june voting

independent.co.uk
Labour 57 points ahead of the Conservatives among young people
Labour’s lead among voters under 50 is growing, marking an increasing generational divide ahead of June's election, according to a poll by YouGov. The party is 57 points ahead of the Conservatives among voters under 25 years old, according to the poll, compared to 28 points shortly after the snap vote was called in April.

Young people…and that includes everyone under 50…please get out and vote on June 8th. Your vote can and will make a difference. The Tories are banking on you staying at home. Show them that they can’t count on your apathy.

I don’t even know. I was taking a walk today and this idea popped into my head. I swear I’m still writing the bookstore AU, too. Also, *pops confetti*, I hit 2k followers today! Who ARE all you guys? Anyway, this fluff/ridiculousness is for you. ~1.6k words, rated G. Sterek, of course.

now also on AO3

The whole thing starts with Stiles really, really craving a meatball sub from the place across the street.

“God, someone shut him up,” Erica groans. They’re all kind of at their breaking point by now; they’ve been camped out in this meeting room all day, brainstorming. “He’s been talking about the same goddamn sandwich for seven and a half minutes now, and it’s making me hungry.”

“If only our ad campaign were about sandwiches, Stilinski would have it in the bag and we could all go home,” Isaac sighs.

From across the table, Derek rises abruptly to his feet and storms out. (Or maybe it’s just that Stiles always interprets everything Derek does as stormy. With those eyebrows, it’s hard not to.)

Stiles assumes he’s just gotten so fed up with them all that it’s either storm out or kill someone, and he’s just grateful Derek chose Door Number 1. It’s a good day not to get killed by Derek Hale.

Only, fifteen minutes later he comes back in. With a paper bag from the deli.

As soon as he gets within grabbing distance, Stiles practically collapses across the table in his haste to reach for it. “Oh my god, is that what I think it is?”

Derek holds it up over his head. “Who says this is for you? Maybe all your talk inspired me to go get a meatball sub of my own.”

“Oh, please. Like anyone with your abs eats meatball subs.” Stiles leaps to his feet on his swivel chair—because screw safety, Derek will catch him if he starts to topple over—and snatches the bag out of Derek’s grip. Derek doesn’t fight him for it very hard.

“Why don’t I get a meatball sub?” Erica whines, thumping her head down on her notebook. “Doesn’t anyone love me?”

Derek shrugs and takes his seat again. “You didn’t ask.”

“You just like Stilinski better,” she grumbles, and Derek just shrugs again.

Meanwhile, Stiles rips into the bag and takes a huge bite out of the gloriousness that is this sandwich. He can’t help throwing in a few theatrical moans just to taunt Erica, and she suitably rewards him with a glare of death across the table.

“Mmm,” Stiles says. “Derek, I love you so much, dude. Marry me.”

Instead of the grumpy eyebrows he expects, Derek meets his eye, leans back smugly in his chair, and says, “Okay.”

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A timeline.

2014.  Scotland votes against independence.  Scotland potentially losing EU membership a key plank of the ‘No’ campaign.

2015.  Scotland votes in 56 out of a potential 59 SNP MPs to Westminster in a first past the post voting system (50% vote share).  Tory party gets a majority due to English seats with a 37% vote share.  They will implement a referendum on EU membership as stated in their manifesto.

2016 (May).  The SNP win 46.5% of the constituency vote giving them 59 seats (First past the post) and 41.7% of the regional vote giving them an extra 4 seats (D’Hondt method). This makes them a minority government, however with the Scottish Green Party there is a pro-independence majority. 

(Important note:  In the SNP manifesto it stated that if the Scotland votes to stay in the EU but, as a whole, the UK votes to leave this will be ground for the SNP calling a 2nd independence referendum.)

Pre-EU ref 2016.  SNP try to get David Cameron, Prime Minister at the time, to agree that the UK will only leave the EU if all four constituent nations vote to leave.  This is dismissed.  It is a point in the campaign that a vote to Leave the EU might jeopardize the UK & lead to renewed calls for a Scottish independence referendum.

