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The UK's main parties are gearing up for a general election on 12 December.

These national votes, to choose a government to run the country, are supposed to be held every five years.

But this would be the third since 2015.

What is an election for?

A total of 650 people will be chosen as members of Parliament (MPs), to decide laws and policies.

MPs are elected to the House of Commons, one of two chambers of Parliament in London, where the government is based.

What do voters care about more, the NHS or Brexit?

Detailed proposals for everything from the economy to defence and policing are set out before any general election in manifestos.

These come from the UK's political parties - groups of people with similar political beliefs who come together to try to win power.

The issues UK voters care most about have changed a lot, according to the polls.

The National Health Service (NHS) and immigration were the things that most concerned voters in 2015.

The European Union (EU) was of far less interest.

Now, however, Brexit - the UK's departure from the EU - is by far the biggest issue.

Why have an election now?

Nearly three-and-a-half years after the UK voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, it has not happened.

Politicians are divided: some want the UK to leave the EU as soon as possible, some would prefer another referendum, and others to cancel Brexit altogether.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson doesn't have enough MPs to easily pass new laws.

He hopes an early election will increase the number of Conservative MPs, making his Brexit plans easier to achieve.

The next general election was due to be in 2022, but Parliament has now agreed to hold an early election.

How does voting work?

In a general election, the UK's 46 million voters are invited to choose an MP for their area - one of 650 constituencies.

Anyone aged 18 or over can vote, as long as they are registered and a British citizen or qualifying citizen of the Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland.



Older people are more likely than younger ones to vote. At the 2017 general election, 59% of 20- to 24-year-olds voted, compared with 77% of 60- to 69-year-olds.

Voting takes place at local polling stations, set up in places such as churches and school halls. Voters put a cross on the ballot paper beside the name of their chosen candidate and drop it into a sealed ballot box.

How are the winners chosen?

The candidate with the most votes in each constituency is elected to the House of Commons.

To win, they simply need more votes than anyone they are standing against. They could receive fewer than half of the votes in their constituency.



Most MPs represent a political party but some stand for election as independent candidates.

Any party with more than half the MPs (326) in the Commons usually forms the government. Parties with well below 50% of the national vote can take power as a result of the UK's voting system.

If no party has a majority of MPs, the one with the most can form a coalition - or partnership - with one or more other parties to gain control.

The prime minister is not directly voted for by the public. He or she is chosen by the winning party's MPs and appointed by the Queen, who is duty bound to follow their advice.

What happened at the last election, in 2017?

Every election since 1922 has been won by either the Conservative or Labour parties.

They were again the two biggest parties in the 2017 vote but neither had enough MPs to form a majority government. The Conservatives were the biggest and they partnered with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in order to win votes in the Commons.

Since the election, the Conservatives and Labour have both lost MPs, while the Liberal Democrats have made gains.



Parliament's second chamber is the House of Lords.

Its members are not elected but are appointed by the Queen, on the prime minister's advice.

Who can stand for Parliament?

Most people over 18 on polling day can stand as a candidate - as long as they are a British citizen or a qualifying Commonwealth or Republic of Ireland citizen resident in the UK.

They must also pay a 500 deposit, which will be lost if they do not get at least 5% of the votes in their constituency.

Candidates must meet certain conditions - prisoners, civil servants, judges and members of the police and armed forces cannot stand.

When do we find out the result?

On general election day, voting takes place between 07:00 and 22:00. The results are declared through the night and the following day.

When the overall result is known, the leader of the winning party, if there is one, visits Buckingham Palace to ask the Queen for permission to form a new government.

Once they have that, which is a formality, they return to the traditional home of the prime minister 10 Downing Street.

Often they will stand outside to deliver a speech about their party's plans for the coming years.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49826655


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Brexit: Where do the parties stand?

The government's Brexit legislation is on hold as the UK heads towards a general election.

But where do the parties stand on Brexit?


Conservatives - Led by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the UK to leave the European Union (EU) with the revised deal he agreed.

He previously said the UK would leave on 31 October "do or die".

However, Mr Johnson was forced to write a Brexit extension letter to the EU, after MPs failed to approve a revised deal.

Mr Johnson secured changes to the deal previously negotiated by Theresa May. It includes scrapping the controversial Irish backstop and replacing it with a new customs arrangement.

