The Dummies Guide To The May 5 Elections

Tomorrow – Thursday 5th May is set to be a big huge day for this country. No we’re not talking about #ThrowbackThursday. We’re talking about the biggest set of elections (outside General Elections) – aka Super Thursday – that are set to change the face and future of Britain, and British Democracy, as we currently know it.

For our generation in particular, various societal issues have and if not already, will impact the way we live, work and what our future holds for us. Issues to do with housing costs and the price of higher education, as well as bigger global issues such as immigration and the state of the NHS have really seen a shift in the way millennials are interacting with and reacting to politicians and their politics.

So, we’ve decided to break down exactly what will be happening where and why, to show you that despite your political beliefs, it’s really important that you should take an active interest in some of the biggest debates around politics that we have seen in recent years.

 

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The London Mayoral Assembly Elections

The two big rivals vying to take over current London Mayor Boris Johnson’s position, are Labour candidate Sadiq Khan and Conservative Zac Goldsmith. If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, you’ll see that the battle between the two has proved very unsavoury of the recent weeks with some deep and personal accusations. Such as Goldsmith being accused by Khan’s fellow Labour MP, Yvette Cooper, of Islamophobia for his suggestion that Khan was ‘covering’ for religious extremists. Although Khan is currently set to be the favourite to win, we think this will still be a very tight race for the hotly contested role.  Other mayoral elections are also taking place in Bristol, Salford and Liverpool

English local government and mayoral elections

This is a real test for all of the country’s parties such as Labour, Conservatives, Green Party and much more, to gain as many seats and representatives across the 124 English councils that we have. Some say it will also be a huge test for new Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as this will really show how much support he has for his leadership, with some poll experts suggesting he could lose up to 170 seats nationwide.

Scottish Parliament

Voting in Scotland uses a slightly different system called proportional voting in order to elect 129 members of parliament, also known as MSP’s. Each of the country’s 73 constituencies will elect one MSP, while eight larger regions will elect seven each. The big winner here, lead by female party leader Nicola Sturgeon, is expected to be the Scottish National Party, who won a resounding 69 seats in 2011. It’s also great to see a strong woman taking charge in an otherwise male dominated British politics.

National Assembly of Wales

Similarly to Scotland, a proportional voting system is used here to elect 60 members of parliament (AM’s). In this case each of the country’s 40 constituencies pick one single member and five bigger regions will select seven members each. The Labour Party, who would 30 out of 60 seats in 2011, are set to remain the big winners here.

Northern Ireland Assembly

In N.I. they also use a proportional voting system but one that allows voters to rank by preference. This assembly is made up of 108 members, with 18 constituencies picking 6 members each.  Many have said because interest in N.I. politics is at an all time low, big changes aren’t expected here.

We want to know what you think. Will you be voting? If so why? And if not, why not? Remember sometimes you have to be the change you want to see, so tweet us your thoughts!

*To vote, polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Any British citizen who lives in the UK and is 18 or over, is eligible to vote in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The age limit in Scotland is 16.

 

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