Ready, set, general election

may 2015

Written by Luna Webster

The most unusual general election in years is almost here. While many of us wonder hopelessly who to vote for, (I’ve heard the term “best of a bad bunch” more times in the past four months than I have in my entire life) there’s so much going on to get us involved and perhaps provide a helping hand in making that final decision.

The first step to take is probably to find out who is standing for parliament in your constitutency. You might be planning to vote for a party that doesn’t actually have a candidate in your area so to save disappointment, head to https://meetyournextmp.com and use your post code to get lots of information on those standing in your constituency.

On the site you can also learn about hustings that may be taking place in your area. Hustings are like a non-televised, David Dimbleby free version of Question Time, with a panel made up of the MP candidates from your local area. The public can attend and present questions to the panel about anything from local to national issues. These events are usually free and are a great way of working out who to vote for or getting your questions answered. If there are any political hubs in your town, these are also worth visiting for further information. You might even be able to meet the candidates and speak to them personally this way.

It’s also very, very important to remember to register to vote. You must do this by April 20th so there isn’t much time left. The process of registering takes around five minutes which is nothing in the grand scheme of things. We at Have I Got News For Youth don’t care at all about who you’re going to vote for – but we would love to see a good turnout among 18-24 year olds as this is a hugely important way of getting our political voices heard. Register here and remind your friends to do the same: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

We’ll be creating a new page of useful links you can go to in order to learn more about the general election and the parties involved in it so don’t worry if you still don’t feel prepared. Don’t worry though! It’s an incredibly exciting time to be young and politically engaged in the UK as anything could happen – and you have the power to shape that…

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