There’s just a week to go until the General Election and I have to admit I’m still struggling to decide who to vote for. I’ve stared long and hard at my postal ballot papers but haven’t as yet found any inspiration. And I’m not alone. I’m one of the 13% of voters who, according to a recent YouGov poll, still haven’t made up their mind. But whatever happens, come next Thursday I will mark my X by the spot and use my democratic right to choose who runs the country. But scarily a lot of people I know won’t. Increasingly I’m speaking to people who aren’t going to bother voting at all. I was having a nice chat with a -neighbour this week. I say chat, it was more a marathon moaning session about the state of politics, the damage to our local services because of austerity cuts and the piles of election material we’ve been getting through the post. So, I asked, who will you vote for? Straight away she shot back: “None of … [Read more...] about Eva Simpson: You might not like what’s on offer, but we must choose someone and vote
Boris Johnson will have another go at convincing MPs to vote for an election on Monday. But the Government motion to be tabled on Monday will be exactly the same as last night's failed bid. Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (FTPA), Johnson needs to secure the support of two thirds of MPs to trigger an election - which he failed to manage last night by a significant margin. Some thought Johnson might try another method of triggering the election - which would only require a simple majority, but would give opposition MPs the opportunity to attach their own conditions to the motion. But the Mirror understands Monday's motion will be identical to the one which fell in the Commons yesterday evening. MPs rejected Boris Johnson bid saying they would not agree to one until a bill ruling out no-deal had passed. A bill to stop a no-deal Brexit will complete its passage through the Lords on Friday after a late-night breakthrough. The legislation to delay Brexit in order to prevent a no-deal … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson will try again for failed election vote – and nothing has changed
One of the striking features of the electoral landscape in Scotland is that nearly every Westminster seat is marginal.At the last election, the winning party's majority represented less than 10% of the vote in no less than 46 of the country's 59 Westminster seats.And in most of these seats, quite a substantial share of the vote went to whoever came third. In the 15 instances where the SNP and the Conservatives shared first and second place in the 2017 election, Labour on average won just under a fifth of the vote. Similarly, in the 28 seats where the battle was between the SNP and Labour, just over a fifth of the vote was captured by the Conservatives.As a result, the outcome of the election north of the border could potentially be heavily influenced by 'tactical voting'.If voters whose first preference party looks set to come third (or even worse) switch from that party to one that seems better placed locally to defeat a party that they particularly dislike, they can make a difference … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Will people vote tactically in Scotland?
Voting day in the December general election is now just one 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 midnight … [Read more...] about When is the 2019 general election voting day, and when will we know the results?
Was the decision of the majority of MPs to prevent a general election on 15 October lawful? Specifically, did it infringe Article 3 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which covers the right to free elections: ‘The High Contracting Parties undertake to hold free elections at reasonable intervals by secret ballot, under conditions which will ensure the free expression of the opinion of the people in the choice of the legislature.’ Cases so far heard concerned the voting rights of prisoners, in which the Strasbourg Court found that what it called a ‘blanket ban’ on the right of prisoners to vote was unlawful. The decision of Parliament to prevent an election could be construed... … [Read more...] about Did MPs break the law in denying us our human right to express our will in an election?