Your simple guide to voting

The next General Election will take place on Thursday 12 December

The next general election is on the horizon. In a general election, the UK's 46 million voters are invited to choose an MP for their area. You can vote between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 12 December. 

Here’s our simple guide on the details of each of the parties, what they stand for and hopefully reading through this will help guide your decision. After all, you are the future of our country and these decision affect you most!

Firstly, let’s cover the basics. To vote in the UK, you must be:

  •       Aged 18 or over,
  •       A UK or Irish citizen
  •       A qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK
  •       An EU citizen living in the UK

But I’m under 18, what about my vote? Sadly, you cannot cast your vote just yet but you can however, register to vote at age 16. When you turn 18, and there is an upcoming election, you’ll be sent details in the post on how to cast your vote.

How do I register to vote?

You can register online here: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote You’ll need your National Insurance number. Registration usually closes two weeks before polling day.

Did you know that even if you choose not to vote, just being on the electoral register can improve your credit rating score? 

So, you’re 18 and you want to vote but you’re not sure who for?

The parties: 

Conservatives (also known as the Tories)

The party that are currently ruling the UK. Their slogan being: “Get Brexit Done” and they aim to unleash Britain’s potential. Their vision for Britain is to get Brexit done so that they can invest in our NHS, schools and the police. They claim that it will give businesses and families the economic certainty they need to plan for the future with confidence.  

Their main aims:

  •       Strengthening our NHS
  •       A strong economy
  •       Investing in schools
  •       Safer streets 

The face of the party: Boris Johnson

Labour 

“For the many, not the few.” The Labour party has always been about people and was formed to give ordinary people a voice. It has a vision for the country that works for the many, not just the privileged few and they plan for a better, fairer Britain. They aim for people to lead richer lives, a more equal society, safer communities and a fair deal at work.

Labours main aims are:

  •       Rebuilding Britain
  •       Give workers a £10 National Living Wage
  •       Keep the ban on fox hunting
  •       A green industrial revolution
  •       Ban fracking
  •       Votes at 16
  •       Fix the Housing Crisis
  •       Gender equality

The face of the party: Jeremy Corbyn

Green Party

“Climate justice for the people.” The Green Party set out to end the system that keeps hurting the environment and to build a better alternative. Their aim is to reach zero carbon emissions by 2030. 

Green Party main aims:

  •       Save the environment 
  •       Green our land
  •       Protect animal life
  •       Challenge privilege 
  •       End discrimination
  •       Champion international friendships
  •       Liberate our working lives
  •       Unleash our creative power
  •       Embed collective kindness in our society 
  •       Deliver quality of life for all 

The face of the party: Caroline Lucas

Liberal Democrats (also known as the Lib Dems)

“Plan for Britain’s future.” The Liberal Democrats have a variety of different aims. They want to stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality. They aim to tackle the climate emergency by generating 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulating all low-income homes by 2025. They claim they would recruit 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools so that every child has the best start in life. Lib Dems want to build a fairer economy by providing free childcare from 9 months and every adult will receive £10,000 to spend on skills and training throughout their lives. Another of their aims is to transform our mental health services by treating mental health with the same urgency as physical health.

Lib Dems main aims:

  •       Stop Brexit
  •       Tackle the climate emergency
  •       Give every child the best start in life
  •       Build a fairer economy
  •       Transform our mental health services

The face of the party: Jo Swinson