UK Voting

Here's Why You Should Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

That's why we've teamed up with British Politics for Dummies to gently nudge you in the direction of the ballot box.. SEE ALSO: Here's Where T...

Sorry to Burst Your Balloon, But Spoiling Your Ballot Isn't the Big Bad Protest You Think It Is!

Gordon Bryan | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gordon Bryan

Whenever a General Election campaign gets into full swing, I bet you see the same posts on social media that I do, about rebelling by spoiling the ballot paper. Well, sorry to burst anyone's balloon, but it really doesn't have the impact you think it does...

Celebrity S**ts in Bucket / Prisons in Crisis

Georgia Brown | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK
Georgia Brown

My dad is in maximum-security prison after an unreliable career in armed robbery. He already served ten-years and was finally promoted to an open prison - you know the ones - the kind we reserve for our white-collar criminals like celebrity politicians Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken. Annoyingly my dad didn't write a best seller in the last few months of his stretch...

Your Vote Can Change the UK

Amelia Womack | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

The Scottish independence referendum was proof that a positive campaign, engaging rather than side-lining young people, will inspire people of all ages to vote. The major political parties have forgotten this... But there is an alternative.

Meh-lection 2015

Jonathan Davis | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Davis

Let me start first by saying this, politics is a huge part of my life. I've been following political debates for a long time, I've written articles for newspapers and websites about political issues and I'm finally inching towards the end of a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics after six years without a social life. However, what you're watching on television and reading in the newspapers at the moment could only generously be described as politics...

I'm Not Voting and I Don't Feel Guilty

Michael Stevenson | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Stevenson

What's the solution? Claiming to know how to restructure society so that everyone feels engaged, and duly represented, in a fair political system would be the height of ego - so I won't attempt...

Here's Why I Consider It Essential to Vote, But Don't Think Compulsory Voting Is the Answer!

Gordon Bryan | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Gordon Bryan

With the 2015 General Election looming large, there seems little doubt that it will be a close one. I stood as an Independent Candidate in the previou...

Promise to Do Nothing and Get Elected

Dr Julie Mills | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Julie Mills

In all the pre-election excitement/apathy/hype/horror (make your own selection and delete as appropriate) I have a novel idea for politicians of all parties everywhere. Promise, if elected, to do as little as possible. I'm convinced it's a winner.

We Must Make Sure Every Voice Is Heard

Mathew Lawrence | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mathew Lawrence

The political system currently fails to accommodate them; by ensuring young people do have a voice, it can force the political party and politicians to stop paying lip service to them and start better redressing their interests.

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.

Forget Russell Brand: Here's Why You Need To Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Comedy

In case you hadn't noticed, a general election is looming. And today is the last day to register to vote. So here's the Brett Domino Trio to explai...

A Jewish Guide to Voting in the Election

Jonathan Romain | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Romain

British Jews have never voted as a bloc, and have always made their decisions individually, while in previous parliaments there have been Jewish MPs in all three main parties. It means it is impossible lay down which particular party Jews should support in 2015 - as well as morally inappropriate.

Domestic Abuse Can Deny Women Their Vote - Here's How

Polly Neate | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Politics
Polly Neate

Some women cannot vote because it is too dangerous for them to sign up to the electoral register: retaining anonymity when signing up to the Electoral Register is complicated - and, in some instances, impossible.

Most Young People Didn't Vote - What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind

Will Best | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Will Best

I don't think it's ever been more important to get out there and use your voice, register your opinion, and vote. The more of us who do, the more important we become, and the more politicians are forced to address the issues that are important to us.

These Black Celebrities Are Turning Their Skin White For The Election

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

A stunning new campaign in which celebrities including Tinie Tempah and Sol Campbell have turned themselves white has been launched to encourage Afric...

It's Our Future and It's Time to Own It

Darryl Morris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Darryl Morris

The future is a funny old thing. That word has been thrown around so often during the tiresome back and forth of this campaign that it's lost all meaning, blending into the dull humming noise that the election has become.

Why UK Politicians Cannot Tell The Truth

David C. M. Carter | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.

No, Your Vote Won't Make A Difference

Gregor Smith | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's not your vote that really makes a difference. It's your actions in the five years between each vote that are important.

Whatever You Do, Use Your Vote. Even if It's to Vote for Nobody.

Lexi Rose | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lexi Rose

When I was at school, the Labour-induced student drive left me feeling pressured into going to university despite increased tuition fees. Then the recession hit as I graduated leaving me struggling to find work. Over the following seven years I've been left with massive debts.

Helping a First Time Voter Make Sense of The Election

Anna Foster | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Politics
Anna Foster

At BBC Radio 5 live we wanted to find out more about why we make the choices we do, so we came up with #MyFirstElection. It's not just about first-time voters either, but how our priorities can alter after a big life change. Maybe it's the first time voting as a parent, as someone who's unemployed, or as a homeowner. This time around many of us are going back to basics to work out who's best placed to help us live the life we want to lead.

To Vote or Not to Vote? Either Way Make Sure You Get Heard in This Election

Kajal Odedra | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Kajal Odedra

This election is set to be the closest in decades. Polls predict that no one will win with an outright majority and every day there is a new horse to back. And in all of this noise it can feel like there is no way of getting your voice heard - the issue you care about out there. Well that's not true. Every day at we see people getting the issues that matter to them onto the political agenda and into the news. Here are five ways you can get yourself heard during the election, whether you decide to vote or not.

Why I'm Not Involving Politicians in My Political Campaign

Danny Bartlett | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

I had become yet another cog in a big political wheel and couldn't escape the feeling that I had cheated those I set out to help at the start of the campaign - the young and apathetic. They don't watch BBC Parliament on a random Tuesday afternoon while this was being broadcast or care if I'm lobbying behind closed doors.

Force Young People To Vote, Urges Think Tank

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Young people should be forced to vote as soon as they turn 18, as it could "kick start the habit of a lifetime", a think tank has urged. The Instit...

Labour Vows To Lower Voting Age To 16

PA | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

More than 1.5m more people would be eligible to vote if the franchise was expanded to include 16 and 17-year-olds - enough to swing dozens of seats, L...

Things We Don't Say About Voter Engagement

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

According to research, the most common excuses for not voting are: "My vote won't make a difference", "They are all the same", "I'm not interested in politics", "I don't know enough to choose", "The parties don't represent my views" and "I don't believe parliament is important." Some of these can be resolved very easily...