UK Elections

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 05.05.2016 | 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.

Everything You Need To Know About The May 5th Elections In Your Area

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics

A host of United Kingdom elections are scheduled to be held on Thursday 5 May 2016, including the London Mayoral election, English council elections a...

I am a Young Woman of Colour and Faith - Why Should I Care About the Welsh Assembly Elections?

Sahar Al-Faifi | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sahar Al-Faifi

After all, there will not be a whole country, a whole city or whole community greater than the sum of its parts, unless most citizens of the UK and Wales in particular feel that this land is theirs - ours and that we are in it, of it and willing to know it.

This Is The Voter Registration Deadline Ahead Of The EU Referendum

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Registering to vote is quick, simple, and best of all you can do it right now. And you should. The deadline for registering to vote ahead of the EU po...

21 March 1776: A Forgotten Anniversary?

Matthew McCormack | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew McCormack

Historians like anniversaries. Every morning on Twitter I enjoy reading 'this day in history' tweets. Key anniversaries can also focus the mind: the c...

Why Britain Should Scrap Democracy in Favour of Sortition

Oliver Norgrove | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Norgrove

If campaigning for a Brexit with Vote Leave has taught me anything this year, it is that democracy isn't all that it is made out to be. Horse-shoein...

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.