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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I didn't vote for one simple reason, I have looked in to the systems that our species use and they are outdated, antiquated and have died a long time ago.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.

Why Politician Dream Girls Support 50:50 Parliament

Charlie Brades | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Brades

Life experiences really shape the way we see the world and Parliament needs to reflect a diverse range of experiences and worldviews. Women are a part of that. But this isn't just about women, it's about LGBT, race, disability and social economic back grounds. Parliament make and change our laws, it's not good enough to be waiting so long to finish the work of human rights campaigners. There is a very easy way to make sure our parliament is as current as we are, it is this: representation, representation, representation.

There Are Many Reasons Why Scotland Is Being Bowled Over by the SNP - and the Other Parties Can't Overcome Those by May 7th

John Perrygrove | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
John Perrygrove

It wasn't supposed to be like this. At least that is the view of Scotland's Unionist parties. Because despite losing last September's referendum on independence by a decent margin the Scottish National Party now appear on course for a landslide victory at next week's general election.

Hydro-electric Power - Why a Coalition Government Could Make the UK Greener

Simon Thomas | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Thomas

The numbers speak for themselves. Hydro-electric power is currently the only renewable energy capable of replacing fossil fuels and it's about time we had a party in government that's going to get serious about cutting the UK's carbon footprint.

Is Scotland Being Let Down By UK Immigration Policy?

Nash Riggins | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Politics
Nash Riggins

Scotland has always been a relatively multicultural place. Almost a fifth of central belt residents were born outside of the UK, and this foreign-born population is getting smarter and more highly skilled every year.

Why MPs Aren't Doing What They're Told - And Why That Might Be a Good Thing

Jack Butler | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

Party leaders will no doubt be wary of MPs who choose to ignore the orders that come down from the central office. Despite that, it seems they're here to stay. And after all, don't we all want politicians who represent the people that elected them, rather than being slavishly devoted to party interest?

How the Internet is Destroying Politics

Stuart Thomson | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Tech
Stuart Thomson

Part of the challenge also lies in where people get their politics from. They no longer exclusively rely on politicians and just as with music, books, cooking and a whole range of other areas they take recommendations from their friends.

Ex-MP Just Gave An Extraordinary Interview About Child Abuse Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK

A former Conservative MP has denied being a member of "any rent boy ring" in a extraordinary interview, given as police searched his home over the all...

Housing Crisis Goes to the Heart of Westminster

David Orr | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
David Orr

This is not a series of individual failures. This is a structural economic failure which is resulting in acute human misery and frustration. It is limiting our prospects for sustained economic growth. It is a failure of politics and government.

Time to Change the Rules on Second Jobs for MPs

Alexandra Runswick | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK Politics
Alexandra Runswick

So far all this scandal has done is reinforce the perception that many politicians are more interested in making money that representing their constituents. There needs to be fundamental change. At the very least, if second jobs are to be allowed then the taxpayer should not be expected to subsidise them as well.

New Awards Celebrate the Best and Worst of MPs on Twitter

Mike Williams | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK Politics
Mike Williams

The awards will celebrate those MPs who engage local people best, those whose Tweets have driven the news agenda and of course we'll poke a bit of fun at those who managed to get it oh so wrong as well.

UK General Election 2015: The Outlook for SMEs

Juan Lobato | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
Juan Lobato

With just 96 days (at the time of writing) until Britain heads to the polls, the general election campaigns have kicked off in earnest. Mainstream political parties are scrambling over each other to demonstrate their credentials in the hope of standing out...

Highs and Lows in the Anglo-Kurdish Relationship

Gary Kent | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The FAC report and Boris in Erbil are substantial gains for the burgeoning Anglo-Kurdish relationship, which is greatly assisted by a growing global realisation that the Kurds are a vital ally. On balance, last week in Westminster was good for the Kurds and their friends, and made much sweeter by the defeat of Daish in Kobane.

It Might Not Be Sexy, But Ownership Matters

Ed Mayo | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

Co-operative ownership might just be the best kept secret in the business world. A co-operative is a business, but a different kind of business: one which shares ownership among the people closest to it...

People Are Furious The Government Wants Flags Flown At Half-Mast For Saudi King

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK

In a gesture which could not be more emblematic of the economic importance of Saudi Arabia, the British government has declared all UK flags should be...

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

As the Establishment Struggles Through Filth, Tony Blair and Nigel Farage Come Out Grinning

Will Black | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK Politics
Will Black

Given how bizarre 2014 was, it's hard to predict what will happen in 2015. But my money is on Katie Hopkins becoming UN Ambassador, Dapper Laughs becoming NATO Special Representative for Women and Rolf Harris playing Glastonbury via a satellite link from his Category C prison, with Max Clifford working as his PR.

Eviction Threatened for 17 Creative Businesses in London's Soho to Make Way For Nine Luxury Flats

Tom Harvey | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Harvey

The latest figures reveal that office space is being converted to residential in Central London at a terrifying and unsustainable rate. Of particular concern to the creative community of London's Soho, is that a quarter of that lose is on our doorstep.

Autumn Statement: We Need a Social Security System That Invests in People

Geraldine Blake | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Politics
Geraldine Blake

While within Westminster the debate continues to go round and round, here in Newham the urgency for Government action is clear. Tomorrow, the Chancellor should start to reframe social security as a long-term investment rather than a bill in which to find politically easy yet socially damaging short-term.