UK Voting

Youth Will Not Define Adulthood

Maliha Reza | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

Youth is a time for experimentation. To make mistakes and suffer the consequences, but then to do it again because it was just as thrilling as the first time. I'm not saying your youth is meant for recklessness but it is one of the few times you can be reckless and have no serious repercussions; depending on the context of course.

Would a Fairer Voting System Be a Better System?

Peter Kellner | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Kellner

If, despite the clear outcome of the Alternative Vote referendum four years ago, we are to reopen a national conversation about the way we elect our MPs, we should at least start from a recognition that no system is ideal and that our choice depends on our priorities.

Irish People From Around The World Are Going #HomeToVote On Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK

Forget popping down the road to the polling station, expats from Ireland have taken things to a whole new level for the referendum on gay marriage. ...

If I Were the Mayor of London

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

I have over the last few years become angry at a minor elite in politics, pushing out the regular person, the little guy. So I have decided to throw my hat in and try and be selected as the Conservative candidate for London Mayor.

Over a Million Blind Voters Left Without a Voice in General Election

Tom Pey | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Pey

In the recent General Election an estimated 1,379,700 voters were prevented from voting in secret because of inaccessible voting and registration methods. The Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) is calling for online voting to be introduced by 2020 to remove barriers for blind people to exercise their right to a secret ballot.

What If Our Kids Had Voted in the General Election?

Katy Wright | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents
Katy Wright

I called my sister last week for a chat. Her 6 year old son Frank was still awake despite it being past 9 o'clock. It had been an 'eventful day' my sister said and he was 'glued to the playstation' and just wouldn't go to bed...

Generally Confusing Election

Grace Campbell | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Campbell

The Conservatives won the general election just, granted. Labour did shockingly badly, true. I am not saying that had online voting been an option this would be entirely different, but at least it would show signs of progress in a political system that seems to be getting stale and mouldy.

Why the Polls Got It Wrong Over the UK General Election and Why It Matters

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Raj Persaud

Polling before UK Election Day proved surprisingly inaccurate at predicting the final result; the British Polling Council is reportedly setting up an independent enquiry into what went wrong.

A Look Back At Britain At The Polls Though History

The Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK

Even though the tradition of voting may seem archaic, we have made significant headway since the old days. As we go to the polls in the closest Ge...

A Vote For Common Sense

Stephen Fear | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Fear

Predicting outcomes is something we have been doing in my business at Fear Group for 34 years, we do it to locate hot-spots in global economic activity as a background to future group investment. With this in mind I asked our in-house researchers to come up with their prediction for Thursday's General Election and here is the result...

These Dogs Really Don't Care About Voting

The Huffington Post UK | Tahira Mirza | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK

These dogs really don't give a shih-tzu about voting. But they were turning up nonetheless to support their owners across polling stations in the U...

When You Grow Up, I Want You to Be a Voter

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

You see, there are many things I want my daughter to be when she grows up - happy, confident, strong, passionate, free. But this morning, more than ever, I also want her to be a voter.

This Two-Year-Old Is The Youngest Registered Voter In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Parents

Now Election Day is upon us, many of us are making our final decision about who we will vote for. We may have had to wait till we were 18 years old...

Facebook's Using Peer Pressure To Make You Vote

The Huffington Post UK | PA/Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Tech

Facebook users will be able to share the news that they have voted - without revealing who for - thanks to a new button that will appear on polling da...

GPs Call on Politicians to Show Some Backbone Post-Election

Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Michelle Drage, MBBS, FRCGP

The NHS and the services it funds have been the biggest issue of this election throughout most of the campaigning period. In recent weeks it's been really positive to see and hear from voters who appreciate that the health system is up against it and want politicians to do something about it.

Vote for Policies, Not Personalities

Bethan Hughes | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bethan Hughes

While Spiderman's Uncle Ben lies dying on the ground, he does indeed utter that 'with great power comes great responsibility'. The students in our constituency form a quarter of the electorate. We do have the power to uproot a notorious Lib Dem safe seat. So let's take this power and vote responsibly, for a party that will protect our communities, and not benefit a small few.

This House Wouldn't Vote Because They're All Tossers Anyway

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Proposition Leyla Gumusdis The Oxford English Dictionary has four definitions for the term "Tosser": I. One who or that which tosses II. A te...

Ten Reasons to Vote Ukip

Steven Woolfe | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

So this is it. We're on the eve of the most important general election in a generation. An election that will decide whether we stick with the two legacy parties that have failed us time and time again or try a fresh approach to politics with Ukip. So I'm writing to give you 10 reasons to vote Ukip and give a new politics a chance.

Imagine If You Weren't Allowed to Vote at All... But Were Stuck With a Government Making Decisions You Didn't Like

Kat Pugh | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Kat Pugh

May 7th is polling day, but I wonder if, when Big Ben chimes 10pm, and the last minute voters scramble to cast their votes, and the process of countin...

Election 2015: Through the Eyes of a Twelve-Year-Old

Lexi Rose | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Parents
Lexi Rose

At the start of the election campaign our media became littered with articles lamenting the disillusioned young and their refusal to engage in politics. However in the past few weeks it does seem, more so than ever before, this election has really sparked the interest of young people. My youngest sister Lily Rose has been borderline obsessed with the election.

Technology and the UK Elections

Adam Fisch | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech
Adam Fisch

Each party has to a greater or lesser degree included some mention of technology in their manifestos, but not enough focus has been applied and there are and will be issues the next government will have to address.

Don't Waste It: Why Young People Should Vote

Lauren Sharkey | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Sharkey

For every Russell Brand, there's a Rick Edwards. And he says vote and make a change. Don't vote and there will be no change. 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland demonstrated that a few months ago when over 100,000 of them cast their vote on independence. They had their say; now it's time for all of us to have ours.

Why It'll Feel Weird Not Voting For Myself!

Gordon Bryan | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Gordon Bryan

In my articles during the election campaign I've not suggested who to vote for, and that's been deliberate. I will tell you who I voted for last time though, and it'll be weird not doing so again this time... I voted for myself.

Why the Performance of the Liberal Democrats Could Determine the General Election

Dr David Cutts | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Dr David Cutts

It has taken a long time but we're nearly there. As we enter the final furlong of probably the longest election campaign in British political history, the polls still have the major protagonists neck and neck. But while uncertainty exists on whether the Conservatives or Labour will gain the most seats, there is notable polling trends on which a broad consensus has emerged.

Voter Power to the People?

Carl Cullinane | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Carl Cullinane

When the electoral system can no longer deliver on its main purported advantage (strong single-party government), then it's rapidly heading towards time to start dividing up the power a bit more evenly.