Brexit left the Conservative Party heavily divided, with 21 MPs expelled recently for failing to follow the government's line on Brexit. Ten have since been welcomed back.


Labour - Led by Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn

If it wins the election, Labour wants to renegotiate Mr Johnson's Brexit deal and put it to another public vote. It says it will achieve this within six months.

Labour says its referendum would be a choice between a "credible" Leave option versus Remain.

Under its Leave option, Labour says it will negotiate for the UK to remain in an EU customs union, and retain a "close" single market relationship.

This would allow the UK to continue trading with the EU without checks, but it would prevent it from striking its own trade deals with other countries.

If a referendum was held, Mr Corbyn has not said which way he would vote, although he has pledged "to carry out whatever the people decide".

Other senior figures, including shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, have said they favour remaining in the EU.

Just like the Conservatives, Labour has had to deal with internal divisions over its Brexit policy. More than 25 Labour MPs wrote to Mr Corbyn in June, saying another public vote would be "toxic to our bedrock Labour voters".


Scottish National Party - Led by Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
The SNP is pro-Remain and wants the UK to stay a member of the EU.

It has been campaigning for another referendum on Brexit.

The SNP's ultimate objective is for an independent Scotland that is a full member of the EU.


Liberal Democrats - Led by Jo Swinson MP

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to cancel Brexit if they win power at the general election.

The policy was endorsed in September by party members at the Lib Dem party conference.

If the Lib Dems do not win a majority they would support another referendum.


Democratic Unionist Party - Led by Arlene Foster

The DUP had an agreement with the Conservatives whereby it lent it support in the Commons.

However, while the DUP wants the UK to leave the EU, it is unhappy with the revised deal negotiated by Mr Johnson.

It's worried that the union between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK could be threatened, because Northern Ireland would have to stick to some EU rules and there would be checks on goods coming from Great Britain.

The DUP wanted to be given a veto, so that it had the option to reject the new customs arrangement in the future.


The Independent Group for Change - Led by Anna Soubry MP
This party is made up of MPs who left the Conservatives and Labour, in part because of their positions on Brexit.

They back another referendum, or "People's Vote", and want the UK to remain in the EU.


Plaid Cymru - Led by Adam Price AM
The party backs remaining in the EU, despite Wales voting "out" in the referendum. It wants a further referendum and to Remain.


Green Party - Co-led by Jonathan Bartley and Sian Berry
The party's one MP, Caroline Lucas, has been a vocal campaigner for another referendum, and believes the UK should stay in the EU.


Brexit Party - Led by Nigel Farage MEP
The Brexit Party wants the UK to leave the EU without a deal, in what it calls a "clean-break Brexit".

It says Mr Johnson's revised Brexit plan is a bad deal because it would still involve paying the EU a 39bn settlement.

The Brexit Party says it would be willing to form an electoral pact with the Conservatives to try to avoid splitting the leave vote.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48027580

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brexit party is really a waste of time, I mean just imagine on some realm of possibility that they get enough seats to form a government, what are their policies going to be besides getting out of europe? once that hurdle has been settled, their purpose will cease to exist. They arnt a real party.

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Honestly wouldn't be surprised if this ended in a hung Parliament. You know, just to further show how utterly incompetent we are at politics as a nation right now.

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brexit party is really a waste of time, I mean just imagine on some realm of possibility that they get enough seats to form a government, what are their policies going to be besides getting out of europe? once that hurdle has been settled, their purpose will cease to exist. They arnt a real party.
If they did I imagine it'll probably be the same sort of stuff as the UKIP manifestos between 2010 and 2017 tbh like strict US/Australian style immigration, PR voting, abolish tuition fees for STEMM subjects, smoking rooms in pubs and fight against minimum alcohol pricing, English Parliament/federal UK constitution stuff etc:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32318683
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-40042669

Most folk in the Brexit Party already came from UKIP like Farage, Paul Nuttall, Diane James etc. It'll be interesting to see if they bring out one or just do what they did in the Euro elections and just brexit 24/7.
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Would be 100% voting green but the conservatives need to go. Debating between labour and green atm
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As an non- UK resident, hopefully it isnt as big a mess as Brexit is
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A UK cabinet minister has resigned over claims he knew about a former aide's role in the "sabotage" of a rape trial.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns denied knowing a Tory Welsh assembly candidate had made claims about a woman's sexual history in a rape trial in April 2018, causing the case to collapse.

