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Introducing '100 Days of Dave'

Paul Waugh | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Waugh

As we approach the landmark of the first 100 days of his government, we at HuffPost UK have asked Britons to assess the state of the nation under the Conservatives. '100 Days of Dave' is a special blogs project looking at what's worked, what hasn't, and what more we can expect over the next five years of this Parliament. From grassroots campaigners to Government ministers, from critics to supporters, we aim to show a breadth of opinion as we take the national temperature on a range of policies including child poverty, mental health, the environment, housing and LGBT rights.

A Sense of Direction: When Permanent Secretaries Object to Ministerial Decisions

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

Over the last few weeks, the government has published details of four 'ministerial directions' given by Secretaries of State to their permanent secretaries.

The Tories Just Declared War: Are the Left Ready For It?

Bradley Allsop | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

This Parliament must be the Left's Bildungsroman, its coming of age, its transformation once more into a powerful and compelling political force: the human and environmental devastation that awaits should we fail is simply too high a price to pay.

An Open Letter to Tim Farron

Hisham Nehar | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Hisham Nehar

With you as the front runner and likely successor to Clegg as Liberal Democrat Leader, I feel I ought to express some thoughts and make some points to consider moving forward after the party's decimation at the election.

Where the Left Went Wrong

Sarah Dougherty | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Dougherty

I am a member of the Liberal Democrats, but I write this piece as a member of the left more generally. And it's really quite a simple one. Looking at the results of last week's election, we fundamentally failed and were catastrophically wrong. Parties on the left have stopped responding to the electorate, and started talking at them instead.

Ten Defining Words of the 2015 General Election

Debbie Griffiths | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Debbie Griffiths

So, there we have it. A Conservative government with an absolute majority. Who'd have thought it? Very few, it seems. While there'll be much back slapping in Tory ranks, a big SNP knees up north of the border and genuine grins on Green faces, there'll be a lot of navel gazing in other parties...

Mass Workfare, Mass Sanctioning, Food Banks and Pay Day Loans: Welcome to the Recovery

Christian Garland | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The apparent 'economic recovery' of the UK of May 2015, can be seen in the extremely dubious terms set by the formerly incumbent Conservative-led coalition government, and none more so than in the widespread use of food banks and payday loans by the unemployed, and 'working poor' alike.

The Past Five Years Under The Tories, In Less Than Three Minutes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Comedy

In which we look back at the Conservatives' 'triumphs' over past five years... (Video made for HuffPost UK Comedy by Handface and David Schneider) ...

Why Are We All So Confused By the Election?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

With campaigning coming to an end, it appears that we are about to enter a period of total confusion. Whilst the parties are all claiming legitimacy in advance of the election result, the only outcome that will deliver certainty is a majority but looks extremely unlikely. The confusion on the part of the electorate is reflected in confusion amongst our politicians.

We Can't Wait For The Finale Of Mad Men...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Comedy

For all non-fans of the show... (Created for HuffPost UK Comedy by David Beresford and David Schneider) ...

Hydro-electric Power - Why a Coalition Government Could Make the UK Greener

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

The numbers speak for themselves. Hydro-electric power is currently the only renewable energy capable of replacing fossil fuels and it's about time we had a party in government that's going to get serious about cutting the UK's carbon footprint.

Don't Forget, Millions of Potential Voters Still Don't Know

Mark Flanagan | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

I think we can now officially call this the 'stalemate election'. Even the introduction of Boris has failed to break the shackles. The two main parties have been wheeling out all their 'big guns' in the last couple of weeks to no effect. And who do they have left? Does anyone at Tory HQ even have the mobile number for John Selwyn Gummer?

Let's Get Over Our Scotland-Envy and Join Up

Indra Adnan | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

Without a similar cause, how can the rest of the UK's broad left transcend its differences and make a break from politics as usual? Interestingly that moment and that opportunity is now upon us.

Tories Proposed £12 Billion Welfare Cuts Are Block To Lib Dem Coalition

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats will not prop up another Tory government should David Cameron insist on pushing through £12 billion in welfare cuts, Nick Clegg...

Youth Unemployment and the Legacy of Austerity Britain

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

As Labour MEP for one of the worst affected regions in the UK, I have made tackling youth unemployment a top priority and will do everything I can to ensure these issues are heard in the European Parliament.

Campaign Diary: Time for the Lib Dems to Recharge Their Batteries?

John Pienaar | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
John Pienaar

I watched the TV leaders debate on Thursday from the "spin room" at Media City in Salford. It's well named. The messages and slogans, briefing counter-briefing came at me from all directions. It was like being locked in a washing machine.

1,000 Jobs Created Every Day - But What Kind of Jobs?

Nick Stephenson | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

1.8 million more people are in work since 2010, and that works out at roughly 1,000 per day. It is when you dig a bit deeper that things start to unravel. Only from the middle of 2013 were more employee jobs created than lost. Of the 1.1 million rise in the number in work between 2008 and 2014, 732,000 were actually in self-employment.

New Coalition Beer Leaves A Predictably Bitter Taste In Taxpayers' Mouths

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics

This morning's cabinet meeting came with an unexpected present for every member - a free bottle of ale. Eric Pickles shared a picture on Twitter sh...

Number Of Unemployed Black And Ethnic Minority Youths Increased By 50% During Coaltion

PA | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The number of black and ethnic minority youngsters out of work for longer than a year has increased by almost 50% since the coalition came to power, a...

At Least The Greens Don't Seem Afraid Of Getting Into Bed With The SNP

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK

The Greens are hoping to build a so-called ‘progressive alliance' with the SNP, it will be announced today. At a spring conference in Liverpool ...

Who Are the Swing Voters?

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Politicians who want to protect and support that which is best about our country need to help people reconnect with our sense of fairness and our desire to live in a decent community that welcomes all human beings, in all their diversity.

The Liberal Democrat Index: Who's (Still) Voting Lib Dem?

Laurence Stellings | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

The Liberal Democrats are still forecast - by virtue of their ability to agree terms with either a Conservative or Labour led government - to have a better than 50% chance of being in Government after May. So who is still supporting the party and meaning it has a chance to, again, be a governing party?

Scottish Takeover

Dale Bilson | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

On 18 September, the people of Scotland voted against independence. The Scottish National Party (SNP), created in 1934 with independence as its central goal, had lost. Yet just five months later, they are now positioned as one of the big potential winners in May's UK General Election.

The Government's Failure to Tackle Youth Unemployment is Ridiculous

James Morris | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Morris

Ordinarily, an impending election would whip politicians into a mad frenzy of desperately trying to rectify such a disaster; then things might actually change. Another good reason for young people to vote.

Under Attack From a Beige Establishment: Why the Green Party Are Now a Major Political Force

Karl Davis | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.