UK Voting

Most Young People Didn't Vote - What Happened Next Will Blow Your Mind

Will Best | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Will Best

I don't think it's ever been more important to get out there and use your voice, register your opinion, and vote. The more of us who do, the more important we become, and the more politicians are forced to address the issues that are important to us.

These Black Celebrities Are Turning Their Skin White For The Election

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

A stunning new campaign in which celebrities including Tinie Tempah and Sol Campbell have turned themselves white has been launched to encourage Afric...

It's Our Future and It's Time to Own It

Darryl Morris | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Darryl Morris

The future is a funny old thing. That word has been thrown around so often during the tiresome back and forth of this campaign that it's lost all meaning, blending into the dull humming noise that the election has become.

Why UK Politicians Cannot Tell The Truth

David C. M. Carter | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.

No, Your Vote Won't Make A Difference

Gregor Smith | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

It's not your vote that really makes a difference. It's your actions in the five years between each vote that are important.

Whatever You Do, Use Your Vote. Even if It's to Vote for Nobody.

Lexi Rose | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lexi Rose

When I was at school, the Labour-induced student drive left me feeling pressured into going to university despite increased tuition fees. Then the recession hit as I graduated leaving me struggling to find work. Over the following seven years I've been left with massive debts.

Helping a First Time Voter Make Sense of The Election

Anna Foster | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Politics
Anna Foster

At BBC Radio 5 live we wanted to find out more about why we make the choices we do, so we came up with #MyFirstElection. It's not just about first-time voters either, but how our priorities can alter after a big life change. Maybe it's the first time voting as a parent, as someone who's unemployed, or as a homeowner. This time around many of us are going back to basics to work out who's best placed to help us live the life we want to lead.

To Vote or Not to Vote? Either Way Make Sure You Get Heard in This Election

Kajal Odedra | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
Kajal Odedra

This election is set to be the closest in decades. Polls predict that no one will win with an outright majority and every day there is a new horse to back. And in all of this noise it can feel like there is no way of getting your voice heard - the issue you care about out there. Well that's not true. Every day at we see people getting the issues that matter to them onto the political agenda and into the news. Here are five ways you can get yourself heard during the election, whether you decide to vote or not.

Why I'm Not Involving Politicians in My Political Campaign

Danny Bartlett | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

I had become yet another cog in a big political wheel and couldn't escape the feeling that I had cheated those I set out to help at the start of the campaign - the young and apathetic. They don't watch BBC Parliament on a random Tuesday afternoon while this was being broadcast or care if I'm lobbying behind closed doors.

Force Young People To Vote, Urges Think Tank

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Young people should be forced to vote as soon as they turn 18, as it could "kick start the habit of a lifetime", a think tank has urged. The Instit...

Labour Vows To Lower Voting Age To 16

PA | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

More than 1.5m more people would be eligible to vote if the franchise was expanded to include 16 and 17-year-olds - enough to swing dozens of seats, L...

Things We Don't Say About Voter Engagement

Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
Keumars Afifi-Sabet

According to research, the most common excuses for not voting are: "My vote won't make a difference", "They are all the same", "I'm not interested in politics", "I don't know enough to choose", "The parties don't represent my views" and "I don't believe parliament is important." Some of these can be resolved very easily...

Campaign Diary: Time for the Lib Dems to Recharge Their Batteries?

John Pienaar | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Pienaar

I watched the TV leaders debate on Thursday from the "spin room" at Media City in Salford. It's well named. The messages and slogans, briefing counter-briefing came at me from all directions. It was like being locked in a washing machine.

Politicians Be Aware - It's Blindingly Obvious That Animals Matter

Joe Duckworth | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Duckworth

At the League Against Cruel Sports, our key focus means that we know a lot about what goes on in the world of animal 'sport', much of it unsavoury, much of it hidden. Our own election manifesto therefore focuses on five issues that are key to reducing the suffering of animals, and we believe that many voters will share our concerns.

Attracting Young Voters - Addressing The Gap

Danny Weitzkorn | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Weitzkorn

There is an understanding across many young people that not every problem will be able to be solved in one go, therefore all they ask for in return is politicians who are pragmatic and honest, who answer a question that is given to them and are not intent on spinning said question to suit their agenda.

These 10 Tools Will Help You Decide Who To Vote For

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics

Amid the battles with campaign buses, the name-calling, the awkward gaffes and the debates, it's easy to forget that who you vote for in General Elect...

Why Should Young People Bother to Vote?

Chris Wheeler | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Wheeler

For the young people of Britain who have been deserted by the current political system, nobody else is going bring us in from the cold. If we want change, we're going to have to go and knock down the door.

Will Voting Be Bad for Your Health?

Mia Rozenbaum | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Politics
Mia Rozenbaum

Like most people, when I go to vote next may, the first thing I'll have in mind will probably not be the cure for dementia that could help my mother in 20 years' time, or the cure for autism that might help my child in years to come, or even the treatment for cancer that could save my life in 50 years' time.

A Vote for Electoral Reform

Danielle Osman | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Danielle Osman

With today's political landscape now taking smaller parties more seriously than ever, it is fairly safe to say that the current electoral system provides unrepresentative and undemocratic results... Politics should offer people real alternatives and people should be able to shape the decisions that affect their lives.

Politicians Need to Stop Treating Us Like Idiots

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

This is what we have degenerated British political debate into. A festival of unsubstantiated mudslinging and disrespectful campaigning. I would say it is like watching teenagers, but teenagers have evidently proven far more effective.

University Tuition Fees - The Elephant in the General Election Room

Mel Ramsay | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mel Ramsay

It was only a matter of time before a party busted out the big guns and spoke about their policies regarding university fees. Queue Ed Miliband and Labour's revolutionary plans to lower fees from £9,000 a year to £6,000.

2015, the Year That Young People Vote?

Natalie Patey | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie Patey

With less than fifty days to go until the polls open, it is time for Britain's voters to deliberate over which box their trusty cross will go in on 7 May... We will have to wait and see if May's election can be an example of how young people's voting intentions can be turned around.

The Government Needs to Get Serious About Digital Elections

Jack Curtis | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jack Curtis

As much as our society is digital, it is every bit as cynical. The next decade will make great strides forward for communication, health, business and sport, but let it also be the decade that politics repairs its broken reputation. Nobody knows what will pick politics up from the gutter, but online voting might just be a start.

A Miserable Time for British Politics

Tom Beetham | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Beetham

A plea therefore, to the UK political parties: give us something to believe in, give us hope, and give us positive politics. As a young person eligible to vote, and decidedly unsure of his political loyalties, I want a clear understanding of party policies, not how many bleeding kitchens Ed Miliband has in his house.

One Day, We Should Stop Voting

Ben Greenhalgh | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Greenhalgh

We're horrified by any derivation from our democratic process, but with the elderly vote becoming ever more influential to our political system, when will it be time that something is done to save the progressive voice of politics?