2016 (June).  England and Wales vote to leave the EU.  Scotland and Northern Ireland vote to remain.  The Leave vote wins.

Post-EU ref 2016.  David Cameron resigns, Theresa May takes over as Prime Minister.  The SNP try to work out a situation where it can remain in the EU but England & Wales leaves.  This is dismissed.  The Tory party begin to make it seem like a ‘hard Brexit’ will occur.  The SNP suggests Scotland staying in the single-market so it can retain the free movement of people.  This is dismissed.  Westminster does not work with any of the devolved parliaments, leaving them in the dark about Brexit plans.  The Tory party begins to make noises about their being no post-EU deal at all. 

2017.  Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, after seeing that there is no way Scotland can remain in the EU and potentially even the single market begins to implement a part of the manifesto in which her government were elected in on.

The Tory government:

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Dear the voting population of the UK

This general election is so important, not just for the next 5 years of power but for the next 50. It is not just a case of who we let take us out of the EU, but making sure that our rights (both human and working) are protected, as well as safeguarding the NHS, education system and environmental policies. 

And even though Brexit is at the forefront of our immediate minds and future we have to think past it and see the bigger picture. We have to decide what we want our country to look like in a generation to come - do we want it to be isolated and broken through the continuation of Conservative selfishness or do we want a country that cares for its young people and makes steps towards a better and more equal future? 

If you, like me, don’t want a Britain torn apart for good I beg you, please make sure you register to vote and go out to vote on June 8th! Don’t waste your vote and please vote for a party other than the Tories. I think that our best chance at stopping May from seriously damaging this country is a united left of all strands- Labour, SNP, Lib Dem and Green. There may be lots of things we don’t agree on but I think we can all agree that we have to make sure Britain stays on the right side of history and I believe that is one that protects the things that really does make our country great - The NHS, education, housing, welfare and inclusivity. 

Article 50 has already been triggered- there isn’t any going back, whether you were for it or not, so now it is our job to make sure that the Conservatives don’t make it a worse situation, where the only people who come out on top are them and the bankers. We have to stand up and fight for young people, the working class, and other minorities. We have to protect the future for them and this country. 

I know we’re all tired and it seems hopeless with so much negativity in the world, but now is our chance! Now is our chance to change something, to take back power and see real positive change! Campaign if you can, talk to your friends and family about what you want from this election, do some research into your local candidates and parties. Even if you decide you don’t want to vote for a leading party in your area, spoil your ballot- I promise it will send a stronger message than not just voting! But I will say again, our best chance is a united left, so please take a moment to think and vote wisely! 

And again, PLEASE GO VOTE ON JUNE 8th !!!! A massive issue we face is a low turnout and we need to make sure we are ready to fight this battle. 

Even if you are not in the UK at the moment or are unable to vote, please reblog this post to spread the message and encourage others. This general election is so important. 

I’m going to be so lost when dwts is finally over and I won’t be able to see Normani slaying on a consistent basis

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Voting for the “You Decide! Halloween Costume Contest” is open in-game! Here is all the outfits submitted by the artists, 1 - 9. 

The winning set will become Aqours next halloween card set!

You can vote once for your favorite design out of the nine finalists between May 29  and June 10th. The results will be announced June 11.

Manchester Arena bombing: Everything we know about the suicide attack that killed at least 22 people

Children are among at least 22 people have been killed and dozens more injured in a suicide bombing at Manchester Arena.

Families were leaving a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande when the blast ripped through the foyer leading to Victoria station at around 10.35pm on Monday.

Isis has claimed responsibility for the atrocity, which is being treated as a terrorist incident by police.

Follow the latest updates on our live blog here

What happened?

Police were called to reports of an explosion shortly after the end of Grande’s concert at 10.33pm, as thousands of fans streamed out of Manchester Arena.

Witnesses described being thrown through the air by a powerful blast that left nuts and bolts across the floor.

Chris Parker, a rough sleeper who was in the foyer at the time, said: “Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else.

