The General Election on June 8 is fast approaching. Each of 650 constituencies across the UK will elect one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons, and if one party obtains a majority of seats, they are entitled to form the Government, with their leader as Prime Minister.
If no single party wins a majority, we will have a hung parliament; the options for forming the Government are either a minority government or a coalition government.
With issues like Brexit, the housing market, the NHS, cost of living and tuition fees at the centre of the debate, it can be tough to know who to vote for - especially when you consider that you vote simultaneously for both your local MP and their party's leader. With that in mind, we recommend checking out the objective quiz ISideWith, which will tell you which parties your beliefs align with most closely. It's also worth taking a look at the different parties' manifestos (linked in this article.)
But we've also gathered some blogs from students who, like you, are going to be voting on June 8 - and they know who they're voting for. Check out their posts, linked below, to see why they think you should join them in voting for their preferred party this year...
We always welcome blogs and contributions from students, on the General Election and on any other topic. To join in the debate, please email email@example.com or drop UJS a message on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Daniel Kosky, Nottingham J-Soc - Conservative
- Jonty Leibowitz, Cambridge J-Soc - Labour
- Adam Isaacs, Birmingham J-Soc alumnus - Liberal Democrat
- Leora Kent, Leeds J-Soc - Conservative
- Esther Endfield, KCL J-Soc - Labour
- Jack Aaron, Birkbeck J-Soc - Conservative
- Katy David, Bristol J-Soc - the popular in politics and the importance of focusing on candidates
We are especially keen to host blogs on parties other than Conservative and Labour, as well as by students who define into any of our liberation networks, but do get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org) no matter who you are or who you want to encourage students to support.