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How laws are made. How (most) laws are made Most new laws passed by Parliament result from proposals made by the government.Proposals aim to shape society or address particular problems.Normally, they are created over a period of time.

How laws are made

An issue or problem emerges on the government's agenda. What are the different voting systems? - About my vote. The voting system The Additional Member System (a combination of first-past-the-post and closed list proportional representation).

What are the different voting systems? - About my vote

How often? Currently every four years (those elected on the 5 May 2016 will serve 5 years). Who am I voting for? Accord Coalition - Wikipedia. The Accord Coalition is a British cross religion and belief and cross Party campaign coalition, launched in 2008,[1][2] which seeks to ensure all state funded schools are made open and suitable for all, regardless of staff, children or their family's religious or non-religious beliefs.[3] The group seeks to prevent religious discrimination and segregation in the school system, and campaigns for schools to provide Religious Education and assemblies that boost the growth of mutual understanding between those of different beliefs, so helping integration and cohesion in society.[4] Accord maintains a databank of information,[5] which brings together and summarises research about the current policy implications of state funded faith schools and their practices.

Accord Coalition - Wikipedia

It runs an annual award[6] to celebrate those schools that do most to promote mutual understanding and improve community cohesion. Aims and objectives[edit] Accord has four key campaign objectives: Members and supporters[edit] Faith school - Wikipedia. A faith school is a school in the United Kingdom that teaches a general curriculum but which has a particular religious character or formal links with a religious organisation.

Faith school - Wikipedia

The term is most commonly applied to state-funded faith schools, although many independent schools also have religious characteristics. Faith schools may give priority to applicants who are of the faith, and specific exemptions from Section 85 of the Equality Act 2010 enable them to do that.[1][2] However, state-funded faith schools must admit other applicants if they cannot fill all of their places and must ensure that their admission arrangements comply with the School Admissions Code.[1][3] Note that legislation varies between the countries of the United Kingdom since education is a devolved matter.

England and Wales[edit] Election 2015: Does every vote matter in a parliament of so many safe seats? The oft-heard cry of "every vote matters" is as prevalent at this general election as it has ever been.

Election 2015: Does every vote matter in a parliament of so many safe seats?

Yet the Electoral Reform Society says it has already predicted the outcome of 368 safe seats - over half of parliament. So is the old adage true? In 1835, King William IV occupied the throne and Sir Robert Peel, the founder of the police, was prime minister. It is also the date from which the Electoral Reform Society considers North Shropshire to have been a Tory seat. Has your constituency already been won in the 2015 general election? Find out here. The Society calculates that from a population of over 60 million people, 25.7 million of us live in safe seats.

Has your constituency already been won in the 2015 general election? Find out here

Its chief executive Katie Ghose claims that the average constituency hasn't changed hands since the 1960s - and that some have been controlled by one party since the reign of Queen Victoria. The safe seats include well-heeled Witney (David Cameron), hard-working Doncaster North (Ed Miliband), and the SNP stronghold of Perth and North Perthshire. An example of a marginal seat would be South Thanet, where both main parties are ploughing their resources to prevent Nigel Farage from winning it for Ukip. Election 2015: What difference would proportional representation have made? Image copyright Getty/EPA/PA "The time has come for real, genuine, radical political reform," Nigel Farage said after losing his bid to take Thanet South from the Conservatives.

Election 2015: What difference would proportional representation have made?

The UKIP leader had increased his party's share of the vote in the seat by 27%, and nationally UKIP's vote share was up by 10 percentage points to a total of 3.9 million. Still, the party won just one constituency under the UK's first-past-the-post voting system. Election 2015: What difference would proportional representation have made? No, Britain does not want proportional representation. OK, the electoral reformers have had their fun.

No, Britain does not want proportional representation

But enough is enough. It’s time to stage an intervention. ELECTIONS AND ELECTORAL SYSTEMS: POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IN BRITAIN. The introduction of a system based on proportional representation would, arguably, result in a fairer outcome of elections; but it would also have significant political consequences.


Multi-party Parliaments > most of the smaller parties now in Parliament (the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish and Welsh nationalists) are likely to gain increased representation > parties who are not currently in Parliament (for example, the Greens) may gain some seats > factions within the major parties may break away to secure their own representation. Comparing Voting Systems - whiteboard resource. Resources quick links Description This resource includes a quick-comparison tool for a range of voting systems, short videos looking at EU and US elections, succinct explanations of key terms and system features and downloadable worksheets for students.

Comparing Voting Systems - whiteboard resource

Three levels of difficulty allow you to tailor the activities to suit your students. Time required: 30 minutes. Electoral Commission. In New Zealand, we vote using the MMP voting system - Mixed Member Proportional. Its defining characteristics are a mix of MPs from single-member electorates and those elected from a party list, and a Parliament in which a party's share of the seats roughly mirrors its share of the overall nationwide party vote. MMP is the system we currently use to elect our Parliament. It is a proportional system, which means that the proportion of votes a party gets will largely reflect the number of seats it has in parliament. Each voter gets two votes. General elections. A general election is an opportunity for people in every part of the UK to choose their MP - the person who will represent their local area (constituency) in the House of Commons for up to five years. There is normally a choice of several candidates in each constituency, some of which are the local candidates for national political parties.

People can only vote for one of the candidates and the candidate that receives most votes becomes their MP. General elections. Candidates across the country compete for a seat in the House of Commons. Political parties compete for a chance to run the country. General elections in the UK Elections give people a chance to make decisions about how their country is run. Holding free and fair elections is the most important ingredient in making any country a democracy. In the UK, general elections take place in May once every five years, unless Parliament votes to hold an election sooner. British political system.

Back to home page click here Contents To understand fully any country's political system, one needs to understand something of its history. This is especially true of the United Kingdom because its history has been very different from most other nations and, as a result, its political system is very different from most other nations too. Like its (unwritten) constitution, the British state evolved over time. We probably need to start in 1066 when William the Conqueror from Normandy invaded what we now call England, defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold and established a Norman dynasty.