UK Westminster

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.

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 30.06.2015 | 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 09.06.2015 | 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...