UK Voting

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?

Why Voting for the Second Time Makes Me Feel Excited and Dead Inside Simultaneously

Jessie Thompson | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessie Thompson

It's a strange sensation to be heading into the 2015 General Election this May, bewildered and scared about which box to put my cross in; the time between my first vote and this next one has seen me go from being a jittery nineteen-year-old NEET, scared that university would be full of drug dealers and vegetarians (which it was, but there were alright people too), to a real adult...

I Have a Confession - I Believe in Coalition

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

This parliament is not perfect. There are major issues remaining around defence and the NHS. However, surely another five years of this is better than years of unstable minority government based on only a minority of voters? Maybe even better than a government led by one party, but still with less than 50% of the vote.

60% Of Young People Want To Vote Online

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Nearly two thirds of young people want to be able to vote online in the general election, while a similar amount feels the current system is failing, ...

Lucy Sherriff

'The View Young People Are Lazy Is Absolute B*****ks'. Rick Edwards Talks Voting And Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Rick Edwards used to present T4, which automatically makes him cool. So when the 35-year-old penned a passionate book on politics urging young people ...

Poll Says 9% Of UK Voters Think GDP Is A Food Additive

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Politics

A new survey has uncovered some disturbing trends among British voters, including a worrying lack of knowledge about what they're voting for. Of th...

Meet The Young People Voting Tory

The Huffington Post UK | Nicholas Winchester | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Despite nearly a third of all Conservative party members being over 60, there has been a recent resurgence in the youth wing of the party. Conserv...

Scotland's Great Debate Has Shown Us How to Get Young People Talking About Politics

Ted Simpson | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ted Simpson

Teenagers do care about politics, but confidence in their ability to discuss political issues needs to be nurtured. So instead of simply waiting for them to grow up, we need to create an environment in which politics is accessible, and political discussion is normal.

Registering to Vote - Whose Responsibility Is It?

Cohan Chew | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Politics
Cohan Chew

Perhaps politicians need to stop being apathetic and need to start engaging with politics instead. Instead of shifting the responsibility of voting to the people, politicians should take the responsibility of proving that they are worth voting for.

The Unequal Distribution of Austerity

Mathew Lawrence | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mathew Lawrence

Only radical institutional intervention can reverse this cycle; tinkering around the edges won't suffice as a strategy to revive the vibrancy of our democracy. IPPR has consequently recommended introducing compulsory first time voting, alongside an option to vote for 'none of the above'.

Digital Voting Can Wait - It's Our Politics That Needs a Digital Upgrade

Jimmy Leach | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Jimmy Leach

It is, we are told, the most unpredictable election in several generations, with an endless variety of possible outcomes being outlined -- and most of us couldn't care less. The parade of politicians telling us what we want to hear is met by a ripple of disinterest and apathy. Surely this means our democracy is broken?

Government Invests £500k To Encourage Students To Register To Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Matt Field | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

The government has invested £530,000 to encourage students to register to vote after tens of thousands disappeared from the electoral register follow...

The Political Party Leaders Are Listening to the Voice of Learning Disability

Ismail Kaji | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics
Ismail Kaji

Hear my voice is about making sure people with a learning disability's voices are being heard by politicians in the run up to the General Election on 7 May this year. We want to make sure people are not excluded and have the opportunity to have their say about the issues that impact them.

Pensioning Off Their Legacy

Dale Bilson | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

In the run up to this year's General Election, the UK's two main parties - Labour and the Conservatives - have traded the usual arguments and insults, drawing their battle lines and going to great lengths to highlight their differences.

Why Politicians Must Engage With Ethnic Minority Voters

Sandra Kerr | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Politics
Sandra Kerr

These figures show that politicians of all parties can no longer afford to ignore the power of BAME voters - or take them for granted. Yet every day there seems to be a new article saying that they are not reaching these constituents. So what can they do to connect with them?

Students - The General Election's Forgotten Force

Mel Ramsay | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mel Ramsay

Students should not be written off at this General Election. More needs to be done to encourage active participation but it is encouraging to see they want to engage. We hope more will follow in our footsteps at Staffordshire University and launch their own General Election campaigns, to mobilise their students and encourage them to have their say in May.

To the Ballot Box!

Paul Brannen | Posted 12.02.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Brannen

Please make sure that you, your family and friends are all registered to vote in the coming general election and for any possible referendum on our continued membership of the EU.