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The Revolution Will Be Tweeted: The Need for Online Voting in General Elections

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

We have a problem in the UK with engaging young people to vote. In the last three General Elections, the turnout for young people aged 18 to 24 has been less than half; the lowest of all age groups. This needs to be addressed and I have a solution. We need to modernise our democracy and introduce an online voting option for all UK elections.

'Behind Every Great Woman Is an Effective Quota System' - Is This the Future of Women in the Boardroom?

Frances Dickens | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Frances Dickens

Businesses clearly have a long way to go before there is equality in the boardroom. But market forces rather than quotas are a large part of the answer.

Could Sochi Provide the Thaw That Anglo-Russian Relations Need?

Ruth Green | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Sport
Ruth Green

Although Downing Street has gone to great lengths to deny that Cameron is staging any kind of boycott, Bach clearly is far from convinced. "I always think if you don't have a dialogue, it's a missed opportunity."

Five Chocolate Hotels for Valentine's Day

Trivago.co.uk | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trivago.co.uk

From our very own Bournemouth to Paris and Mexico, guests can enjoy chocolate breakfasts, cocktails and even chocolate body treatments at these carefully selected establishments.

To Pay Interns in Parliament, We Must Change Attitudes on Expenses

Bart Williams | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bart Williams

Unpaid internships, especially those in Westminster, have been the focus of much attention over recent years. The image of MPs enjoying huge expenses allowances while their office interns sweat it out for their lunch is one banded around by some areas of the media and campaign groups alike.

World Trade Chief Warns UK Against EU Exit

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics

Britain would risk losing influence in trade negotiations if it leaves the European Union, the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has warned. ...

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

London, Kiev and Ankara - Three Challenges, One solution

Olivier Dupuis | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Olivier Dupuis

Among the numerous invisible elephants that haunt the seats of government of 27 of the 28 EU member-States is the particularly ghostly issue of the British question. The situation, however, is very real.

Raped or Tortured Women Seeking Asylum in UK too Often Face Detention, NGO Says

Katie Nguyen | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Nguyen

A vocal critic of the Ethiopian government, Sarah was arrested by police and thrown into jail where she was beaten and denied food. Fearing further persecution, a family friend managed to smuggle her out of prison and later, onto a plane to Dubai where she worked for an Arab family.

Storms on the Climate Horizon

Barry Gardiner | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Gardiner

Science tells us that no particular adverse weather event either can or should be put down to climate change. That is just not the way climate change works. However, science also tells us that climate change will certainly bring an increase in both the frequency and severity of adverse weather events in general.

The Top Ten Ukip Arguments (And Why They Are False)

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

Immigrants are not a strain on the public sector, austerity is. Moreover, if Ukip truly believe that "Britain is full", should the party be urging its members to stop procreating? Same-sex relationships would surely be far more patriotic?

Make Politics Social

David McGuire | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Politics
David McGuire

Why hasn't politics - more specifically, voting and influence - transferred into the realm of smartphones and micro-thinned tablets? It makes no sense. There is an obvious social disconnect here.

Another Global Trend For 2014: Youth Unemployment Will Remain High

Charles Oliver | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charles Oliver

January is the month that media outlets around the world predict the next big thing and showcase the newest trends, from exercise techniques to technology. Sadly, one trend that will continue this year from last will be that youth unemployment will remain high.

Aerospace Giant Throws Weight Behind UK Staying In EU

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The UK head of aerospace giant Airbus Group has warned that Eurosceptics will need to offer a "compelling" alternative model for Britain outside of th...

An English Parliament... And Not in London Either

Michael Fabricant | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Politics
Michael Fabricant

Decisions that need to be made together like our national finances, our transport programme, our welfare provisions, our diplomatic activities, and our national defence can still all be undertaken as at present by the Parliament in Westminster. But there is clearly a need for the English voice to be heard on other affairs of State. The Scottish referendum will increase the feeling of English nationalism and rather than ignore it and allow animosity to develop, let's look towards the practical.

D-Day for Northern Ireland

Patrick Corrigan | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Patrick Corrigan

Decision Day for Northern Ireland's politicians has arrived. For months now, they have gathered at round-table talks chaired by retired US diplomat, Dr Richard Haass, to tackle some of the region's thorniest problems: flags, parades and the past...

A Few Political Thoughts

Dr Andrew Crines | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Andrew Crines

This is not the nicest of days, so in that context I thought I'd present a few random political thoughts! Very briefly, at Westminster it was one where the Conservative Party publically re-embraced Thatcherism, where One Nation Labour struggled to emerge further yet held on for life, and the United Kingdom Independence Party continued its long march to significance...

There Is a Serious Problem With Diversity in the Legal System

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Sarosh Zaiwalla

For many years the legal profession has been transforming the demographic of its workforce to accommodate students from different backgrounds and creeds, but more still needs be done to ensure that more black and minority ethnic (BME) individuals break through the 'glass ceiling'.

10 Things Society Must Realise in Order to End the Drug War

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

As a society we need a serious paradigm shift regarding how much we allow the government to interfere with our free choices as citizens. The vast majority of people using illegal drugs in the UK are not addicts, but are perfectly functional members of society who enjoy drugs recreationally...

Asda Boss: We Could Reduce Food Prices In An Independent Scotland

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Asda has become the second of the Big Four supermarket chains to signal its food prices could fall in an independent Scotland if politicians stepped i...

Coming Out Shouldn't be a Courageous Act but It Remains So

Liam Beattie | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liam Beattie

What Tom Daley did is sadly still considered as being "brave" and it will continue to be so for as long as young people live in fear of revealing their sexuality. We must aim to develop the norms of society where by declaring your sexuality will be simply met with a smile or a shrug of the shoulders, as no one should have to be brave to be the person they are.

'Game-changing' Strategic Opportunity in China Is Missed by the United Kingdom

Adam Matthews | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

The United Kingdom is well positioned as a leader in many of these areas, in particular energy management systems, offshore wind and expertise to tackle air pollution. And, as the United Kingdom renews its own energy infrastructure, there are huge opportunities for collaboration.

Easing of the Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood? I'm Still Insulted

Daniel W Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel W Smith

In terms of equal rights this blood ban, whether it be a year or on a more permanent basis massively holds the UK back from granting full and complete recognition to the LGBT community as equal citizens.

Baroness Warsi Slams 'Ignorant' Fox News

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics

Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi has slammed "ignorant" Fox News and suggested the United States is not as "sophisticated" as Britain in how it ...

Golf Courses Take Up Twice As Much Of England As Our HOMES

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

Golf courses take up twice as much land in England as used for housing, according to recent calculations. With developers struggle to build enough ...