In 2018 the British government pledged to ban conversion therapy across the nation. However, now in 2022 the situation surrounding the practice has become a more difficult to understand. The latest on conversion therapy in the UK. Credit: Luke Severn Legislative timeline: 2018 Theresa May's government pledge that it would completely ban all conversion therapy practices in the UK as part of its LGBT equality plan. Many charities and activists were happy to see that the government had recognised the situation and were making plans to change it. 2020 In the summer of 2020, now under Boris Johnson's government, it was stated that plans were due to be brought forward to get start outlining legislation to ban conversion therapy. 2021 In March of 2021, three governme...
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Assisted dying is currently illegal in the UK. It is being debated in Parliament and about to the enter the committee stage. The right to end your own life has always caused controversy, and this bill could see the UK follow other countries by legalising euthanasia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFOBkAlpAYo Credit: Politics.co.uk, Youtube The bill would enable terminally ill adults to end their own life with those providing assistance avoiding prosecution. This legislation could be seen as a solution to the issues surrounding palliative care, something that many feel is lacking. However, when people are in so much pain, should they have autonomy over their own lives and when to die? Polls taken on the issue of assisted dying consistently demonstrate that the majority of the pu...
Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review was accused of undermining Boris Johnson’s vision for a green economy by focusing its budget on improving roads. Sunak announced that he was pushing ahead with a £27 billion roads programme but did not offer an increase on the £12 billion that was mobilised to tackle climate change. While the UK chancellor said he was “pursuing the nation’s priorities” with his road-building plans to ease traffic congestion and improve commute times, some environmentalists fear it will attract more traffic and increase emissions. Marcin Branowski, 21, president of pro-market environmentalism not-for-profit, British Conservation Alliance (BCA) told Westminster World he believed the level of spending allocated to roadworks cannot be justified. He said
After a historic landslide win, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated his Brexit promise and stated that Britain will retain control of their trade, money and borders. There is minimal doubt that the British PM will face any obstacle to pave a way for Britain’s exit after securing a majority in the elections. Credit: Sera Mathews Following a crushing election victory on Friday, Mr Johnson assured his Conservative backers that the UK would exit the European Union by the end of January 2020. The win was a “powerful new mandate to get Brexit done” Mr Johnson said at his victor’s speech on Friday. Deputy director general of the CBI, Josh Hardie, embraced the hope of an end to the three-year issue because “a government with a mandate and a strong majority brings a bit more c
A group of doctors in scrubs (Image from Unsplash) How will the National Health Service be affected, now that the Tories are in power? In the early hours of Friday 13 December, it was announced that the electorate had voted for a majority Conservative Government. With 365 seats, the Conservative party had well surpassed the 326 seat target needed to hold a majority government. This result has many people speculating about what this will mean for the UK’s National Health Service. In his Prime Minister’s victory speech on 13 December, Johnson stated: “I’ve heard it loud and clear from every corner of the country that the overwhelming priority of the British people now, is that we should focus above all on the NHS, that simple and beautiful idea that repre
Westminster students are divided and “confused” but believe their chosen parties will stick to their Brexit pledges. Brexit legislation is on hold while the UK votes in this year’s general election. The Conservative party, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership, wants to leave the European Union (EU) with its most recent revised deal. Mr Johnson has been pushing to “get Brexit done” and has previously promised to leave the union, on 31 October 2019 as “do or die”. Government’s attempt to get a new deal through Parliament, was frustrated after members of parliament failed to approve the deal, thus forcing the Prime Minister to ask for an extension of the deadline to the EU. Divisions over Brexit has remained high in the Conservative party, even after Mr Johnson managed to se
University College London Hospital| Photograph by Elza Lopes Party leaders failed to address key NHS’ issues in health and social care on their election campaigns. UK’s main parties have made numerous promises to pour into the NHS funding and extra staff, however, concerns grow as “no credible answers” have been offered to deal with issues affecting the healthcare system, Chris Hopson, Chief NHS provider said. All main parties have made pledges on their manifestos to increase expenditure in the healthcare system, with emphasis on increasing NHS funding and workforce. The Conservatives have promised 50,000 staff nurses and 50 million GPs surgery appointments. In contrast to Labour which promised 24,000 more nurses, its manifesto top priorities also feature, reducing patients' charges,
Insight into whether or not London students will be tactically voting in the upcoming general election.With the election only three days away, politicians are scrambling to swing the undecided votes in their direction. Labour party member and Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, John McDonnell took part in a Q&A this morning, stating that this election is “about saving the NHS”; whilst current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is visiting four Labour seats to project his trademark "Get Brexit Done" message.Despite the promising efforts from both parties, it seems that some younger individuals are choosing to vote against the Conservatives, rather than for Labour. This is called tactical voting and it’s the selection of a candidate that has a likely chance of unseating another, instead of wh
The London Bridge attack further divided the nation in regards to their political views only days before the election. Londoners said the government isn't effective in their actions against terrorism. On Saturday 29 November, Usman Khan, 28, carried out a knife attack that injured three people and led to the tragic deaths of Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23. For a moment, the public conversation centred on messages of sadness and support for those affected by the tragic event. However, it wasn’t long before the conversation shifted from warm words to political arguments and point scoring. For who could forget, there’s a general election in three days! With Andrew Marr on the BBC, Boris Johnson talked tough on crime and pledged: “to take steps to make sure that people
Finland’s transport minister, Sanna Marin, 34, has been selected to lead the Social Democratic party, making her the country’s youngest prime minister ever when she takes office in the coming days. She is also Finland’s third female government leader. Finland’s coalition government will be composed of five parties all led by women – four under the age of 35, for the first time. Finland’s government is now led by these five party leaders. #newgeneration pic.twitter.com/vis0qB9tO8 — Tuomas Niskakangas (@TNiskakangas) December 8, 2019 Sanna Marin has been chosen by her party after outgoing leader Antti Rinne, who stepped down as prime minister last week after he lost the support of key coalition partner the Centre Party, who cited a lack of trust. Mr Rinne became Finlan