UK Elections

Corbyn Supporter Tipped To Fight Copeland By-Election

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn and grassroots movement Momentum are facing a key test in the Copeland by-election as one of his supporters emerged as the favourite to ...

Democracy: The Most Educational Form Of Government

Tom Bailey | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

Even if democracy did not encourage a more educated citizenry, it would still be the only morally defensible way to decide the laws that govern society, and would still be the best guarantor of liberty and rights. Lasch's argument, however, is worth remembering the next time someone wheels out ancient platitudes about people being too stupid for democracy to work.

Force Political Parties To Field Women Candidates With New Law, Say MPs

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics

Political parties should face fines if they fail to ensure at least 45% of their parliamentary candidates are women, MPs have said today. Of the 650 M...

What Does 2017 Hold In The Political World?

Alistair Jones | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics
Alistair Jones

For many people, 2016 was seen as a terrible year. Their worst political nightmares came to be: Brexit, and Trump winning the US presidential elections being seen as the strongest cases in point. Yet for many others - including, most obviously, Nigel Farage, those same events were seen as their political dreams coming true. 2016 was a year to treasure!

Requiring ID From Voters Protects Us All

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Who knows how our new British experiment will turn out. But a democracy is only democratic if voting is restricted to those entitled to vote. Measures aimed at ensuring that are, in principle, to be applauded.

Vote Count Begins In Ghana’s Two Horse Election Race

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK

Ghanaians have voted to elect the next president of the West African nation. Despite concerns about the credibility of the elections, voter enthusiasm...

Elections Likely To Be Won Or Lost On Housing

William Humphries | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Politics
William Humphries

Once seen as a tenure of transition into homeownership, private renting has increasingly become the last stop for many Britons. Politicians need to wake up to this reality and help voters get a foot in the door of their own homes.

Five Quick Lessons From The 2016 US Election Results - What A Donald Trump Win Tells Us

Ifeanyi Abraham | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ifeanyi Abraham

As twisted as it may seem, a Trump victory is actually a victory for democracy. People can truly decide to rise above the expectations of their friends, society, other countries, etc.' and vote with their hearts for who they want, not caring how the media has painted him. Whether they chose fear over progress or not, you can't take away that the results show Democracy as the true winner.

Let History Judge The Vandalism Of Trump's Star

Janet Awe | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Janet Awe

A talented music composer and lovely friend of mine, Stuart Wood, moved to LA from London, three years ago. It's been very interesting to follow his a...

Sparks Fly: Is Theresa May Really In Charge Of The Conservative Party?

Gavin Devine | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

Within the Tory ranks there are few if any genuinely big beasts around whom alternative camps may form, even though George Osborne is trying to position himself as one with his customary lack of subtlety. But the Premiership now is a poisoned chalice, with no way of avoiding fights as Brexit is navigated.

Five Simple Ways To Improve Democracy In The UK

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

It seems like the distant past now, but in the few weeks up to the registration deadline for the EU referendum, more than 1.35 million people applied ...

Corbyn's Opponents Have Lost Sight Of The Bigger Picture: Things Are Much Worse Than They Claim

Sam Harrison | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Harrison

The right of the Labour Party, for all its doom-stricken expressions and angry attacks on Corbyn and his adherents, is in fact being insufficiently pessimistic. They seem to think that if they replace their leader with a balding, uncharismatic, middle-class technocrat, it will be sufficient to avert the collapse of the Labour electoral coalition, ride out the politically destabilising effects of Brexit, and confront the emerging problem of a new fascism that could define the future of western politics. Myself, I shall stick with Corbyn.

It's Not All About EU: Why We Need to Make Voting More Attractive to Young People

Joe Levenson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Levenson

What goes down should also be able to go up, and it's not too long ago that younger people's turnout was so much higher than now. But the longer that disengagement goes on, the harder it's likely to be to reverse, and reversing it also means understanding why this is happening in many other countries and where progress is being made.

Should the United Kingdom Remain a Member of the European Union?

Matthew Beevor | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Beevor

"Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?" That is the question that British voters will be asked in one week's time. I overwh...

Policing the Police

James Hargrave | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
James Hargrave

As it was only the first time round in 2012 we weren't able to tell whether Chiefs had a right to be worried, perhaps this time, over the next six months, we'll be able to establish if there's a pattern.

The Orange and Green State for a Protestant and Catholic People

Brian John Spencer | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a disaffected people in possession of a dysfunctional government must be in want of an alternative. A lame government is a dead government. Not in Northern Ireland. Naomi Long said ahead of the election, "The public will not forget the time squandered in delay, deadlock and division."

On Democracy and Demagogues

Robin Lustig | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Let us lift our heads from England's town halls. Let us ignore the governments of Scotland, Wales, and northern Ireland. And let us even, if we can, pay no attention at all to the next mayor of London, one of the greatest cities in the world.

Youngest Ever MSP Elected In Historic Scottish Greens Victory

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A 21-year-old has become the youngest ever Member of Scottish Parliament after being elected on Thursday. Ross Greer stood for the Scottish Green Part...

Find Out The Election Result Times From Where You Live

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK

Voters around the country went to the polls Thursday to vote in elections for mayors, police and crime commissioners, councils and two parliamentary b...

London Council Issues 'Emergency' Voting Procedure After Disruption

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK

A London council has been forced to introduce an "emergency" voting procedure after widespread problems affected scores of residents on Thursday. Repo...

David Cameron Had A Bit Of Trouble When He Went To Vote

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Comedy

All the photographers are out in force today to capture politicians placing their votes in the local elections, and we've already seen Corbyn's rather...

Dogs At Polling Stations Are The Best Thing About Today

The Huffington Post | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Comedy

If last year's general election taught us anything, it's that polling day can be a bit dull - that's why everyone on Twitter was mostly paying attenti...

How To Check If You're Registered To Vote In Today's Elections

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK

Did you register to vote for the local elections and London Mayoral elections on 5 May? If you did, you should have been sent a polling card in the po...

Police and Crime Commissioners: The Forgotten Elections

Kenneth Bunker | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Kenneth Bunker

While it seems overwhelming likely that Conservative and Labour and independents will dominate the upcoming elections, it is positive news that other parties have decided to increase their number of candidates fielded. This is important for diversity of views in the institution. The prospects of a higher turnout is also good news, given that higher participation levels are associated with a stronger perception of legitimacy. It would be a great triumph for the newly established elections.

Lebanon: Local Elections Represent a Chance for Change

Meg Munn | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Meg Munn

Lebanon is in the middle of a crisis. The proximity of fighting and the influx of refugees is challenging. Nonetheless proper political processes should be in place and holding successful local elections would be an important step for the country. While support to Lebanon to manage the refugee crisis and the defence issues is vital the international community should also encourage the development of local democratic institutions.