BBC Wales found he was sent an email about the case over a year ago - he said he only heard about it last week.

Mr Cairns, who still intends to stand as a Tory MP, denies any wrongdoing.

His former aide, Ross England, was chosen as the Vale of Glamorgan candidate for the 2021 Welsh assembly election in December 2018 - four months after the email about him was sent to Mr Cairns.

At the time of his selection to stand as an AM, Mr Cairns endorsed Mr England as a "friend and colleague" with whom "it will be a pleasure to campaign".
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-50302173

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A Conservative candidate has apologised for defending Jacob Rees-Mogg's comments that it would have been "common sense" to flee the Grenfell Tower fire.

Andrew Bridgen said Mr Rees-Mogg would have made a "better decision" than authority figures who gave people advice on the night of the fire.

He has now apologised "unreservedly" for his choice of words.

The Conservative Party chairman said both were "wrong" in what they said.

James Cleverly said Mr Rees-Mogg and Mr Bridgen had realised they caused "distress and hurt" to those affected by the tower block fire which killed 72 people in June 2017.

Mr Rees-Mogg made his remarks during an LBC radio phone-in on Monday.

The Leader of the House of Commons was speaking on the findings of a Grenfell inquiry report when he said: "The more one's read over the weekend about the report and about the chances of people surviving, if you just ignore what you're told and leave you are so much safer.

"And I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. It just seems the common sense thing to do."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-50314112


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Honestly wouldn't be surprised if this ended in a hung Parliament. You know, just to further show how utterly incompetent we are at politics as a nation right now.


Even Kay Burley and Sky News have lost faith in the Tories

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Would be 100% voting green but the conservatives need to go. Debating between labour and green atm
What seat do you live in mate? I'd defo look at results from previous years and polling in your constituency if there's any and then decide to either vote with your heart or tactically.
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A UK cabinet minister has resigned over claims he knew about a former aide's role in the "sabotage" of a rape trial.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns denied knowing a Tory Welsh assembly candidate had made claims about a woman's sexual history in a rape trial in April 2018, causing the case to collapse.

BBC Wales found he was sent an email about the case over a year ago - he said he only heard about it last week.

Mr Cairns, who still intends to stand as a Tory MP, denies any wrongdoing.

His former aide, Ross England, was chosen as the Vale of Glamorgan candidate for the 2021 Welsh assembly election in December 2018 - four months after the email about him was sent to Mr Cairns.

At the time of his selection to stand as an AM, Mr Cairns endorsed Mr England as a "friend and colleague" with whom "it will be a pleasure to campaign".
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-50302173

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A Conservative candidate has apologised for defending Jacob Rees-Mogg's comments that it would have been "common sense" to flee the Grenfell Tower fire.

Andrew Bridgen said Mr Rees-Mogg would have made a "better decision" than authority figures who gave people advice on the night of the fire.

He has now apologised "unreservedly" for his choice of words.

The Conservative Party chairman said both were "wrong" in what they said.

James Cleverly said Mr Rees-Mogg and Mr Bridgen had realised they caused "distress and hurt" to those affected by the tower block fire which killed 72 people in June 2017.

Mr Rees-Mogg made his remarks during an LBC radio phone-in on Monday.

The Leader of the House of Commons was speaking on the findings of a Grenfell inquiry report when he said: "The more one's read over the weekend about the report and about the chances of people surviving, if you just ignore what you're told and leave you are so much safer.

"And I think if either of us were in a fire, whatever the fire brigade said, we would leave the burning building. It just seems the common sense thing to do."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-50314112


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Honestly wouldn't be surprised if this ended in a hung Parliament. You know, just to further show how utterly incompetent we are at politics as a nation right now.


Even Kay Burley and Sky News have lost faith in the Tories <img src="http://i.imgur.com/EGDmCdR.gif?1?6573" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />

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Would be 100% voting green but the conservatives need to go. Debating between labour and green atm
What seat do you live in mate? I'd defo look at results from previous years and polling in your constituency if there's any and then decide to either vote with your heart or tactically.
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It's actually really depressing that the parties with the better policies are the ones that have no chance of getting elected. Fuck the Tories and fuck Corbyn. And we thought Hillary vs Trump was a no win choice?

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Can't lie, I love a General election!

If only there was someone worth voting for...

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