Why Politician Dream Girls Support 50:50 Parliament

Charlie Brades | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Brades

Life experiences really shape the way we see the world and Parliament needs to reflect a diverse range of experiences and worldviews. Women are a part of that. But this isn't just about women, it's about LGBT, race, disability and social economic back grounds. Parliament make and change our laws, it's not good enough to be waiting so long to finish the work of human rights campaigners. There is a very easy way to make sure our parliament is as current as we are, it is this: representation, representation, representation.

The Web Is Bringing People Into Politics - But Are Politicians Keeping Up?

Brie Rogers Lowery | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Tech
Brie Rogers Lowery

A revolution in technology over the past decade has shaken up business models underpinning everything from how we share and consume news and ideas, to how we shop or find a date. We live in an on-demand world, and as we enter the final weeks of the 2015 election, we're seeing how democracy is also being reshaped by the web.

Please, No More Broken Promises: No More Broken Families

Leo Andrade | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Politics
Leo Andrade

Even now, when I go to see my son, he falls asleep in my lap. His finer motor skills are totally lost, he trembles so much he can't even hold his fork and he drags his feet along because his body is so weak. To see my son so yellow and so sad is not the Stephen we know.

The Clarkson Fracas - An Idiot's Guide

Ben Morgan | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Ben Morgan

in the face, so it was amazing that people even bothered to begin a campaign for Clarkson's dismissal. It's a given. You're wasting your time and clogging up my Facebook news feed. IDIOTS!

Why Two Russian Bears Are Symbolic of the Suffering That Millions of Wild Animals Face on a Daily Basis, Around the World

Mike Baker | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Mike Baker

The two Sochi bears represent a tiny window on the huge and growing problem of wild animals used in entertainment. But sometimes, it's the cases of individual suffering that tell the story a little more readily, and have the power to effect change for a far greater number.

Victory for New Era: Capping a People-Powered 2014

Kajal Odedra | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK
Kajal Odedra

Without the use of the internet and social media the New Era residents would have struggled to put pressure on a decision maker thousands of miles away. And without good old fashioned solidarity rallies, the campaign would have failed to capture the hearts of the public. That's how you win campaigns today.

No Adult Should Be Sending a Sexual Message to a Child

Claire Lilley | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Claire Lilley

Earlier this year a conversation with an MP was the catalyst that led me to realise there was a major flaw in the laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse. The teenage daughter of a constituent had been sent a series of text messages by an older man. The messages had started off innocently enough but then became more sexual in tone...

What the Human Zoo Tells Us About Online Engagement

Kajal Odedra | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kajal Odedra

The web and sites like means that people can speak out and have more impact than ever before - proving wrong the assumption that the public don't care about politics. They care about the issues that matter to them and when institutions like the Barbican are challenged - we should celebrate that disruptive behaviour, whether you agree with Sara's campaign or not.

I Support Leo Andrade-Martinez, a Mother Fighting to Bring Her Severely Autistic Son Home

Jo Worgan | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Leo Andrade-Martinez is a mother of 3 from Islington, London and 16 months ago her world was turned upside down when her son, Stephen 19 who has severe autism was placed into a psychiatric unit at St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, which is 80 miles from their Islington home.

Award Winning Student Newspaper in Funding Crisis

Leo Garbutt | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Leeds Student is valued by students and is an asset to the reputation of both Leeds University Union and the University. Going forward, this must be recognised by the Union.

Pistorius Advert Is Most Complained-About UK Advert Of All Time

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Paddy Power's controversial Oscar Pistorius advert has become the most complained-about UK advert of all time with the Advertising Standards Authority...

Pendant In A Teacup

Nabila Pathan | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nabila Pathan

Let's be clear, the man wearing the pendant, as part of the story plot in the music video, disintegrated. The pendant was not the target. Even the accusation that it could be covert targeting really does not convince. It was a fashion accessory, albeit a poor choice for an ancient Egyptian video shoot where Arabic was not even the language of the times being depicted.

