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General Election 2019

The Government has called a General Election on Thursday 12 December 2019, giving all eligible UK voters the chance to choose new Members of Parliament. This election is about more than Brexit. Whatever your views on; international students’ rights, the NHS, university funding, spending on foreign aid, the living wage, funding for mental health services or housing, make sure you vote and have your say. With over 350,000 students in London, your voice, your issues and your opinions are hugely important.

How will the policies of the main political parties affect students?

For the third time in four years, general election season is upon us, and with that comes the usual round of manifesto releases to lay out what each political party would do in government with a fair bit of vote-grabbing pledges thrown in for good measure.

But how do these manifestos affect students? This is a party by party guide on what the five main political parties in England are saying about Higher Education:

All you need to know about the General Election

There’s a General Election taking place on 12 December 2019. Postal votes will be taking place before this date but on 12 December we’ll be heading to the ballot boxes to vote for a new government to lead the UK (or keep the old one). 

This election is especially important because it will shape the kind of Brexit we have. As of now, pretty much all cards are on the table; the PM’s current proposed deal, no-deal, another extension, or perhaps a second referendum are all possibilities depending on the results of this election.  

A few words on the London Student Assembly

Written by Toby Payne, third-year BA History

On Friday evening societies, campaign groups, political representatives and students from filled into the large Logan Hall at UCL for the London Student Assembly, organised by the Student’s Union.  

Two issues, of course, were on everyone’s lips, the December election and then more broadly, Brexit. I started by speaking to several single-issue pressure groups, and student political societies, all enthusiastically sharing their opinions.