UK Voting

Giving Young People a Political Voice

Anushka Asthana | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Anushka Asthana

The fact that just 44% people under 25 voted in 2010, compared to 61% overall, is part of why those same voices were not the focus of this year's Coalition budget. Pointing that out is not to say that voting is the only way to have a political voice. For young people social media is becoming an increasingly important tool. Yet those that get the biggest response - from the middle class parents to countryside campaigners to pensioners and so on - make both these efforts. At a time when so many issues, from the cost of housing to university tuition fees to unemployment, impact heavily on Britain's youth there is an urgency to tackle this trend.

NUS Poll Proves Young People Do Care... But Will They Vote?

Dan. Falvey | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dan. Falvey

The old myth that young people are apathetic to politics could soon be proved wrong. According to a poll by the National Union of Students (NUS), a total of 73 per cent of students are now registered to vote.

Students Are Not Disengaged - Politics Is

Bradley Allsop | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

We're not interested in short-term gains - we have a whole lifetime ahead of us and we want decisions that deal with the long term. We want something new, and we want alternatives in our political parties that go deeper than the colour of the rosette they wear.

Politics Is for All, So Let's Make Sure Everyone's Vote Matters

Rick Henderson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We'd all like to believe that we live in a democratic society in which the needs and opinions of everyone are considered, regardless of gender, age or social status. But is this actually reflected in our political system?

Ned Simons

Labour: If You Can Find Love Online You Should Be Able To Vote Online | Ned Simons | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics

People should be able to use the internet to vote in general elections, a Labour shadow cabinet minister has said. Angela Eagle, the shadow leader ...

Jessica Elgot

'The Rise Of Ukip Means No-One Has An Excuse Not To Vote' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics

Most young people eligible to vote in the European and local elections stayed at home, despite being far more likely to be pro-European than older peo...

Let's Get Heretical on Education: Competition Has Failed

Natalie Bennett | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Let's start with one heretical thought: competition is disastrous in our education system and should be abandoned as a guiding principle. Instead what we need is cooperation - an informal co-operative of pupils, teachers, parents, communities working together to help achieve the best possible outcome for each pupil.

None of the Above

Tony Baldry | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Baldry

Yes it is a matter of psephological note that UKIP are the first party since 1910 other than the major parties to have topped a national poll. However, I think we need to get a number of factors into perspective. One in 10 of electors voted UKIP. Of those who did vote UKIP, I suspect that a large proportion were in reality voting for: "None of the above".

Councillor 'Told Voter With Learning Difficulties 'You Shouldn't Be Voting''

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK

An investigation has been launched after a councillor allegedly complained that a voter with learning difficulties "shouldn't be voting". Officials...

It's Time to Take Voting Online

Jade Lane | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Jade Lane

I can't help but think that local councils are missing a trick here. In our technology-driven world where we manage much of our lives online, from personal finances to doing our shopping, surely it would make sense to introduce the option of being able to vote online?

Immigration 'Facts' Versus the Real Future - Your Vote

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

When all the scientists on the International Panel for Climate Change agree that the planet is on course for a four-degree warming - caused in the main by human activity, and this warming will be 'severe, pervasive and irreversible', you would think that the European election might just be based on what the political parties would do about it.

To Vote, or not to Vote?

Dom Aversano | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dom Aversano

Brand`s choice of popularising non-voting in favour of alternative forms of democratic action - ranging from online petitions, to all out revolution - comes from ideas popular in the Occupy movement, and other direct action groups. Yet when scrutinised, abandoning voting appears a brittle concept.

An Open Letter to Poles in Britain: You Are Welcome Here

Giles Goodall | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Giles Goodall

I want a positive, ambitious Britain, open to Europe and the world. I want us to value the contribution of everyone who makes their home here. There are valid concerns on both sides, but let's not blame each other. Let's discuss the issues and find solutions together. Please use your vote on 22 May. These elections are about your future!

Why Should Young Adults Vote?

Rachael Farrington | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rachael Farrington

We can complain all we like about politicians and the state of the country but when it comes to voting its fair to say that we, as students, are not the most active of participants, many of us don't even bother voting in elections and wonder what the point of it all is.

Jessica Elgot

The HuffPost Election Panel: The Young, Undecided Voters That Parties Need In 2015 | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Politics

From the student sit-ins to the poll tax riots, politics was once the domain of the young and angry. But in 2010, just 44% of 18-24 year-olds, tru...

Could E-Voting Threaten Our Democracy?

David Emm | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

The Internet now reaches into nearly every aspect of our lives. Vast numbers of us routinely bank, shop and socialise online and the public services we all rely on are equally dependent on computers and the Internet. It's also true that the widespread use of social media has provided new ways for citizens to engage with the political process in the countries in which they live.

Missing Inaction: The Politicians of Tomorrow

George Baggaley | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics
George Baggaley

Imagine a country where only a certain demographic participates politically, and in return receives favorable policies from the leaders they elect. Meanwhile, the remaining population is left on the outside - some without care, others simply unaware - while they are repeatedly ostracised, burdened and demoralised by the decisions of those above.

Politicians Don't Care About Young People

Rick Edwards | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Edwards

I passionately believe that we have to stall this slump in the youth vote. And then reverse it. We are in real danger of letting down an entire generation. We need to force politicians to care by hitting them where it hurts - the ballot box. Which brings me onto Russell Brand...

Why Are Students So Disengaged With University Politics?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Clark | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Nothing polarises the student population quite like election season; some students passionately throw themselves into campaigning and canvassing while...

The People Don't Know Their True Power

Tala Sweiss | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tala Sweiss

Wednesday 5 February, National Voter Registration Day. Politics and students. Not exactly a frequent sight to see those two words in the same sentence. However, during this day at Middlesex University first year students began their campaign for Bite the Ballot to encourage young people to register to vote.

Can National Voter Registration Day Spark a Revitalisation of Politics

Alvin Carpio | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alvin Carpio

Don't let politics die. Let this be the generation that recognises the value of politics as a change maker. Today marks one spark in what must be the revitalisation of politics. The health of our democracy depends on it.

Why I'm Supporting National Voter Registration Day

Ben Ramsdale | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Ramsdale

Whether it's from Russell Brand or someone else there's been a lot of discussion lately not only about whether young people will vote but whether we even should. In a system which seems to constantly let us down, where politicians promise us one thing and then do something else, why on earth should we participate?

Let's Be Members, Not Citizens

Cerith Rhys Jones | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Cerith Rhys Jones

Might we be missing the point? Some people in politics like to think of the public as being a collection of individuals, responsible for their own future. Paradoxically, those same people like to tell us, despite what the vast majority of us are feeling, that we're 'all in this together'.

I'm Running for President of Twitter

James Thomas | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Comedy
James Thomas

You heard me. This is neither joke nor jape, neither jest nor jibe. This is real, dammit, as real as the fingers on my hands, as real as the piece of corn wedged between two of my back teeth since teatime. I'm running for President of Twitter harder than you've ever seen anyone run for anything in your entire life.

Ned Simons

Labour May Force Young People To Vote | Ned Simons | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Labour Party has said it would consider forcing young people to vote, amid fears of dwindling turnout at general elections. In a speech in cent...