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The Death of DECC: What's in a Name?

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK Politics
Adrienne Macartney

The death of DECC is not simply a linguistic destruction. We now have an (unelected) government leadership that dismisses the need for a carbon reduction strategy and is consistently opposed to climate regulation measures on business and industry.

Westminster Security Alert After Peer Is Sent Letter With White Powder Inside

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK

A security alert was sparked at Westminster after a peer received hate mail containing white powder. The message, received by Lord Ahmed, contained ...

Don't Deny Access to the Arts to the People Who Need it Most

Nicky Goulder | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nicky Goulder

Next week is pivotal for the future of artistic diversity in the UK. On 4 July Parliament will debate whether the EBacc should include expressive arts subjects, with the result having potentially huge ramifications for who the arts are 'for' in Britain - are they for everyone to practice and appreciate, or are they the preserve of a wealthy and culturally homogenous elite?

How the Youth Are Responsible for Brexit

Ryan Ellis | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ryan Ellis

If there is one positive outcome of the United Kingdom withdrawing its membership of the European Union, I only hope it is to teach us youngsters a lesson. For the country that we desire, my generation will finally have to show up and fight.

Scottish Independence: Avoiding a 'Yes' With a Bitter Taste

Megan Stamper | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Stamper

In a future of continuing instability for the EU, with many far-right movements from other EU countries using Brexit as an opportunity for gains of their own, we can strongly voice our support for continued unity and try to help fight for stability.

Brexit - When Did Unashamed Selfishness Become So Acceptable?

James Downs | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
James Downs

Above all, when we think of the history of Europe before the EU and the present-day context whereby global stability is precarious to say the least, we have to remind ourselves when we vote on the 23rd June that the prosperity of our international relationships is as important as the prosperity of our national wallet - that there are some things worth paying for, like peace.

CCTV - Protection or Infringement?

David Rosenberg | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Tech
David Rosenberg

The most surprising thing about Edward Snowden's revelations was how unsurprised we all were by them. The dystopian visions of our most paranoid friends had been confirmed and we all kind of shrugged and added a capital letter to our password which we later changed back to lower case because it was too difficult to remember.

How Can You Justify the UK's Spending on Aid?

Jo Yirrell | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK
Jo Yirrell

I was always proud of my eldest son Harry, never more so than when he swapped working at a building site in Leighton Buzzard to volunteer in a small v...

Aid Reform not Reduction Needed Post-World Humanitarian Summit

Simon O'Connell | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

Ending the UK's commitment to spend just 7p out of every £10 of our national wealth on international aid is not the answer. This will send the wrong signal to both the countries we are asking to commit to the same spending, and importantly to the hundreds of millions of the world's poorest who we are supporting to lift out of poverty once and for all.

Man Falls Off Westminster Bridge While Taking A Photo

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK

A man has been left seriously injured after falling 15-feet off Westminster Bridge in central London. The victim plummeted from the bridge onto a con...

Isabel Hardman Was Right to Call Out the 'Totty' MP - The Media Were Wrong to Name and Shame Him

Jessie Thompson | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Jessie Thompson

It's obvious from Hardman's tweets that she thought more than once about whether to draw attention to the incident, and quite deliberately didn't mention the MP's name. She spoke carefully, flagging up unacceptable sexist behaviour rather than encouraging a personal attack on the individual that said it.

I've Got All My Sisters With Me - Where Women Are Winning

Jess Phillips | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

There is one thing I think that we women have that our brothers should envy and replicate - we have each other. The relationships I have had with women are life-changing. It is hard to put in to words the awesomeness of female friendship, many writers have tried to get the depth of women's relationships to leap off a page or transmit on to our screens.

18 Things You Missed at National Student Pride 2016

Jamie Wareham | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jamie Wareham

I currently have MEGA post-pride blues. It's my third year helping out with National Student Pride since it came to London, and in an attempt to boost my levels to those I get when in our luminous pink skinny jeans - I've jotted down my highlights of the Saturday...

Why I'm Joining Greenpeace's Fracking Protest Outside Westminster Today

Tina Rothery | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Politics
Tina Rothery

We're planning to stay here all day in protest at government plans to force fracking on communities across the country. Today we want to show David Cameron's government - this is what it feels like to have the shale gas industry pushed on you against your own will.

Waiters In Parliament Become Latest Victims Of A Tipping Scandal

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

Temporary waiting staff in the Houses of Parliament are missing out on tips paid to them by politicians on debit and credit cards. Workers in Parli...

Watch How The US Saw Donald Trump Being Called A 'Wazzock' By MPs

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

MPs in Britain spent three hours debating whether Donald Trump should be banned from the UK for his anti-Muslim remarks - even though the prospects of...

British Muslim MP Invites Donald Trump To Bradford For A Curry

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK

The member of Parliament for Bradford West has invited Donald Trump to visit her constituency during a debate over whether the Republican presidential...

Donald Trump Trolls MPs Over Oil Price As They Consider UK Ban

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Politics

Donald Trump has threatened to pull his £700m investment from Scotland - and warned his cash has "never been more needed" as oil prices tank. The ...

Foster Care Works - This Must Be Acknowledged

Kevin Williams | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Williams

Good foster care transforms lives and enables young people to flourish. The vast majority of young people in care are living with foster families who love them, and provide the stability and support that will see them grow into confident adults.

Special Adviser-Bashing Is Lazy and Overplayed

Graeme Demianyk | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK Politics
Graeme Demianyk

When Charles Kennedy passed away last year, he was universally and rightly praised for devoting his life to politics. The phrase "career politician" never came up. Is it so reprehensible to make sure a minister hits all his marks compared to being an MP in your 20s? Or a councillor, or any political job?

New Year's Resolutions That I'd Love to See My Tory Counterparts at Westminster Adopt in 2016

Anne McLaughlin | Posted 03.01.2016 | UK Politics
Anne McLaughlin

As a former member of the Scottish Parliament, I'd be tempted to suggest that the light and airy business-like atmosphere of Holyrood might make a refreshing change in working environment for some of my Westminster opposition.

MPs May Have A Serious Drinking Problem But John Bercow Doesn't Want You To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Politics

House of Commons speaker John Bercow has been accused of suppressing reports that reveal the scale of MPs' alcohol problems. Documents which are th...

World Youth Organisation Launch Set For January 2016

Tom Hinchcliffe | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Hinchcliffe

With the launch imminent, the World Youth Organisation have said they intend to finalise the guest list, which already contains various figures from the charity alongside MPs, members of the youth parliament and notable journalists.

Mao money, Mao problems: a political eulogy for John McDonnell (with a drawing of George Osborne)

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Iddo Goldfarb

I suppose I should've drawn Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after his toe-curling response to Big George's spending review last week. But, given that...

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.