UK Elections

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 ...

The Cross and the Ballot Box

Canon J.John | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Canon J.John

I do not know how evangelicals will vote in this election; a number of people I talk to have still not made up their minds. I have confidence, however, that evangelicals will play a significant part in the election. I have a still greater confidence that, in the years ahead, the role of evangelicals in the political process will be very significant indeed.

Technology and the UK Elections

Adam Fisch | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech
Adam Fisch

Each party has to a greater or lesser degree included some mention of technology in their manifestos, but not enough focus has been applied and there are and will be issues the next government will have to address.

This American Loves the UK Elections So Much He Crowdfunded a Trip to Be There

Samantha Booth | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Samantha Booth

Meet Skylar Jordan, an American journalist who has raised $1500 - around £979 - to fly to the UK to write about the general election.

10 Reasons to Vote Cruelty Free on 7 May

Carla Owen | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Carla Owen

In the UK, around 22 million people share their homes with at least one companion animal. Yet, despite being a nation renowned for our love of animals, across the country animals continue to suffer and die in laboratories. ..

The Trust Election - Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Richard Newman | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Newman

With less than a week to the election, people around the UK have repeatedly said that they want to vote for a leader they can trust, who gives clear answers on their policies and who can explain how they are different from everyone else.

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.

Switching Off E4 on Election Day Will Not Help Engage Young Voters

Richard Berry | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Berry

We need a significant in how we provide political education and information in the UK. This patronising, panicky intervention from Channel 4 is not a step in the right direction.

Politics, Media and Everyday People

Martyn Sibley | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Martyn Sibley

There seems to be such a void between politics, the media and everyday people. All I seem to read, watch and hear is immigrants and disabled people draining our society. Yet the recession, debt and issues we currently face began in financial sectors. Sectors that remain propped up by our government.