from electoral politics, yet nonetheless engaged with the issues, the podcast aims to cut...

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EU Referendum Polling Firms Use Innovative Methods To Reach Younger Voters

(0) Comments | Posted 21 June 2016 | (12:50)

Pollsters have used ever more innovative tactics to canvas the opinions of time-poor young voters ahead of the EU referendum.

Two leading polling firms have told The Huffington Post UK that younger voters are typically the most difficult to reach.

One has...

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Football Banning Orders Issued To Youths As Young As 12

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2016 | (12:43)

Over 100 youths as young as 12 have been served Football Banning Orders in the past three years.

Statistics obtained through freedom of information laws found one police force had barred 43 teens from matches.

The youngest subject of an order, a boy...

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EU Referendum Brexit Effect On Education, Universities And Learning

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2016 | (17:11)

Education is one of Britain’s most prestigious policy areas and the effects of a potential Brexit have prompted real concerns.

Britain is home of many of the world’s leading universities and its education system out performs some bigger European countries, according to studies.

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Glastonbury 2016: 43 Things Everyone With A Ticket Is Thinking Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2016 | (16:01)

There may be just days to go till Glastonbury, but let's be honest: nobody's ready. Here are 43 - yes, 43 - things everyone who's going is thinking right now.

1. Which rumours should I believe today? #Rihanna
2. Is there a camping store that *hasn’t* closed...

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The Water Waste Hacks That Could Save Students Thousands

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2016 | (14:56)

A group of students have won praise for their innovative water saving solutions, as it's revealed undergrads waste an average of two bathfuls every day.

The shocking problem was brought to light by a recent study, which suggested students needlessly use an average...

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Who Is Tommy Mair? Man Arrested Over Jo Cox Murder Linked To Far-Right Groups

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2016 | (08:16)

UPDATE: Police confirm far-right links are being investigated in murder of Jo Cox.

The man arrested over the murder of MP Jo Cox has been described as a "loner" by locals.

The BBC reports Nazi regalia was recovered at his home.

Thomas 'Tommy' Mair, 52, lived...

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Malia Bouattia, NUS President-Elect, Links Government Cuts To Terror Group Recruitment

(0) Comments | Posted 16 June 2016 | (12:50)

The privatisation of education has encouraged young people to join terror groups in Syria such as Islamic State, the new National Union of Students president has said.

Malia Bouattia, 28, told a debate last night that those travelling to the war-torn country to join groups fighting there "feel so disempowered they're left...

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An Entire Generation Risks Losing Its Sense Of Adventure, New Research Suggests

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2016 | (16:13)

A quarter of teenage boys say they've never had a real life adventure, a new survey has found.

A huge divide between generations was also revealed, with two-thirds of adults believing teens have fewer freedoms than they had while growing up.

And technology has been linked to reducing teens' desire...

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London Co-Living Sees Young Professionals Embrace Hundreds Of Flatmates

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2016 | (14:43)

Young professionals are increasingly comfortable sharing their home with up to 545 flatmates.

So-called 'co-living' spaces are being developed in London and elsewhere as a packaged solution to the...

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Three Times The Audience Won The HuffPost #EUDebate

(0) Comments | Posted 15 June 2016 | (11:06)

The Huffington Post UK's live EU debate was arguably won by the energetic and engaged audience.

Dozens of questions were fielded from invited HuffPost UK bloggers, Daily Telegraph subscribers and YouTubers.

Three exchanges between the panel, which included Conservatives Priti Patel and Boris Johnson, Labour's Liz Kendall and the SNP's Alex Salmond, and the audience stood out. Watch our compilation, above.

Now you’re on stage saying something completely different

Banseka Kayembe, 23, asked how Johnson could be trusted after having previously backed the EU and called the single-market “undeniably a great thing”. 

“Now you’re on stage saying something completely different,” she told the former London mayor at a Daily Telegraph/Huffington Post/YouTube debate on Britain’s membership of the EU

It's not about your egos, it's about our lives

Campaigner Rhammel Afflick struck the panel with a powerful request for them to stop speaking to each other and relate to the audience instead.

"Can I ask that the panel speak to the audience rather than each other," he said.

Adding: "I think all of these debates are a really good example of politicians talking to each other, it's not about our egos, it's about our lives."

We’re not going to take your promises seriously

Student Mems Ayinla told Leave campaigners Priti Patel and Boris Johnson that young people were in too much debt to consider Brexit.

"I think it’s unfair for you to sit there and not understand and sympathise with what students are actually going through in regards to how much debt," she said.

“We’re not going to take your promises seriously in regards to the better future you keep talking about - it’s hard to do when we have so much debt.”

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Student Slams #EUDebate Panel For Lacking Sympathy For Debt-Laden Young People

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2016 | (20:53)

A young voter told the high-profile panel of a live EU referendum debate that being saddled with tuition fee debt means students can't consider Brexit.

Mems Ayinla asked the panel of Tuesday's #EUDebate, run jointly by The Huffington Post UK, The Daily Telegraph and YouTube, whether they could explain the benefits of leaving.

