UK Voting

Britain's Outdated Voting System Risks Leaving Millions Voiceless in the EU Referendum

Lord Malloch-Brown | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Malloch-Brown

The EU referendum is arguably the most important British vote in a generation. The outcome, which will have far reaching consequences for the country, is on a knife-edge. Yet our old-fashioned voting system risks silencing whole groups of voters who deserve to have their say.

Why We Need to Invest in Life Chances for Young Women

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Carole Easton

Last week I received an invitation to an event to celebrate an anniversary. It is 150 years since the Women's Suffrage Committee, formed by Barbara Bodichon, collected 1500 signatures on a petition for women's suffrage in 1866. This was presented to the House of Commons by John Stuart Mill, the philosopher, political economist and Member of Parliament.

Brexit, Politics and the Media vs the Undecideds

Paul Blanchard | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

I'm one of the undecideds, and because we hold the key to the result, we are driving the political strategy and media coverage. It's clear that both sides will do anything to win us over. And it's also clear that there is a way to go before the shark is completely jumped. This makes me think that it's not going to be long before we see some very underhand activity.

Why the EU Referendum Is a Vote on Democracy

Adam Hamdy | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

People will try and tell us that this referendum deals with issues that are far too complex for the average person to understand. I believe that we actually face a very simple question: whether or not we believe in democracy? If we continue to find ourselves ruled by people we can't vote for, who are making laws we can't change, we will only have ourselves to blame.

I Didn't Vote Yesterday, And I'm Furious

Jonathan Guy | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Guy

I didn't vote yesterday. I don't suppose that makes me unique; quite a lot of people didn't vote yesterday, some because they were prevented and others because they couldn't be bothered. For me however it was different, and it was a big thing. For the first time in my adult life I chose not to vote.

Time's Up: It's Time for Politicians to Fulfil #ThePledge

Oliver Sidorczuk | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Politics
Oliver Sidorczuk

You wouldn't realise it with all the hype around the EU referendum, but today hundreds of elections will take place across the UK, including the Scott...

Show You Care Enough to Vote for Nobody

Lexi Rose | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lexi Rose

If that 'unheard third' of voters had spoiled their ballots they would have outnumbered all the other parties. Spoiling your ballot shows you cared enough to vote for nobody, rather than that you couldn't be arsed to vote at all. Surely that's a better legacy for millennials than the one we've already got?

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...

Who You Can Vote For In The Local And London Elections Tomorrow

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK

Thursday May 5th marks a series of elections across the UK - including a vote for 124 councils in England and the Mayor of London. Voters in devolved ...

To Vote or Not to Vote... That'll Be the Question

David Taylor | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
David Taylor

Come a few weeks time I, and many others, will be asked to trudge down to a local polling station to share an opinion on who we think should run London, followed by a vote on the EU. Many people across the country will vote on even more things, such as the Police and Crime Commissioner and council members. It's voting season.

Enough of the Stats, I'll Be Voting to Stay in the EU on Principle

Kate Delaney | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Kate Delaney

This is an amazing chance for everyone, from either side of the debate, to have a say and send a strong message, to not only Europe but the whole world, about what the British people value the most. So I will be voting to remain in the European Union this June. I hope you use your principles to guide you and do the same.

Teenage Dirtbags: Are Pensioners Really Better Placed to Make Big Decisions Than Feckless Youths?

Gavin Devine | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Politics
Gavin Devine

This week saw Nicky Morgan, the current Education Secretary, exhort young folk to turn out to vote in the EU referendum. Her fear is that if millenni...

Why Young Women Need to Be Engaged in the Debate on Europe

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Carole Easton

I will be encouraging young people to vote and I hope by June 23rd they will understand the importance of participating in this crucial event. The British Future report was published in January, it is now March, maybe it is already too late. I hope not.

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...

Europe Leads the Way for Women's Rights

Julie Ward | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

The EU is an important platform for us to advance equality between men and women, and LGBTI persons in the UK and across the world. There's no doubt the UK, and British women and girls in particular, would lose out enormously if it were to step away. Now is the time for women and men to get engaged in the debate, to understand what is at stake, and to make sure that the UK remains an active member of the EU, leading the way towards an ever more equal Europe.

What Can You Do in Just Three Minutes This International Women's Day That Could Change Lives for Women Across Britain?

Gloria De Piero | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Gloria De Piero

We make up over half of the population - if we all voted, women could decide the next Government! But 34% of women did not turn out to vote at last year's election - and their voices went unheard... It is just as important that women have their say on the EU referendum coming up on 23rd June. It is the biggest decision our country has had to make in a generation and polling shows that up to a quarter of women are undecided about their vote, almost twice as many as men. Women could decide the result, but only if they are registered to vote.

Will the Media Win the EU Referendum?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

The media were not decisive in the EEC referendum - they went with the clear winner from the start. But today, in 2016, the media's decision could swing the vote and result in us leaving the EU forever. They know this and they know that they will, at some point very soon, need to decide. And that's causing them all sorts of problems.

800,000 People Are Now Missing From Electoral Register - And Students Are The 'Biggest Casualties'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Around 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the new system of individual sign-ups was introduced, while students have been the...

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...

Women In Saudi Arabia Are Voting For The Very First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK

Women in Saudi Arabia are finally being allowed to vote - despite still being unable to do basic things like drive or open a bank account without a hu...

Are You One of the Missing Million?

Martha Dalton | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Martha Dalton

Whether or not you're registered to vote probably isn't something you spend a lot of time worrying about. That's fair enough, it isn't always up there with life's great stresses. But today the Government is publishing its latest register of voters and, if you're not on it, that could be a problem for you.

Here's How Thousands Of Students Could End Up Being Banned From Voting

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students are being warned they risk being barred from voting and losing their political voice completely and as the government prepares to draw up new...

Tipping the Balance - How Consumer Action Creates Conditions for Governments to Change

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade campaigners in London © Matt Alexander I had just read Michael Hobbes article on the futility of ethical consumerism to end sweatshops. Hi...

The Corbynist Manifesto: But Are We Really Ready for Change?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

A spectre is haunting Britain. Indeed. Sounds familiar. The starting words of the Communist Duo themselves in the opening of their Manifesto to the wo...

Politics is Broken, Not Jeremy Corbyn: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It..

Karl Davis | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Not that long ago, I walked away from Labour for the second time. I was in despair at their brazen rejection of the ideals and values that spurned the...