UK Elections

Dear David Cameron, Don't Turn a Blind Eye to Appalling Voter Turnouts...

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

It isn't fair to say that people are "apathetic" or just "don't care" as some commentators may have you believe. These are important elections, important decisions. People do care about the direction of issues such as social care, education, and policing, it's borderline crazy to claim otherwise. So we need solutions, and sustainable ones at that.

The Big Challenges for the Next Mayor of London

Luke Springthorpe | Posted 10.01.2016 | UK Politics
Luke Springthorpe

I'm going to cut to the chase; the next few years are going to see London's infrastructure stretched to breaking point, and the next Mayor of London has a colossal job on their hands to prevent the capital's vital services and infrastructure from bursting at the seams.

How Do Political Parties Take Defeat?

Seth Alexander Thevoz | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Politics
Seth Alexander Thevoz

Understandably, much attention tends to focus on election winners -- to the victors go the spoils. Studying the habits of those in government seems endlessly more fascinating, revealing, and rewarding; and on a psychological level, everybody likes a winner and nobody likes a loser.

10 Simple Predictions for UK Politics in 2016

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

Jeremy Corbyn will still be leader of the Labour party and will be more popular (within his party) than ever. He'll try to move more mainstream and will do what he can to pull in moderate MPs to work with him, but his electorate will resist him and ultimately, he'll fail because it's not what his supporters want. While he gets safer...

Could Government by Referendum Ever Be Made to Work?

Matt Hawkins | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

If major policies of government were decided by a referendum of the public we wouldn't be bombing Syria, we'd stay in the EU (by our fingernails), Bri...

Huge Expectations as Burma Waits

Meg Munn | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

I arrived in Burma the day the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, was officially declared to have won the general election....

A Quarter Of People In Hackney Could Be About To Lose Their Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics

One in four people in the London Borough of Hackney could lose their right to vote by Christmas. Some 23% of the area's registered voters would be ...

House of Lords - To Elect or Not to Elect?

Salome Verrell | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics
Salome Verrell

Should the Lords become an elected chamber? Partly-elected perhaps but fully elected and we could end up with the same political game-playing and circus entertainment we often get with the House of Commons? Is that democracy? The public seem very discontent with politicians so why are we calling for more by having the Lords electable?

Burma Elections: Transition to Democracy and the Future of the Rohingya

Hugo Swire | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

2015 could be the most important year in Burma's recent history. The November general elections are the litmus test for the reform process which began in 2011. Successful elections would consolidate a remarkable, peaceful transition from dictatorship.

Amidst the Monotony Corbyn Gives Us Something New

Mariya Hussain | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mariya Hussain

Jeremy Corbyn has entered the Labour leadership race, and in a world of cardboard cut-out, stick-to-the-centre-and-don't-really-oppose politicians, he is rising to the top with the help of grass roots activists and supporters.

London Needs Self-Reliance to Weather Austerity

Tom Chance | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Chance

I don't like it, and have marched against it, but City Hall is going to face further austerity up to 2020. We need to come up with creative responses ...

Indyref2 Is a Distraction, Not an Inevitability

Alan Grant | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

There was a distinctly Orwellian flavour to the story that dominated Scottish politics over this past weekend. Former first minister, and current SNP ...

Labour Lacks Soul

Luke Bretherton | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Luke Bretherton

The Labour Party is a party without love and without sin. It can thereby do no right and no wrong in its own eyes. And so in the eyes of everyone else it is a party without life and soul. And a party without life and soul is not one you want to be at.

Where Do the Lib Dems Go From Here?

Mark Oaten | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Oaten

As MPs head off for the summer break this week, one man with little time to rest will be newly-elected Lib Dem leader Tim Farron. No lazy days by a Tuscan pool, I'm afraid, as he has less than two months before his first party conference and a big test ahead as he leads the Lib Dem fightback.

Unless Elections Modernise, Turnout in the EU Referendum Could Struggle to Surpass 50%

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

Participation is the bedrock of any democracy and the decision on whether or not the UK stays in the EU will affect us all. In order to obtain true value for money, time, and energy, it is essential that we ensure this decision meets the litmus test of democracy and is made by as many of us as possible.

Why I'm Backing Tom Watson for Deputy Leader

Kirat Raj Singh | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kirat Raj Singh

Tom's always had a strong reputation as a formidable grass roots campaigner and that was more than clear to see on the doorstep with his interactions with the voters. His visits to 109 constituencies in the run up to the general election always delivered a boost and he remained top choice as chief guest for many fundraising events held by local Labour party branches.

A Critical Year for the Commonwealth

Ellie Cumbo | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ellie Cumbo

If this longstanding institution is to live up to its potential as a global model of diverse states working to tackle common challenges and seize common opportunities, it needs the right leadership at this crucial moment. For the sake of the people and the countries that rely on the Commonwealth, and those who could benefit from its flourishing, let us hope their governments choose wisely.

Labour Can Be the Party of Aspiration, Aspiration, Aspiration

Tom Scholes-Fogg | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Scholes-Fogg

As the Labour party embarks on its path back to power following a second general election defeat, it has to do so by embarking on a pro-business and pro-aspiration agenda. Labour should embrace the achievements of its most electorally successful leader ever, Tony Blair, and build upon New Labour by creating a progressive party which is able to defeat the Tories in 2020.

What Are the Welsh Assembly Elections and How Do They Affect You?

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

Most people couldn't pick Leanne Wood out of a line up of generally forgettable politicians. So with the General Election over and done with, is that it for Wales? Not quite. In 2016 those of us registered to vote in Wales will be heading back to the polling booths to vote in the Welsh Assembly elections.

Britain Needs a Living Wage - @InMyUK

Thomas Diamond | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Diamond

I beg business to do the right thing and pay decent wages, something which has been shown to increase the productivity of workers. Finally, I speak to the potential leaders of my own party. Do not drop this much needed change in an attempt to seem more centrist. I am not convinced that there would be room for me in a party that does not fight poverty wages...

How to Create a Caring Society Despite a Conservative Government

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

feel privileged to be writing this post at my own computer in my own home with a roof over my head, having just had a shower with clean, hot running water, eaten a good breakfast and earning enough to live on, as well as to give and still have fun. I encourage you to count your blessings, and your money, and decide if you could do more, no matter who is allegedly running the country.

Election Day 2015: Live Images As They Come In

The Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK

After weeks of party leaders hitting the streets and campaigning for votes, election day is finally upon us. With the polls between Labour and Cons...

Imagine If You Weren't Allowed to Vote at All... But Were Stuck With a Government Making Decisions You Didn't Like

Kat Pugh | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Kat Pugh

May 7th is polling day, but I wonder if, when Big Ben chimes 10pm, and the last minute voters scramble to cast their votes, and the process of countin...

Which Political Party Is Good for Disabled People?

Simon Stevens | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

This election has been a confusing yet dull election. What was 5 years ago a traditional two and a half horse race has now exploded into a rainbow of parties, although they all seem to be fighting in their own ways for the middle ground, promising to be safe rather than bold.

It'll Be Alright On Election Night...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Comedy

It'll be alright on the night... as long as it's not election night. Handface and David Schneider round up some of the funniest fails and weirdest ...