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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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
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage had a mixed reception on a visit to a south Wales rugby club on Saturday.He went to watch a Welsh Premiership match in Ebbw Vale in Blaenau Gwent.Two other party leaders were in Wales on Saturday, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in various locations and Plaid Cymru's Adam Price visiting Holyhead.During the rugby club visit, a Jeremy Corbyn chant rang out while one supporter said Mr Farage was not welcome.Others did greet Mr Farage, who was campaigning in the area which saw the biggest Leave vote in Wales in the 2016 referendum.The Westminster seat of Blaenau Gwent is being defended by the Labour Party.When asked about his reaction to reports of Russian interference in leaked documents detailing UK-US trade talks, Mr Farage said the content of the documents is "suspect" and criticised Labour's use of the papers.However Mr Farage said he was "not unduly" concerned there is a problem with interference in British politics. Corbyn heads to Wales in final … [Read more...] about General Election 2019: Ebbw Vale gives Farage gets mixed reaction
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?
REMAINER candidates have been long telling Brits in marginal seats to vote strategically for Labour or the Lib Dems to boot the Tories out. But tactical voting for the Conservatives over Labour or the Brexit Party could see Boris scoop a big win on Thursday. Even after pulling out of 317 seats across the country, the few votes Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is splitting the Brexit vote in key marginal seats, mimicking the results of the by-elections in Peterborough and Brecon and Radnorshire. Every Conservative MP has promised to vote through Boris Johnson's Brexit deal and deliver on the EU referendum, but votes for Labour or the Brexit Party candidates in constituencies the Conservatives could win could kill the chance of getting a pro-Brexit MP into Parliament and put a Remainer in instead. The Brexit Party has been trailing in the polls for weeks and was forecast to pick up only 3 per cent of the vote in the YouGov MRP poll released in The Times last week. But the support they … [Read more...] about Here’s where Brexit tactical voting in Britain’s marginals could deliver Boris Johnson his election win