TV election debates are still a bit of a novelty in the UK. Each time an election is called, there's the question of whether any will take place, how they will be organised and who will take part. Broadcasters are still experimenting - this time putting on two-way debates, seven-way debates, a climate change debate and a special youth audience debate, among other permutations.So is there room for improvement? And, if so, what might that look and sound like? Here are some expert suggestions. 1. Turn off the microphonesNo-one likes it when leaders interrupt and talk over each other. It puts the focus on confrontation rather than discussion and does little to showcase anyone's qualities as a potential prime minister. As US academic Bryan Van Norden puts it, writing for the Hipporeads website, "There is absolutely no professional or political context in which elegantly interrupting others or being interrupted by others is a useful skill."He suggests simply switching off leaders' … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Six ways to improve TV debates
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Voting day in the December general election is now less than a week away, after the chaotic Brexit negotiations in Westminster led MPs to back Boris Johnson's call for a vote on Oct 29. Since Parliament was officially dissolved on Nov 6, the UK political parties have been preparing for the upcoming election, with candidates promoting their campaigns, pledges and promises across the country. When is the general election? The UK general election is set to take place on Dec 12. While most of us wouldn't typically associate the final month of the year with political votes, back in the early 20th century, three general elections took place in December 1910, 1918 and 1923. What time do polling stations open and close? On polling day, voting centres will operate from 7am until 10pm. How do I vote in the general election? Firstly, you need to be registered to vote, which is done via the GOV.UK website. The deadline to register was … [Read more...] about What date do I vote in the 2019 general election, and when will we know the results?
Blackpool may have many a slot machine and amusement arcade on its seafront, but it seems there is only one game in town as the general election approaches - Brexit.A couple of days before Boris Johnson visited the seaside resort, and as the wind howled along the famous beach, I asked people what would influence their vote on 12 December.Would it be local issues like the state of the NHS or schools perhaps? Or social deprivation and the state of the economy?No. Without exception - and regardless of how they voted in the 2016 referendum - the issue of how, when and whether the UK should leave the European Union trumped everything else.Josh Sheard said he was "right behind" Jeremy Corbyn's push for a new Brexit deal and a second referendum."I studied the EU when I did my A-levels and, to put it tactfully, we will go down the toilet if we leave," he said.The 22-year-old said he knew "a lot of people" who regretted voting to leave.He said they were "naive to the consequences" and many now … [Read more...] about General election 2019: ‘It’s all about Brexit’ in Blackpool South key marginal
BORIS Johnson is up a point in the polls this weekend with just days to go before polling day. The Tories are still a good ten points clear of Labour as they look set to be returned to power with a majority. The PM is having a kickabout this morning to promote his plans to bid to host the World Cup if he wins Thursday's election. Follow our General Election 2019 live blog below for all the latest news and updates... Natasha Clark4 minutes ago7th December 2019NUTS ABOUT BREXIT! Oooh, is this Boris getting a whack in the balls? Ouch… Natasha Clark4 minutes ago7th December 2019BORIS BOUNCE Natasha Clark12 minutes ago7th December 2019POLL BOOST Boris has picked up a point in a Panelbase poll last night. The Tories are on 43 per cent, Labour are unchanged on 34 per cent, with the Lib Dems on 13 per cent. The Brexit Party continue to trail behind on 3 per cent, and Greens on 2 per cent. Westminster voting intention: CON: 43% (+1) via @PanelbaseMD, 04 – 06 Dec — Britain … [Read more...] about General Election latest news: Boris Johnson picks up a point in the polls in last weekend before election
The 2019 General Election has been billed as the poll that could change the political landscape for the long-term, with many traditional working-class Labour voters lining up to support Boris Johnson in the North and some heavily pro-Remain seats poised to oust Conservative MPs in the South. Here Sir John Curtice, the veteran psephologist, sets out 10 constituencies to watch and half a dozen big beasts who could lose their seats on Thursday. Six Big Beasts At Risk Dominic Grieve The former Attorney General has been a persistent procedural thorn in both Theresa May’s and Boris Johnson’s flesh throughout the Brexit process. Now thrown out of the Conservative party, he is trying to defend his seat... … [Read more...] about John Curtice’s guide to general election night 2019: the seats to watch and the MPs under pressure