Not going to vote? You're not alone. The reasons vary - cynicism, feeling powerless, feeling uninformed - but across the UK, almost a third of the electorate didn't use their right to choose their MP in the last few elections. But if you think your vote doesn't matter, you could be wrong. The number of non-voters is greater than the sitting MP's majority in 551 out of 650 constituencies: that's more than 80%. Take Boris Johnson's constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip, for example: 23,716 people voted for him in 2017, giving him a majority of 5,034. However, 22,798 voters on the electoral register didn't turn out at all. That means he has a theoretical majority of just 918 over those who didn't vote.That puts him just beyond the 142 seats where there were more non-voters than people who voted for the winning MP. In some seats the gap between the winner and second place was incredibly tight. In 11, the MP won by fewer than 100 votes. Yet in each of those there were between 12,000 … [Read more...] about Election 2019: How non-voters could hold sway as we approach polling day
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CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, and that means Winter Wonderland has returned to London's Hyde Park. Here is everything you need to know about one of the UK's favourite festive attractions. When does Winter Wonderland 2019 open? Winter Wonderland opens at 4pm on November 21 and ends on January 5, 2020. After November 21 it will be open every single day from 10am to 10pm. The festive attraction is free to enter - but you need to buy tickets for some of the extra activities. Where is Winter Wonderland? Winter Wonderland is held in London's Hyde Park every year.The nearest London Underground stations are Bond Street, Green Park, Knightsbridge, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Paddington and Victoria. There are also multiple bus routes that can get you there - the full details are here. The best place to park your car if you decide to drive in is the Q-Park as it has entrances at Park Lane and Marble Arch - click here for more information. Where do I buy tickets and what are the prices? … [Read more...] about When does Winter Wonderland 2019 open? Ticket prices and Hyde Park opening times
WITH the December election fast approaching, the UK's political parties are putting their best foot forward. Here we take a look at labour, their last stint in power and how likely they are to return to Number 10 at the end of the year. When was Labour last in power? The last Labour Prime Minister was Gordon Brown, in 2010. Brown took over from Blair following his resignation in 2007 - he was the sixth post-war Prime Minister to take office without having won a General Election. Brown preceded Tony Blair, who was voted in over Conservative John Major in 1997. Blair served at Number 10 for ten years.The "soft left" politician led the party under the phrase "New Labour," distancing himself from previous politics and adopting a newer style of Labour of government. Blair resigned following mounting pressure from inside the Labour party and other factors, like the Iraq war in 2007. Who is the current Labour leader, and will they become prime minister? Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the … [Read more...] about When was Labour last in power and how likely are they to win the 2019 General Election?
Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP have hinted a commitment to scrapping the UK's Trident nuclear missiles will be the price of their support for a minority government led by Jeremy Corbyn. The SNP has issued four policy demands to Mr Corbyn in what appears to be a 'wish list' which would have to be met for the party to prop up the Labour leader in Number 10. Getting rid of the UK's 'immoral nuclear weapons system' which is carried by four submarines which are based in Scotland is top of the list. The party is also calling for Labour to make firm commitments on Brexit, immigration and climate change. Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, pictured in Dundee yesterday, have issued a set of four demands to the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, pictured arriving at a TV debate in Manchester on Tuesday, is a long-standing opponent of the UK's nuclear weapons On Brexit, the SNP wants Labour to commit to not taking Scotland out of the EU 'against our will' and to formally back … [Read more...] about Nicola Sturgeon goes nuclear: Now SNP hints scrapping UK’s Trident missiles could be a red line to prop up Jeremy Corbyn in power
LONDON'S Oxford Circus Tube station has been closed after a man fell under a Tube train from an "overcrowded" platform this evening. British Transport Police said they were at the scene along with emergency services treating the victim, who fell in front of the Victoria Line train in front of horrified eyewitnesses. Bystanders blasted Transport for London following the incident claiming the platform was overcrowded. Emergency services are currently at the scene, the incident is not being treated as suspicious. 'RAMMED' PLATFORM Former England cricketer Ebony Rainford-Brent was on the platform of Oxford Circus when the man made the terrifying plunge. In a tweet-storm, she wrote: "1. I cannot believe what I have just witnessed. Absolutely horric (sic) scenes at Oxford Circus and I just watched a man fall under the tube 2m in front of me. @TfL this is UNACCEPTABLE that in one of the most sophisticated cities in the world stations are allowed to get this RAMMED .."Ebony then sent out … [Read more...] about Oxford Circus station closed after man falls under Tube train from ‘overcrowded’ platform