UK Voting

He's Not the Messiah, He's Just Styled That Way

Nick Abbot | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

I can't believe I am about to say this, but Donald Trump is right. The Donald has been in a Twitter spat with Russell Brand. A Twitter spat is something that no self respecting person over school age should be engaging in, so you have a measure of the combatants from the start.

'No One Ever Told Me About Politics' - The Generation Politics Is Missing

Anna-Joy Rickard | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Anna-Joy Rickard

Let's start to take notice of a generation that is being ignored, and let's bring the energy and ideas of the 17 million Brits in their 20s and 30s into politics, and change our country for the better as a result.

These Findings About The Non-White Youth Vote Could Surprise You

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Politics

Black and Asian British people under 30 are far less likely to vote in the next general election than their white peers, despite being more interested...

Scotland Independence Referendum - The Aftermath

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Through this referendum the voices of the Scots were heard, and they need to continue to be heard just as loudly in future. The people who are still hung-up on the result need to be mature and respectful and move on from it; but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't continue to fight for change in other ways.

Why the Voting System Needs to Change for People With a Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Politics
Ismail Kaji

Voting is an important part of life and it is important to me. This is the same for lots of people with a learning disability too. A new Mencap survey of people with a learning disability shows that 7 in 10 people think politics is important and want to vote in the general election in May 2015.

Wretch32 Is Back - Talking Shakespeare, Statesmanship and Swagger

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

Jermaine Scott Sinclair - Wretch 32 (three-two) - is the son of a local reggae DJ in the Tiverton Estate, which explains the clear dancehall beats juxtaposed with his north London lyrics that are full of metaphors and soulful hooks and melodies, that will keep you humming for hours after hearing one of his hits.

Voices of the Scottish Referendum - Eight Scottish Voters and Their Decision

Rebecca Meredith | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Meredith

Regardless of the outcome of tomorrow's Referendum, Scotland will not stay the same. With 97% of the electorate registered to vote, tensions between the 'Yes' campaign and 'Better Together' are tangible.

Inheriting Scotland: Will Young Scots Back Global Millennial Trend of Togetherness or Seek Path to Independence?

Danny Bartlett | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Data suggests young Scots see themselves as British and claims the digitised world may influence their vote to stay a part of the Union...

It's 2014 - So Why Are Blind and Partially-Sighted People Still Being Exluded From Voting?

Lesley-Anne Alexander | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lesley-Anne Alexander

There are still a large number of people who feel excluded from important votes and who are frustrated at not being able to exercise their right to vote, simply because the traditional process has not moved on. How can it be that in 2014, people with sight loss still cannot vote as easily as everyone else?

The Flowering of Scotland

Mark Fletcher-Brown | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Fletcher-Brown

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a blog about the Scottish vote lamenting the lack of opportunity available to the 1.2 million Scots living outside the country. It struck me as odd that people, like me, who more than likely still see themselves as Scots wouldn't have any influence at all on the final outcome of the September 18th referendum...

Politicians Must Hear the Voice of People With a Learning Disability

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Ciara Lawrence

I don't want any child with a learning disability to go through what I went through - to be told you're worthless, no good, stupid. Around 200 children are born every single week who will have a learning disability. This is our chance to make a difference to their futures. The public is demanding the next government to make this change happen - candidates must listen.

10 Days To Save The UK From 'Sleepwalk To Tragedy'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Politics

UPDATE: Royal Babies Are 'Above Politics,' Says Alistair Darling As Duchess Of Cambridge's Second Pregnancy Is Confirmed Supporters of the union ar...

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 08.09.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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!