Plenty of promises have been made by politicians in the election campaign - but what big issues have they been quiet about?1. The UK's role in the worldOne of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's favourite slogans, Global Britain, doesn't actually appear in the Conservative manifesto. There have been arguments about potential post-Brexit trade deals with the US. Global issues such as climate change have featured prominently. And international issues were discussed during the Nato summit. But in-depth discussions about the kind of relationship the UK might want with the rest of the EU, if Brexit was to happen, have largely been avoided.Trade talks, both with the EU and other countries around the world, could be a dominant political issue for years to come. But the choices that would have to be made, and the effect they could have on businesses up and down the country, haven't been addressed in any detail. Brexit: What trade deals has the UK done so far? Rolled-over UK free trade deals 'are … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Nine big things forgotten by the parties
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Families of children with special educational needs (SEND) have asked candidates how they will tackle what they say is a "crisis" in Bristol.Parents accused politicians of "playing games with their children's futures" and said they were "trying to pretend the problem doesn't exist". A child needing a SEND plan should receive it within 20 weeks, but legal deadlines were missed in 98% of cases. Bristol City Council said it could not comment because of the UK Election.Jen Smith, from Bristol SEND Alliance, said the group wanted to "feel more confident candidates understand the crisis that's happening". SEND plans are known as EHCP (Education, health and care plan) and they set out the needs, provision and school or college a young person with special needs should attend. Local authorities have a statutory obligation to complete EHCPs for children and young people with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) within 20 weeks.When candidates at a hustings expressed sympathy, they … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Special needs ‘crisis’ dominates hustings
You’ve stayed up late watching every election you can remember. You’ve read all the manifestos. You’ve even been to hustings meetings to heckle your local candidates. But have you got what it takes to actually run an election? Find out how much you know about being a returning officer. There’s no prize. As ever, it is just for fun. Let us know in the comments how you got on – and we look forward to the exciting debate about how the official roles of (acting) returning officer, returning officer and chief electoral officer differ across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the same election. Could you be an election returning officer? Answers and sample ballot papers are all taken from the Electoral Commission’s official guidance for returning officers. Topics General election 2019 quizzes Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp … [Read more...] about Quiz: could you be an election returning officer?
Ed Miliband needs to stop practicing “Hampstead Heath” politics geared towards the north London metropolitan elite if he is to win next year’s general election, according to one of the most high-profile Labour politicians. Rochdale MP, Simon Danczuk, who this weekend fuelled rumours of the first Labour-Ukip defection after being photographed having a pint with the Ukip leader Nigel Farage, suggested Miliband must “radically” change his approach in order to win outright in May. Complaining that his leader had a “35% strategy” aimed at scraping by with just enough of the vote to become the senior party in a ruling coalition, Danzcuk said Miliband should listen to working-class MPs such as himself rather than ignoring them in favour of what he described as sycophants who cut their teeth as special advisers. In an interview with the Guardian, Danczuk saidMiliband needed to surround himself with “real people”. Danczuk proposed “a … [Read more...] about Ed Miliband must cease ‘Hampstead Heath’ politics to win election – MP
The two leading candidates to be Prime Minister in Great Britain faced off on Friday in the final televised debate before its citizens head to the polls next week. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in his opening gambit, said: "Millions of people are struggling. They need an ambitious government on their side. A vote for Labour is a vote for real change." The Conservative leader responded: "We can spread opportunity, and improve our services. But that will only happen with a Conservative government. If Labour gets in there will be chaos and two referendums," in reference to Brexit, the UK's looming departure from the European Union. Brexit The exchange began relatively timidly until PM Johnson accused his opposite number of supporting the break-up of the the United Kingdom as the two politicians argued over the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland. 20 years on, Northern Ireland marks peace deal Architects of the accord Then-Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, former … [Read more...] about UK Election: Johnson and Corbyn spar in final TV debate