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This Wednesday, We Have a Chance to Put PR on the Agenda in Westminster

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

At the crux of the issue is this: multi-party politics is here to stay, but our old-fashioned two-party system can't cope with the choices of modern voters. We clearly need a much fairer voting system.

We Will Fight to Protect Our Democratic Rights at All Costs

Jo Stevens | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jo Stevens

The Government may have numbers on their side, having won a very slim majority at the last election, but we have people power on our side and the desperate actions by Tories show that this is something that they - and we - will never underestimate.

PMQs Is Still Too Much of a Pantomime

Hamish Nicklin | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Politics
Hamish Nicklin

As I reflect on PMQs I can't help wondering what would happen if I ran one of my leadership meetings that way, with that lack of respect for another human, with that level of disdain for giving an actual answer and that level of bawdy, sneering, finger pointing. Hang on, it'd be like that other make-believe, pantomime view of the world; The Apprentice.

The Importance of Political Unity on Mental Health

Danny Bowman | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Politics
Danny Bowman

This is our moment, our chance and our time to make create a top class mental health system that can benifit all; through positive unified change. We can only do this together; so sticking on message I encourage all Members of parliament, party activists and councillors to call time on the tribal Political culture that surrounds our politics and come together to save lives, create hope and create a fighting chance for every person who so cruelly suffers from a mental illness

A Challenge to Westminster

Craig Butler | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Butler

Young people and politics has been a combination in the news quite a lot recently, with various to-remain-unnamed politicians stating with great deter...

Radio 4's 'Today in Parliament' Is Celebrating Its 70th Anniversary - I Take a Look Back...

Sean Curran | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Sean Curran

Now, in spite of all the TV temptations and digital distractions, Today in Parliament attracts more than a million listeners every week. In times of crisis it is even bigger. In 2003 as parliament debated the case for military action in Iraq, the weekly audience neared three million.

I Felt It Was My Duty to Pass Accusations Against Leon Brittan to the Authorities

Tom Watson | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Tom Watson

I have heard many disturbing and harrowing accounts of child abuse since I asked that question in the House of Commons. It is impossible not to become deeply upset and angry when listening to them. When the death of Leon Brittan was announced, I worried that the justice system would no longer take its course and that the allegations would never be thoroughly investigated... The choice facing anyone who is presented with testimony of this kind is whether to pass it on to the authorities and urge them to investigate or to ignore it. I chose the first option. I felt it was my duty to do so.

Being Human

Jess Phillips | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Whilst our start was cordially disharmonious, perhaps me and Jeremy Corbyn can take this journey together. Me a new MP, him a new leader. Perhaps we will become less human, more Westminster suited and booted. I doubt either of us will go there willingly or quietly. But we will get closer to it everyday, because when you say what you actually, think and believe, it really hurts when it's dismissed, angrily dissected and ridiculed.

Women at Westminster - When Labour Led the Way

Sarah Gristwood | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics
Sarah Gristwood

So Jeremy Corbyn has announced his shadow cabinet and the report card reads, 'tries hard, has to do better'. Better where women are concerned, anyway....

If Labour Attacked the Tories Like They Attack Corbyn, They'd Be in Office Now: Instead, They're in Turmoil..

Karl Davis | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

I always believed that Labour had lost it's fight because it had lost sight of it's purpose. I was wrong. The party machines remains acutely aware of that purposes, it just chooses to ignore it. The three mainstream candidates have united to show only too clearly that their fight is still within them, it is still bristling.

Time to Open Up Politics

Dan Jarvis | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

As someone who didn't enter Parliament via a traditional route, I've always believed in the importance of opening up the Westminster world to those who wouldn't normally be able to find a way in... Have you ever dreamed of working in politics but never had the chance? If so, this could be the opportunity you've been looking for.

Yes, Lords Reform is Needed - But so is Caution

Alan Grant | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alan Grant

Our democracy, like every political system across the world, needs reform and will always need reform but before we throw the bathwater out, let's make doubly sure we've removed the baby first.

