France votes in final round of parliamentary elections

June 18, 2017

(CNN)Polls have opened Sunday for France’s legislative elections and President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party is projected to win a huge majority in Parliament. Macron’s party, founded just a year ago, won on the first-round of elections on June 11 with less than half of eligible voters going to the polls. Nonetheless, it represented a remarkable achievement for Macron, who won the French presidency last month without the support of a traditional mainstream …


Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… democratically-elected chamber and a government needs to have at least 326 MPs (which is just more than half the total number) in order to pass its legislation. To create a government like the one in Switzerland the UK would have to completely restructure its political systems. Even it it was acceptable to voters it would take years to put in place. Why don’t we have a written constitution? Although people refer to the “constitution”, in the UK it does not exist in the …


REPORT: Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Russia Probe Attacks

… focus on issues that pump up his base voters. Trump has scheduled a political rally for next week in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The White House said other similar events are in the planning stages. What we really want to be able to do is tend to our business, Mike Rounds, a Republican Senator from South Dakota, told Reuters. Weve got a healthcare bill were working on. Weve got tax reform that we think is important. He talks when he shouldnt, he said. (Reporting by Jeff Mason, Richard Cowan and …

May 27, 2017

Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

… certainly little enthusiasm for Mrs May’s brand of Conservatism in the town’s Steel Club, although the lifelong Labour voters I spoke to were equally scathing about their traditional party of choice. Image caption Clive Hinson says the North East has ‘forgiven but not forgotten’ Thatcher Clive Hinson, a 59-year-old assembly line worker who was about to tuck into one of Mr Blackham’s full English breakfasts, blames Thatcher for the closure of the dump truck …

May 21, 2017

General election 2017: The mystery of the three million ‘extra’ voters – BBC News

Their gender, age and socio-economic background are all a complete mystery. So too is how they voted. There was a clutch of on-the-day polls among people who had turned-out. But none of these questionnaires was designed to record the unexpected arrival of a great host of additional voters. Image copyright Reuters Image caption It is not known whether or not the extra voters helped the Leave campaign There is no guarantee that they will, given their opting out of the previous general …

May 17, 2017