UK Voting

Scotland's Great Debate Has Shown Us How to Get Young People Talking About Politics

Ted Simpson | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ted Simpson

Teenagers do care about politics, but confidence in their ability to discuss political issues needs to be nurtured. So instead of simply waiting for them to grow up, we need to create an environment in which politics is accessible, and political discussion is normal.

Registering to Vote - Whose Responsibility Is It?

Cohan Chew | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Cohan Chew

Perhaps politicians need to stop being apathetic and need to start engaging with politics instead. Instead of shifting the responsibility of voting to the people, politicians should take the responsibility of proving that they are worth voting for.

The Unequal Distribution of Austerity

Mathew Lawrence | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mathew Lawrence

Only radical institutional intervention can reverse this cycle; tinkering around the edges won't suffice as a strategy to revive the vibrancy of our democracy. IPPR has consequently recommended introducing compulsory first time voting, alongside an option to vote for 'none of the above'.

Digital Voting Can Wait - It's Our Politics That Needs a Digital Upgrade

Jimmy Leach | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jimmy Leach

It is, we are told, the most unpredictable election in several generations, with an endless variety of possible outcomes being outlined -- and most of us couldn't care less. The parade of politicians telling us what we want to hear is met by a ripple of disinterest and apathy. Surely this means our democracy is broken?

Government Invests £500k To Encourage Students To Register To Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Field | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The government has invested £530,000 to encourage students to register to vote after tens of thousands disappeared from the electoral register follow...

The Political Party Leaders Are Listening to the Voice of Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Ismail Kaji

Hear my voice is about making sure people with a learning disability's voices are being heard by politicians in the run up to the General Election on 7 May this year. We want to make sure people are not excluded and have the opportunity to have their say about the issues that impact them.

Pensioning Off Their Legacy

Dale Bilson | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

In the run up to this year's General Election, the UK's two main parties - Labour and the Conservatives - have traded the usual arguments and insults, drawing their battle lines and going to great lengths to highlight their differences.

Why Politicians Must Engage With Ethnic Minority Voters

Sandra Kerr | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics
Sandra Kerr

These figures show that politicians of all parties can no longer afford to ignore the power of BAME voters - or take them for granted. Yet every day there seems to be a new article saying that they are not reaching these constituents. So what can they do to connect with them?

Students - The General Election's Forgotten Force

Mel Ramsay | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mel Ramsay

Students should not be written off at this General Election. More needs to be done to encourage active participation but it is encouraging to see they want to engage. We hope more will follow in our footsteps at Staffordshire University and launch their own General Election campaigns, to mobilise their students and encourage them to have their say in May.

To the Ballot Box!

Paul Brannen | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Please make sure that you, your family and friends are all registered to vote in the coming general election and for any possible referendum on our continued membership of the EU.

They're Not Beheading or Burning Hostages, but Boko Haram is Striking Just as Much Terror as ISIS

Sophia Eribo | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Sophia Eribo

Boko Haram may not have produced imagery that has travelled across the media landscape, burning iconic pictures into the minds of those of us in the West. But by interrupting the political process and denying ordinary Nigerians the chance for peace with a delay of even one day, Boko Haram has proven itself just as terrifying.

Politicians Are Desperate For The Youth Vote. So What Are They Actually Offering Us?

The Huffington Post UK | Keumars Affifi-Sabet & Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The youth vote is an untapped gold mine. As a thinktank recently put it, the party who manages to tap into the vast pool of three million young people...

Time to Modernise Politics and Reform Flawed Voting System

Mark Serwotka | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

What we have is bland and complacent two-dimensional politics, where Tories and Labour vie for a mythical centre ground and target policies at handfuls of voters in marginal seats. A fairer system would genuinely shake this consensus and could help diminish the concept of the protest vote, sidelining those who play the system only to stoke fear, hatred and suspicion.

Register to Vote, It's More Fun Than You Think

Paula McGuire | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paula McGuire

It's half an hour out of the year to do something productive for society; so feel entitled to take that thirty minutes back by not doing the ironing next week. Take that, social conventions!

Domino's Is Giving Away Free Pizza To Make Students Register To Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Domino's is giving free pizza away to students in Liverpool who register to vote, while one university is offering, er, goat petting. The students'...

It's General Election Year... How Do I Look?

Chris Harris | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Comedy
Chris Harris

Gone are the aggressive spin doctors, replaced by Gok Wan and his team of make over stylists, convincing Ed Miliband that a Hoxton fin, skinny jeans and Superdry T shirt is the ideal look to convince the electorate of Beaconsfield to vote Labour.

The Definitive Guide On How To Register To Vote Online And Feel Awesome While Doing It

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Registering to vote is never going to be a thrilling endeavour. But tomorrow is *cue fanfare* National Voter Registration Day. Pretty much does wha...

Electoral Register Sheds Staggering Amount Of Voters

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics

Nearly one million people have fallen off Britain’s electoral map, according to research by the Labour Party and the campaign group Hope Not Hate. ...

When Is The General Election And How Do I Vote?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Politics

The General Election will take place in the United Kingdom on Thursday 7 May 2015. Polling booths will be open between 7am and 10pm and votes will...

Does Monbiot Ask Left to Break the Political Mould and Then Sit Down in the Pieces?

Mark Brewer | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Brewer

Monbiot is speaking to those of us who have, for some time, become disillusioned about the fact that any kind of drastic political reform (dare I say "revolution"?) seems impossible in this country. By pointing to reform of governmental bodies, tax reforms to a local-authority system, and the prevention on money-creation by private banks, Monbiot cooks up some tasty, Green morsels for the disillusioned left to digest.

Russell Brand Isn't the Solution, But He Is a Stepping Stone Towards Change

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

Russell Brand, poor Essex lad turned Comedian and Actor, remains a divided figure throughout the electorate; YouGov's poll in November 2014 showed that 46% of Britons had a negative view of Brand, compared to 13% who felt positively about the comedian. However, one cannot deny he has inspired thousands to question the current system we are living under...

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

Stand Up and Be Counted!

Phill Hudson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Phill Hudson

Whoever or wherever you are in Britain today the sad fact is millions of people mainly the under 30's are not exercising their right to vote, under 56% of under 24's are registered compared to 96% of over 65's...

Hip Hop Artists Should Help to Engage Their Audiences Into Politics

Jessica Onah | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jessica Onah

Youth MP for Hackney, Ife Grillo, agrees with Cookie that Hip Hop artists can and should do more. He said:

"They have a duty and one way they can do it is through their music, through their messages, through their campaigns and really being the ambassadors that they should be to young people".

Young Women Don't Get Politics? A Response to Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle

Amy Licence | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
Amy Licence

Guilfoyle has not been smart enough to realise she been co-opted by a misogynistic culture, being made the mouthpiece for a worrying trend which she was in a position to reject. Luckily, the sort of young women whose experience she distrusts, often prove to be far more savvy when it comes to equality in the media.