Conservative Minister Mark Field Suspended For Grabbing Greenpeace Activist

Mark Field has been suspended from his role as Foreign Office minister for Asia and the Pacific while his conduct is investigated by the police, the Cabinet Office and the Conservative Party. The Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster grabbed a Greenpeace activist and pushed her first into a pillar, then away by the neck at an event in London Mansion House. Continue reading Conservative Minister Mark Field Suspended For Grabbing Greenpeace Activist

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Politics Simplified: Voting For Your MEPs

“Brexit Day” was scheduled to occur on the 29th March 2019. Yet this month, the United Kingdom will go to the polls once more to elect representatives to the European Union, despite over half of the electorate expressing a desire to leave back in 2016. However, the terms of the UK’s MEPs are unlikely to last the full 5 years, as their positions are set to be lost when the UK leaves the EU. The deadline for the extended negotiations is 31st October 2019. Continue reading Politics Simplified: Voting For Your MEPs

Southampton City Council AI Scrutiny Panel: Policy Framework Supporting Growth Of AI and Data Driven Economy

On Thursday the 18th of October, the second of six monthly scrutiny inquiry panels discussed the future of work in Southampton, this time focusing upon national, regional and local strategies for adapting to a new industrial revolution. Continue reading Southampton City Council AI Scrutiny Panel: Policy Framework Supporting Growth Of AI and Data Driven Economy

Politics Simplified: Universal Credit

Universal Credit was championed by the former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. He sought to incentivise work and simplify the benefits system by combining tax credits, unemployment and housing benefit into a single means-tested monthly payment. However, the result has been less money for vulnerable people to live on, with the Trussell Trust reporting a 52% increase in food bank usage across areas in which this welfare reform has been implemented. Therefore it is unsurprising that there have been cross-party calls for either reforms or replacement of Universal Credit. Continue reading Politics Simplified: Universal Credit

A Guide to Southampton Politics

The universal adult franchise only sprung into existence in this country in the twentieth century. This democratic revolution was the product of protest, torture and the deaths of countless activists, who fought tirelessly for a right that is now taken for granted. Electoral turnouts in the UK are shamefully low, which is made clear by a general disinterest in local elections and the infamous indifference of younger generations. I find it frustrating whenever I come across anyone who has failed to register to vote – especially when they happen to be studying a politics degree like me. I hope that this guide persuades you to vote, and that you will finish reading with a better understanding of who represents you in Southampton. Continue reading A Guide to Southampton Politics

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