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Copy of UK General Election 2015!
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run the country and make important decisions
Politicians who work in the
Houses of Parliament,
regularly debate on big issues that affect how the country is run, including how much money hospitals get and what you learn in school.
WHAT IS IT?
in total which include
3. Liberal Democrats
4. UK Independence (UKIP)
5. The Green Party
6. The Scottish National Party
7. Plaid Cymru
On 7 May, adults up and down the country will choose which politician, and which
they want to be in power for the next
Lets meet UK's political contestants!
... but these facts are no good to us when choosing our next leader!
How do we choose who to vote for?
We decide based on each parties'
and how they plan to
spend the country's money
From now on, politicians will be
CAMPAIGNING and canvassing -
this involves knocking on doors, debating with rivals and delivering speech after speech to try to convince adults across the UK to vote for them.
How do people know who to vote for?
Deciding on which party to vote for can be a very difficult decision for some people and requires careful consideration of their policies and promises.
As an example, let's have a look at some of their policies on education...
UK General Election 2015!
WHAT ARE THE PARTIES CALLED?
Conservatives (current Prime Minister)
was born in London
He used to work for a TV company in London. In 2010, he became the
youngest Prime Minister in nearly 200 years.
He has some royal blood - he's a direct descendant of King William IV
and he supports Aston Villa!
Leader of the
Main opposition to current governing party
He's 45 and was born in London
He used to teach at Harvard, an American University
As a kid, Ed could solve a Rubik's cube in 90 seconds!
current Deputy Prime Minister
and the leader of the
He's 48 and was born in Buckinghamshire
He went to Cambridge University. His favourite activities were tennis and acting.
He used to be a journalist for The Financial Times
He can speak five languages - English, French, Dutch, German and Spanish
And he likes music by Prince and David Bowie, and reckons he's rubbish at karaoke!
The leader of
UK Independence Party (UKIP)
. He's 51 and was born in Kent
He previously worked as a trader in the City of London for 20 years
In November 2014, Nigel was the
first ever elected MP in the House of Commons for UKIP
He loves cricket and has appeared on the famous BBC radio show Test Match Special.
Unusually for a leader of a major political party he did not go to university
leader of the
Green Party of
Wales. She's 49 and was born in Sydney, Australia.
She was a journalist. Natalie started on local newspapers in Australia, and then worked for British newspapers including The Guardian and The Times.
leader of the
Scottish National Party (SNP)
and the first female First Minister of Scotland. She's 44 and lives in Scotland
She was a lawyer before focusing on politics full-time
career highlight - t
he recent Scottish independence referendum
Lowlight - Scotland choosing to stay in the United Kingdom after
voters said no to independence
She became a member of the SNP at just 16!
She is 43 and born in Wales.
who want Wales to become an independent country
Leanne worked as a probation officer, a support worker and a tutor at Cardiff University before she was elected as a politician
Who gets to vote?
Almost all men and women over are
18 years and over.
However they have to make sure their name is on the
for their local area
And HOW do we vote?
The council each person a card just before an election. This is called a polling card. On election day, you go to the polling station (often a school, local hall or public building)
Our voting system is based on us being a
. Although In the mid-nineteenth century Britain was not a democracy and the majority of politicians did not support democratic values
Voting was not seen as a universal right but as a
privilege for the wealthiest class of society.
Before 1832 the right to vote depended on three things:
men over the age of 21
were allowed to vote.
In order to vote, an individual had to own property over a certain value.
Small rural boroughs were able to elect more MPs than much larger towns and counties.
Ordinary people, especially the poor and the working classes, had no voice in Parliament.
The French Revolution of 1789
inspired many groups within Britain to demand more freedom of choice in their country. The
ruling classes in Britain feared that a similar revolution could happen within Britain.
Lots of reforms since the 1830s which have lead to changes as to who is allowed to vote and how often.
were finally given the same rights as men to vote.
Since 1969, both males and females who have reached the age of 18 years have the right to vote and there is even some
debate today about whether this age should be lowered to 16 years
do not have have the same level of democracy
or even human rights as the UK, and the political systems in some countries can be very complex and often unstable.
In some countries the people who live there have
who runs the country and as a result of this, some countries experience organizations who wish to seize control through violence and war which can last decades.
Can you work out
What's assembly about?
Your challenge this week!
Speak to your parents about which party they will vote for and why
Look at each parties policies and see which you agree with and those you don't
Consider which party you would vote for if you could and discuss why with your friends