UK Voting

Will the Media Win the EU Referendum?

Paul Blanchard | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

The media were not decisive in the EEC referendum - they went with the clear winner from the start. But today, in 2016, the media's decision could swing the vote and result in us leaving the EU forever. They know this and they know that they will, at some point very soon, need to decide. And that's causing them all sorts of problems.

800,000 People Are Now Missing From Electoral Register - And Students Are The 'Biggest Casualties'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Around 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the new system of individual sign-ups was introduced, while students have been the...

Could Government by Referendum Ever Be Made to Work?

Matt Hawkins | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

If major policies of government were decided by a referendum of the public we wouldn't be bombing Syria, we'd stay in the EU (by our fingernails), Bri...

Women In Saudi Arabia Are Voting For The Very First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK

Women in Saudi Arabia are finally being allowed to vote - despite still being unable to do basic things like drive or open a bank account without a hu...

Are You One of the Missing Million?

Martha Dalton | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Martha Dalton

Whether or not you're registered to vote probably isn't something you spend a lot of time worrying about. That's fair enough, it isn't always up there with life's great stresses. But today the Government is publishing its latest register of voters and, if you're not on it, that could be a problem for you.

Here's How Thousands Of Students Could End Up Being Banned From Voting

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students are being warned they risk being barred from voting and losing their political voice completely and as the government prepares to draw up new...

Tipping the Balance - How Consumer Action Creates Conditions for Governments to Change

Harriet Lamb | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade campaigners in London © Matt Alexander I had just read Michael Hobbes article on the futility of ethical consumerism to end sweatshops. H...

The Corbynist Manifesto: But Are We Really Ready for Change?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

A spectre is haunting Britain. Indeed. Sounds familiar. The starting words of the Communist Duo themselves in the opening of their Manifesto to the wo...

Politics is Broken, Not Jeremy Corbyn: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It..

Karl Davis | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

Not that long ago, I walked away from Labour for the second time. I was in despair at their brazen rejection of the ideals and values that spurned the...

A Quarter Of People In Hackney Could Be About To Lose Their Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics

One in four people in the London Borough of Hackney could lose their right to vote by Christmas. Some 23% of the area's registered voters would be ...

No Taxation Without Representation - 16 Year Olds Deserve a Vote

Owen Winter | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

Now that the general election is behind us, politicians and pundits are setting their sights on the upcoming referendum on the EU. Referenda are not a common occurrence in Britain, since 1973 there have only been two national referenda. This time, there has been a collective cry from 16 and 17 year olds who want the chance to vote on Britain's EU membership... It is no surprise that young people feel disaffected when they have no say in who represents them.

In Praise of 25 Caroline Lucases

Sian Berry | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

I was proud to represent the Greens at the recent rally for voting reform at Parliament, organised by Unlock Democracy and Owen Winter, the Member of ...

I Voted Tory and I Want a Strong Labour Party

Sophie Harrison | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Harrison

I voted Blue and I want to see Red. I want to see red with Tory policies I disagree with, namely fox hunting and the exclusion of under-25s from the Living Wage. I do not want to be a "yes woman" and blindly follow what I don't view as right.

Isis Brainwashing Shows Dangers Of Giving Teenagers Vote, Says Peer

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics

Young people should be denied the vote because Isis recruitment of British teenagers shows them to be too easily manipulated, a member of the House of...

Votes For 16-year-olds A Step Closer After Lords Back Election Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics

Votes for 16 and 17 year olds took a major step closer tonight after the House of Lords backed the change. Labour and Lib Dem peers joined forces t...

The Fox Hunting Ban - My Thoughts and How You Can Help.

Claire Lynch | Posted 14.07.2015 | UK Politics
Claire Lynch

If you're pro fox hunting, this is not an attack at you; our opinions may differ, but you are fully entitled to have, and hold onto your own. This post isn't about getting you to change your mind; it's just a call to those who may agree with me on the matter, who may want to do something proactive about the potential lift on the current fox hunting ban.

The Detriment of TTIP

Kumail Jaffer | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kumail Jaffer

Negotiations for the TTIP (and TPP) have been very secretive, and you have to wonder why. If the deal was public, if investigative journalists were able to spread knowledge about this deal, protests would ensue from the awareness of possible detriment...

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 Cox | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Parents
Katy Cox

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.