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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...

Now Is the Time for Young People to Revitalise Our Democracy

Daniel Wittenberg | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Wittenberg

The "Baby of the House of Commons" speaks for most young people, I think, in urging for a more co-operative democracy that responds to the many and not the few. It's this accessible kind of politics that can turn five damned years into a period of progress, although it's up to us to make it happen.

Analysis: General Election Results in Wales and Northern Ireland are a Boon for the Tories

John Perrygrove | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Perrygrove

In the weeks before the general election I echoed a number of other commentators (and some of the more realistic senior Labour figures) who predicted ...

A Cautious Start for the SNP in Westminster After Their Cataclysmic Blow to the Established Order in Scotland

John Perrygrove | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Perrygrove

It has been said that Scottish politics is a generational thing. After the 1950s Tory domination in Scotland gave way to the Labour party. Now, it seems, it is the nationalist's time. The consequences of this on the wider UK and it constitutional settlement will play out over time.

SNP Are The 'Real' Tory Opposition In Westminster

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Politics

The Scottish nationalists, not the Labour Party, are the real opposition to the Tories, the SNP’s top MP in Westminster said on Sunday. With Labour ...

Why I Didn't Vote!

Will Jones | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Will Jones

I didn't vote for one simple reason, I have looked in to the systems that our species use and they are outdated, antiquated and have died a long time ago. We are now living off its ashes and no politician is looking to address this.

Scotland's Most Topical Joke... Scottish Labour

Rob McDowall | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Politics
Rob McDowall

For too long Labour, as a national party, has tried to be everything to everyone and pitch itself as an antidote to the cruel and bitter Tory cuts, while at the same time joining the Tories in smears, knee-jerk reactions and adopting shiny posters and Americanised slogans supposedly designed to appeal to voters.

The Class of 2015 Enter Britain's Most Diverse Ever Parliament

Sunder Katwala | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Politics
Sunder Katwala

A record number of ethnic minority MPs have been elected to the House of Commons - 41 non-white MPs enter the new 2015 parliament compared to 27 at the last General Election, according to British Future's analysis of the constituency results... With approximately one in ten voters being non-white, the House of Commons remains less ethnically diverse than the electorate it serves, but there has been a rapid acceleration of progress.