Amidst the Monotony Corbyn Gives Us Something New

Mariya Hussain | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mariya Hussain

Jeremy Corbyn has entered the Labour leadership race, and in a world of cardboard cut-out, stick-to-the-centre-and-don't-really-oppose politicians, he is rising to the top with the help of grass roots activists and supporters.

Man Dies After Falling Down Seven-Storey Chimney

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK

A man has died after falling into a chimney of a seven-storey building in central London, police have said. The man was on the roof of a residentia...

The SNP's EVEL Crocodile Tears

Sam Douglas-Bate | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Politics
Sam Douglas-Bate

Pete Wishart is not one to mince his words. The nationalists' de facto spokesman on English votes for English laws (EVEL) launched a broadside on the floor of the house last week. For the SNP leader of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee, the proposals on the table are "a complete and utter mess".

For the First Time the House of Lords Now Has the Power to Expel Members Permanently

Lord Sewel | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Sewel

The previous difficulty of only being able to suspend a Member until the end of a Parliament has been overcome. Suspension is now available as a sanction for any length of time that the House considers appropriate. Furthermore, for the first time the House now has the power to expel permanently.

How the Welsh Political Elite Are Letting Down the Next Generation of Leaders

Theo Davies-Lewis | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Theo Davies-Lewis

To give future leaders an opportunity to become those leaders, the current crop of Welsh leaders must do many things. They must first stand up the constitutional tide approaching, securing a fair settlement for Wales, as well as making sure that they are more ambitious and enfranchise young people into politics

Man And Toddler Brandishing ISIS Flags Patrol Westminster, Are Not Arrested

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK

A man draped in an Islamic State (IS) flag has been photographed walking through the heart of Westminster – with a child on his shoulders who was wa...

In Defence of Politicians

Charlie Evans | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

How on earth did this indifference and apathy set in? Why do we have this attitude that MPs are some different species altogether? Why do we demand they know the price of a pint of milk as if this is a perfect indicator of the political clout they hold?

Repairing Parliament Will Be Costly, But Squandering the Opportunity to Modernise Would Be the Worst of All Outcomes

Neil Gray | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Gray

The prospect of billions of pounds worth of Parliament repairs, which have been dodged for decades and are now finally coming home to roost, is understandably being met with a chorus of boos. With the current Government determined to continue its austerity agenda, regardless of the final cost, it will not be easily stomached by the public and rightly so.

Six Pieces of Advice for New MPs

Paul Blanchard | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

Dear Newly Elected Members of Parliament, Firstly, welcome to Westminster! And now for the fun part. This is the part you've been campaigning for, dreaming about, fearing, and perhaps not daring yourself to think about too clearly in case it didn't happen: you're an MP. It happened. Well done.

The Big House... From the Inside

Hywel Williams | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Politics
Hywel Williams

Tuesday morning dawned with MPs from every party buzzing in to debate one of the big questions of the election, the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union. To quote that revered philosopher Yogi Bear, it was another case of deja-vu all over again

Speak Up About Climate Change for the Sake of Those You Love

Sophie Dodgeon | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK
Sophie Dodgeon

When it comes to climate change, the talk is often about the impact on future generations. The implication is that consequences are still some way off in the future and, despite the scary headlines, we don't need to worry too much about them now. But for those of us who are deeply concerned about the effect carbon emissions are having on people and planet, this isn't helpful.

Gender Equality is a Human Right, so Women Need More Seats in Parliament!

Frances Scott | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Frances Scott

Recently there's been lots of discussion concerning Human Rights and who should determine our "Rights". So where do women fit into this debate? A core founding principle of The United Nations is "the equal rights of men and women". Then why is Parliament still predominantly male?

Queen's Speech 2015: Watch Out For The Cameras George Osborne

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Steven Hopkins | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK

The Queen's Speech, delivered on Wednesday shortly after 11.30am, was unveiled amid lavish ceremony at Westminster, but not everyone looked enthralled...