UK Voting

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!

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...