Parliament Week runs from the 14th- 20th November this year and here at TSR we have partnered up with the Parliament Week team to help connect our users with parliamentary democracy in the UK.
To see what happened last year, check out the round-up video for 2013 here.
To celebrate this event, TSR have looked at who the community would currently vote for... see below for the results so far!
To vote in our General Election poll post here!
Still not sure whether to vote or not?
Do Democracy is a national campaign running throughout Parliament Week to find out the burning issues that young people like you really care about.
In this spirit, our very own Model House of Commons parties have written about why you should vote. Take a look at what they had to say…
TSR Socialist Party
It's a right. A right that was hard fought for and which some people in the world could only dream of having. Of course, as is the case with rights, you can choose whether or not to exercise them.
In which case a better question to ask is "Why wouldn't you vote?". Common responses to this question are "there's no party that represents me", "they're all as bad as each other", "my vote won't make a difference" etc. And sure, our democratic system stinks. We elect with a ridiculous FPTP system that inevitably leads to a two party state but that doesn't justify non-participation.
On the contrary, if the system stinks then we have more reason than ever to be active in politics. Being active requires you to tick a box once every 5 years; is that really too much to ask?
So come next May, set 10 minutes of your day aside to tick a box. If you can't bring yourself to grace any party with your cherished vote, then spoil the ballot. Imagine the headlines: "20 million spoilt ballots, status quo rejected!"
But herein lies the problem; young people aren’t being heard. Our interests are far too often pushed to one side while those of others are prioritised – we are punished with a discriminatory welfare system, cuts to youth services and the trebling of tuition fees while the elderly continue to escape the full impact of austerity.
The fact is young people are being ignored because too often, we don’t vote. Over 50% of us don’t have our voices represented in Parliament, so the issues young people think are important just aren’t being talked about.
So, what can we do? Make a difference, get involved and vote! Don’t just be opinionated, get informed! Politics and Government are tools you can use to reform, to improve and to change lives for the better; it’s about time we used them to our advantage.
Governments follow the peoples’ voice. The people can only make their voice heard through voting. Voting is telling elected lawmakers how we feel about policies from education to healthcare. Many young people have the mind-set believing their vote does not matter but we see elections decided by a handful of votes. We see large parts of the population feeling left behind claiming their vote does not matter. Evident today are parties only wooing their voters living in key constituencies, potentially changing general election results. When large numbers of ‘left-behind’ people clump together, real chance can be seen with new political parties sending representatives to Parliament. The change comes from a person’s initiative to vote. Their vote does matter!
When a party is elected, non-voters have no grounds to complain. They could argue they did not vote for the party, but not voting for a party does not necessarily equal not supporting the party. The reverse is true, but the only way to express our lack of support is to spoil our ballots.
To vote in our General Election poll post here.
To check out the discussions around Parliament Week check out our hub here!
To talk about your key issues for Parliament Week, join the discussion here.