Russell Brand Didn't Cave to the System, He Hacked It

Katherine Sladden | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Politics
Katherine Sladden

In Jon Snow's interview with Russell Brand last week the presenter accused the comedian of inconsistency for rallying against parliamentary democracy while asking people to sign a government e-petition. I think Jon missed the point. Russell Brand didn't play by the rules of our parliamentary system, he hacked it.

Distracted by a Big, Shiny Arms Deal - David Cameron Has Abandoned a British Citizen, Please Help

Alastair Sloan | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The Brits are big in the weapons game too, in fact our tiny isle is second only to the mighty U.S of A in arms manufacturing and exporting.

Why Muslims Don't Like Cartoons

Sharmeen Ziauddin | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Sharmeen Ziauddin

When I hear the word 'cartoon' and 'Muhammad' in the same sentence, I cringe and prepare myself for a plethora of conflict and disharmony between Muslims and the rest of the world. To the West we Muslims may come across as over-zealous, overexcited and too defensive-but this is not without reason...

No2BedroomTax Campaigners Calls on the Scottish Government to Fund Bedroom Tax Shortfall in Scotland

Alan Wyllie | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

On Tuesday 28 January, the No2BedroomTax Campaign will present our petition that calls for "the Scottish Government to make approximately £50 million available to mitigate all effects of the bedroom tax in Scotland" to the Welfare Reform Committee at the Scottish Parliament. This petition is not asking for changes in legislation but instead calls for a temporary funding measures that will protect tenants, Housing Associations and Councils in Scotland.

FGM Campaigners Reach 100,000 Signatures Needed for Parliamentary Debate

Dexter Dias QC | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK
Dexter Dias QC

When the moment finally arrived, Leyla Hussein was asleep. Since July last year, along with her anti-FGM colleagues, she's been tirelessly campaigning to secure the 100,000 signatures necessary to qualify her petition for a Parliamentary debate on Female Genital Mutilation. Then at about 4am on Friday morning, the campaign finally crossed that particular finishing line.

Jessica Elgot

How Online Campaigning Won 2013 | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Online campaigning certainly has its critics. In a forthcoming book, researchers from Oxford University say they have found 99.9% of e-petitions f...

The Effect of the Sun's Page Three On UK Society

Jack Fletcher | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

We all know sex sells but the topless women pictured on The Sun's Page 3 are being objectified - not treated as real and normal human beings. There is no doubt the women are doing it out of free will but it is all about context as a NEWSpaper.

Do Elephants Deserve Foreign Aid?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Zac Goldsmith MP is calling on the UK government to release some of its billions of 'Foreign Aid' money to help stop the decimation of wildlife in developing nations. We at Care for the Wild helped to draft the wording of Zac's Early Day Motion (EDM) and fully support it, but why?

Bedroom Tax Protest in Glasgow Planned for 29 March 2014

Alan Wyllie | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The Bedroom Tax was introduced in April 2013 to public outrage to a blatantly unfair policy. Tenants and activists warned of the devastation that the bedroom tax would bring; The debt, evictions and mental torment that would hit some of the most vulnerable tenants in the UK.

Bedroom Tax Mitigation in Scotland

Alan Wyllie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Wyllie

The Under-Occupancy Element of the Welfare Reform Act 2012 has created scores of headlines in the media. The obvious unfairness of a policy that penalises tenants in social housing who are deemed to have a 'spare' bedroom instinctively goes against the values of the majority of the electorate...

Autumn Dangers for Our Pets

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

It looks like our glorious British summer maybe well and truly over for another year so what better time to highlight some important autumnal hazards now facing our beloved pets?

Transphobia Is in the Dictionary

Claudia White | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Claudia White

I could not be more proud of each and every person who signed my petition and made this possible. The first step in tackling a problem is identifying it, and that is what this petition is about: We have officially defined and identified transphobia. It's not about accepting that transphobia takes place, but about identifying that there is a problem and tackling it.

Dear Tour De France, It's About Time You Let Women Cycle Too

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For the past 100 years, the Tour de France has been one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. But, sadly, it has also been one of the ...