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True or False? How much do you know about UK politics?

The UK is having its next general election next month but how much do you know about British politics and the general election? Are these sentences true or false? For help with vocabulary click here: 1) The UK does not have a constitution 2) All people aged 18 and over can vote in a general election 3) There are 500 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the UK 4) British people who live abroad cannot vote in general elections 5) The Queen has weekly meetings with the Prime Minister to discuss politics 6) A general election must be held in May 7) People in prison can vote in elections 8) People can vote for who they want to be Prime Minister 9) Members of the European Union living in the UK have the right to vote in the general election 10) In the last general election (in 2010) 35% of the British population did not vote.  1) TRUE: The UK does not have a written constitution. 2) TRUE: all adults (aged 18+) in the UK can vote in elections. 3) FALSE: There are 650 Members of Parliament (not 500). 4) FALSE: British people living abroad can vote, but they must register to do so.  However, you cannot vote if you have lived abroad for more than 15 years. 5) TRUE: The Prime Minister and the Queen meet once a week to discuss politics....

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British Politics Explained

Here is a list of vocabulary about British Politics; General Election – when the adults (aged 18+) of the United Kingdom vote for the politicians that they want to represent them. A General Election is usually held once every five years. There will be one on the 7th May 2015. Member of Parliament (MP) – the politician who represents a certain area or town. They sit in the House of Commons and vote on legislation.There are 650 MPs in the UK.  Legislation (n) – written laws – Legislative (adj) House of Commons – one half of the legislative  government.  The people who sit in the House of Commons (the 650 MPs) vote on laws. The people can choose who sits in this part. House of Lords –the other half of the legislative government . The people who sit in this house are NOT voted for by the people. Lord / Lady – these people sit in the House of Lords. They either have been awarded this title or have inherited it through their family. They are not democratically elected. Prime Minister – the head of the UK government. They are also an MP. This is not the same as the head of state or president. Head of State – the highest political position in the country. The head of state in the UK is Queen Elizabeth II. In countries...

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James Bond Should be a Girl: British Politician Says

Ed Miliband, a British politician and the leader of the Labour Party, has said that a woman should play the role of James Bond. He suggested Rosamund Pike as a good actress to play 007. She played the ‘bond girl’ in the 2002 film Die Another Day. Milliband said that the James Bond films need to “move with the times” and that the role should be open for both men and women to play. Author’s Comments: This is my personal opinion on this strange story. I find it very interesting that Ed Milliband has said this now. The British General Election* is coming up very soon (May this year). Ed is hoping to become the next Prime Minister of the UK. I believe that he only said this to make women voters like him more. As a female voter myself, I think he’s an idiot. Having a woman James Bond will not help to solve the problem of sexism and equality in the UK. He is only saying this to appear ‘cool’ and to try to win votes. *The General Election is when people in the UK vote for the people who will represent them in parliament and make the laws (Members of Parliament). This election also decides who will be the Prime Minister of the UK. What is your...

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Neo-Nazi March in Newcastle, UK

Police have arrested nine people after the city of Newcastle was invaded by a Neo-Nazi protest. The march was organised by the far-right wing group National Action. They sang racist songs and called their march “a white man march”. Anti-fascists tried to equal the National Action protest by trying to drown out the racist songs with their own chants. Police separated the two groups. The police said that most of the people at the event were peaceful, but that nine were arrested because their behaviour was unacceptable. Lawrie Coombs, who spoke for a group called North East Anti-Fascists (Newcastle is in the North East region of England) said it is important to challenge the views of fascists and racists. This is why he marched and chanted against the National Action protest. He said “Anytime fascists, racists or neo-Nazis appear on the streets they need to be confronted. We cannot allow them to spread their poison.” Vocabulary: to arrest (v), a march (n), far-right wing (adj), to drown out a noise (phrasal verb: cover a noise wit another noise), chant (n+v), to confront (v), spread (v), poison (n). Check the definition of these words here Story and Photos: Chronicle Live Discussion questions:  1) what do you know about Fascism? 2) Is fascism present in your country? 3) Is racism present in your country? 4) What is the best way to confront...

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How much would you pay for a University education?

University students in England currently pay £9,000 a year tuition fees; this money pays for the students’ education and doesn’t cover living costs such as rent, food or books.  When these other costs are considered, the average English student leaves University with £44,000 of debt. The left-wing Labour party  has just announced that if it wins the General Election in May, the £9,000 tuition fee will be reduced to £6,000 per year. University fees is an important subject in British politics. The last General Election in 2010 was won by the right-wing Conservative party. One of the first things they did was increase university fees to £9,000 per year. Before 2010, university fees were £3,250 per year. University students in England start to repay their student debt when they find a job after they graduate. If they do not find a job that pays  more than  £16,910 per year, they do not have to repay their loan. Interestingly, university fees are different in different parts of the UK. Scottish students who study at a Scottish university do not have to pay tuition fees at all. In Wales university fees are £3,810 per year and in Northern Ireland they are £3,805. English students currently pay three times more than students in other parts of the UK. Photo Credit: Newsroom Vocabulary: tuition (n), fees (n), living costs (n), rent (n), debt...

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