UK Voting

Anonymous Voting 'Will Help Domestic Abuse Survivors Regain Their Voice'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 03.09.2017 | UK

More domestic abuse survivors should be able to take part in elections after the Government confirmed plans to make it easier to register to vote anon...

When Can I Vote 'No' To More Referendums?

Alan Grant | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

The year 2013-14 came with a reputation building licence for many who were trying to break into Scottish politics. Amidst the febrile atmosphere of the referendum, individuals from both sides, who were previously only known to political anoraks, became household names. Since then, Scottish politics has been infused with new talent, of varying degrees of quality, by incorporating those who stood up, spoke out, and helped make their case during those dramatic days

Can We Ever Trust The Polls Again?

Ryan Wain | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ryan Wain

Polls are politics' data-processing sausage factories - most people don't care how they work, they just want them to be right. They want to trust to them. The willingness is there, evidenced by an onslaught of surveys following the last election. This appetite, married with a commitment to transparency and investment from the pollsters, is good news. Indeed, anything that provides informed objectivity outside our social media filter bubble must be championed.

At 16 You Can Have Sex With Your MP - But You Can't Vote For Them!

Cat Smith | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Cat Smith

To build a healthy democracy we need young people to be engaged and to feel valued. We also want out political system to recognise the abilities of young people, which is why votes at 16 is so important.

Labour Leaping Down From Its Ladder Of Weak Promises

Charlie Mullins | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

When you leave Corbyn to "deal with it" as he so proudly said during the election, you should know the job won't get done. Unlike my engineers at Pimlico Plumbers, Corbyn doesn't understand how to make good on a promise and deliver on what people have signed up for.

A New Era Of Politics

Natasha Barrett | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Things clearly need to change and I know I'm not alone in thinking this; people are beginning to put their foot down and say enough is enough. So despite my major fears for a Tory/DUP coalition, I am incredibly excited to see the positive impact of a new meaning of 'people power'. We won't let them get away with any old policies anymore!

Corbyn's Snapchat Told Teenagers The Story

Sue Pringle | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sue Pringle

Sitting around the kitchen table this morning with my 19 year old daughter and her 18 year old best friend was a joy. Somehow, what seemed impossible last night, became possible, and Corbyn created some unlikely allies in his inspired election campaigning.

Five Ways The New Government Can Heal Divisions Between The Generations

Stephen Burke | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Tackling intergenerational inequity is the challenge of our times. Economic measures are required urgently to address the housing crisis and develop fairer taxation. But we also need to bring older and younger people together to discuss mutual concerns and provide shared spaces which can promote stronger understanding and trust between people of all ages.

Why I'm Not Voting On June 8

Hayley Kearney | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Hayley Kearney

I'm making this decision with a heavy heart. Whether I will regret it, time will tell. But I have to sleep at night.

Voters Are Sharing Snaps Of Their Stylish 'Voting Shoes', And We Can't Get Enough

The Huffington Post | Susan Devaney | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Style

People are putting their most stylish foot forward as they make their way to polling stations across the UK today. As the General Election takes plac...

Can Young People Really Swing This Election?

Terry Boyce | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Terry Boyce

If you are a young person aged 18 and over, be energised by the fact you have the power to change the direction of this country for the next five years. Think about what you believe in and get out there on Thursday to draw that cross. And take the lead, be a role model - get your friends, networks, acquaintances and enemies alike to do the same.

Our Voices And Votes Are More Important Than You Think

Sophie Morgan | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Sophie Morgan

This election, let's come together to show the country that we refuse to be overlooked. To show those in power that our votes are precious and that they must work hard to win them, and in the long run, keep them. Our voices and our votes are more important than you think.

Why The Tories Are Not My Cuppa

Anastasia Kyriacou | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Anastasia Kyriacou

On Thursday, Britain heads to the polls to cast a vote that will determine which political party will shape the next five years. Here is why the Tories are absolutely not my cup of tea...

Five Questions To Ask Before You Vote

Francesca Martinez | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Francesca Martinez

1. WHO FUNDS THE PARTIES? The Conservatives are heavily funded by wealthy business owners and bankers.[1a, 1b] Many of their donors use tax avoidance...

In The Eyes Of Young People, Politics Takes An Age

Javed Khan | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

Politicians who want to engage young people need to set out what they want to do and what change they want to make, but they must also stress how it will happen, what steps will be needed and that things are unlikely to change over night - these things take time.

Politics Won't Change Until Young People Change It

Bill Rammell | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bill Rammell

On 8th June the country will once again go to the polls to decide what kind of Government we want. But if you are under 25, the odds are high that you won't make it to your local polling station.

Every Vote Counts For The Greens

Amelia Womack | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

Every vote for a Green candidate sends a signal that this is what we want. We want to do politics differently. We want a government that believes the best way forward is by working with each other rather than against each other. One that puts the rights of citizens above those of corporations, which ensures that nobody is left behind.

Political Apathy Is Preventing Us From Achieving Change

Lauren E. White | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Politics
Lauren E. White

As a nation have a duty to take control of how we want it to be lead and can do so through our vote. Don't reject politics - talk of it, challenge those within it and, above all else, make sure you participate in it.

In 2017 Who Is There For Women to Vote For?

Jeni Harvey | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jeni Harvey

I was born female. I am no more non-male than I am sub-human. Women before me fought and died for my right to vote in this coming election. The least I can do is try to vote in my own interests.

Vote For Policies, Not People

Paven Sharma | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Paven Sharma

So in this election, don't fall for the smiles, emotional appeals, and appeasement. Instead, focus on one particular issue you care about the most and vote for the party that stands for it the best.

Voting Is Protesting... In Their Language

Benna | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Benna

Benna has never voted before. In this vlog for HuffPost UK, in which he performs his poem Why I've Never Voted, he talks about how voting is protest. He says 'the things that happen when I don't vote are the same things that happen when my peers do,' and how it is down to young people to ensure that the 'views from down here' reach the 'silver spoon meeting rooms'.

I Am Voting, I Just Wish I Knew More

Doug Deans | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Doug Deans

Doug Deans, in the poem Bloody Right, describes a conversation between a father and daughter. In this vlog, Doug performs the poem and touches on the frustration one young woman is facing - she doesn't know who to vote for or whether she knows enough.

Letters Do Not Bring Good News. Just Bad News, In Good English

John Akinde | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
John Akinde

John Akinde performs his poem Letters in an exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK. In it he touches on how a letter took away the place he called home in the name of gentrification, how letters tell him what money he owes, where to be, and that he needs to vote. However, he doesn't ever get a letter telling him who represents him.

The Reason You Won't Vote - And Why You Should

Lee Carnihan | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Lee Carnihan

They're all the same. Nothing ever changes. They make false promises or wishy washy "pledges". Then break them. Sound familiar? The list goes on...

The Decline Of Democracy - Why Smart People Don't Vote

Ravi Lakhani | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ravi Lakhani

I'm not saying its pointless, just that it doesn't do what you think it does. It only serves you as a comfort pill, a badge of participation and feeling like one is being represented. We're taught in classrooms that democracy brings freedom and progress; but as long as democracy is limited just to voting, it will remain a means of wielding power and keeping control, scarily akin to Orwell's 1984.