The Warwick undergrad said: "Bearing in mind that most of the promises you [politicians] have made to students have actually just been decimated and you haven’t followed things through." Watch video, above.

The student continued: "It would be really nice if you could say something to students to actually let them know why we should leave rather than stay in."

Speaking for the Leave campaign, Conservative minister Priti Patel responded: "I’m pretty positive in terms of the future for students if we were to leave, on the basis that not just to secure and safeguard university funding but importantly there is a significant point about this in terms of our governance and having a parliament with sovereignty [so that] decisions being made in your interest in Westminster."

Asked to clarify university finances, Patel said: “Well of course we currently send money to Brussels and we’d have that money back in this country to spend on priorities such as universities." 

Interrupting, Labour's Liz Kendall said: “The magic money tree.”

Patel responded: “Actually Liz it’s not.”

Asked whether the answer was satisfactory, the student said: “That hasn’t really helped I think it’s unfair for you to sit there and not understand and sympathise with what students are actually going through in regards to how much debt.

"We’re not going to take your promises seriously in regards to the better future you keep talking about - it’s hard to do when we have so much debt.”

The live debate was streamed on YouTube and included Patel and Kendall, alongside Conservative Boris Johnson and the SNP's Alex Salmond.

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Watch Keira Knightley's Expletive-Laden Plea For Young People To Vote

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2016 | (14:59)

Hollywood star Keira Knightley has launched an attention-grabbing plea for young voters to cast their ballots in next week's EU referendum.

Knightley, 31, filmed the skit for pro-EU...

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Duke Of Cambridge Announces Cyberbullying Taskforce Backed By Tech Giants

(0) Comments | Posted 14 June 2016 | (12:55)

The Duke of Cambridge is to lead tech giants Snapchat, Facebook and Google in an effort to combat cyberbullying among children and young people.

The Duke has asked the Taskforce on the Prevention of Cyberbullying to consider how to make it easier for children and...

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Brexit Music Video Aims To Challenge 'Dry And Stale' EU Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted 13 June 2016 | (14:28)

A young Londoner has spent her own cash on a professional music video in an effort to make the EU referendum campaign more appealing to Millennials.

Corrine Sawers, 29, spent hundreds of pounds on the video in an effort to combat the "dry and stale voices" that have formed the campaign thus far.

She told The Huffington Post UK: "There were a lot of discussions going on about the EU referendum among my colleagues and friends and how to talk to young people." Watch the video, above.

She added: "Men in suits and whatever aren’t going to appeal to young people."

Corinne, the daughter of former MI6 chief Sir John Sawers, says that security is among the reasons she backs a vote to remain in the EU.

"I think the issues are incredibly complicated and what I do know is that those who are smart and deeply informed on security, economy, and even issues of equality say we should remain and I’m taking my lead from them," she said.

"The Leave campaign seems old white male whereas Remain seems more a cross-section of society," she added. "This video is about diversifying the voices of the campaign."

The professionally-produced video is a take on Robyn's classic 2010 track Dancing On My Own.

Professional actor Laura Hanna, also 29, is the lead singer in the video, appearing with a Bowie-esque Union Jack motif glittered across her eyes.

Corinne's friends made up the rest of the cast and her Brixton flat doubled as a location.

On whether Robyn herself had seen the video, Corinne said: "I've tried to get in contact with her people in Sweden, I'd love for her to see the video."

The video has since been shared by former Labour communications director Alistair Campbell, and Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever.

Read more about how the EU referendum affects young voters and Millennials here.

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Nigel Farage Says Europe Is 'Dull' And The World Is 'Bigger, Better, Broader'

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (16:48)

Nigel Farage drew fury from the young audience of a live EU debate on Friday, when he suggested Europe "seemed dull" and so students shouldn't want to travel...

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Brexit And Chill Creators Explain Idea Behind Referendum Memes

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (16:05)

The European creators of an Instagram project hoping to make the EU referendum less boring for young people say they are astonished Brits don't yet know how to vote.

Teresa Guggenberger, 24, and Alexandra Seidl, 23, both advertising students, created 'Brexit and Chill' as a means of making...

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AQA Biology GCSE Exam Prompts Dread Among Students

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (14:58)

Friday’s final AQA Biology GCSE papers left some students dreading results day, if reaction on post-exam Twitter is anything to go by.

The B2 and B3 exams capped off the subject for secondary pupils, who now have two papers each for both physics and...

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Emotional Appeal Launched After Teen Left To Celebrate Birthday Alone

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (11:02)

A teen left distraught after nobody attended her 18th birthday party has received overwhelming support and even gifts by well wishers after an emotional appeal.

Hallee Sorenson, who has autism, was pictured sitting alone at the table of her celebration last year, after classmates and acquaintances ignored invitations to attend.

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Thousands Are Sharing This *Very Millennial* Essay That Everyone Hopes Isn't Real

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2016 | (10:26)

Academic standards are the bane of many a university student's life.

Harvard citations, accurate references, avoiding personal conjecture.

Yet one American college student appears to have thrown out these age-old traditions in favour of a more, erm, modern style.

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