“As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming.

"It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to run back and try and help.

"There was people lying on the floor everywhere.”

The 33-year-old saw one girl whose legs had been blown off, and attempted to comfort a woman in her 60s who died of severe injuries in his arms.

Concert goers still inside the arena described mass panic at the blast echoed through the venue.

"A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” said Majid Khan, 22.

"It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.”

Ian Hopkins, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, said investigators believe the attack was carried out by a lone suicide bomber “carrying” a homemade device.

“The priority is to establish whether he was acting alone or as part of a network,” he added.

“The attacker, I can confirm, died at the arena. We believe the attacker was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity.”

More than 240 calls were made to the emergency services, with responders including 60 ambulances flooding the area alongside more than 400 police officers.

Who was behind it?

Police have identified the perpetrator but said it was too early in the investigation to publicly release his name.

Isis claimed responsibility for the attack, hailing a "soldier of the caliphate” but suggesting he did not die in the blast.

The group has been periodically releasing detailed guidance on how to carry out terror attacks on “disbelievers” in countries targeting its militants in Syria and Iraq.

The most recent edition of its Rumiyah propaganda magazine listed concert halls among “ideal target locations” for attacks.

Analysts have warned that the group may increasingly turn to “soft targets” with large crowds, as seen in Westminster, Stockholm, Nice and Berlin, rather than protected areas with a high security presence.

Explosive devices using homemade triacetone triperoxide (TATP) have become a signature of the group’s largest European attacks in Paris and Brussels, and has been discovered in several foiled plots.

The Manchester attack took place on the fourth anniversary of the killing of Fusilier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, which was inspired by al-Qaeda propaganda on avenging civilian casualties in the Middle East.

How many people have been killed?

Police have confirmed at least 22 dead and 59 injured, including 12 children, although the toll could rise as victims remain in hospital and recovery work continues.

Officials have not yet publicly identified any of the victims, amid online appeals for information on dozens of missing people.

Among those killed is eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos, who was at the concert with her mother and sister, and 18-year-old Georgiana Callander from Manchester.

They were originally one of dozens of children and teenagers who had not been heard of since the explosion.

They include Laura MacIntyre, 15, and Eilidh MacLeod, 14, both from the Scottish island of Barra, Olivia Campbell, 15, Martyn Hett, 29, Chloe Rutherford, 17, Liam Curry, 19,Courtney Boyle, Philip Tron, Angelika and Marcin Klis and Wendy Falwell.

Facebook activated a safety check feature so that people can let their family and friends know they are safe, as the Twitter hashtag #MissingInManchester was used to track appeals.

Police have established a help centre at the Etihad Stadium, access Gate 11, for anyone who needs assistance in tracing loved ones.

Emergency numbers have been established for anyone who is concerned for loved ones on 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.

Police have also appealed for concert-goers and witnesses to provide them with any footage they have from the scene if they believe it can assist the probe.

To report any concerns about suspicious activity, call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.

What have police said?

Greater Manchester Police have urged people to stay away from a large cordon around Manchester Arena and Victoria station while investigations continue.

They are working with the National Counter Terrorist Policing Network and UK intelligence services to establish more details about the bomber.

Scotland Yard has put extra officers on duty in London in the wake of the Manchester bombing, including armed personnel.

It came exactly two months after the Westminster attack, by Isis-inspired extremist Khalid Masood.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick condemned the attack as “utterly appalling”, adding: “My thoughts are with the people of Manchester as they try to come to terms with the horrific events that took place in their city last night.

“Our colleagues from Greater Manchester Police and their emergency services showed huge bravery as they ran towards the confusion and danger.

"We are providing every possible support through the counter-terrorism network as investigators work tirelessly to understand what has happened.”

How have politicians reacted?

All general election campaigning has been suspended ahead of the 8 June vote as a mark of respect to the victims, with flags flying at half-mast across the UK.

Theresa May held a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee following the “callous terrorist attack” on Tuesday morning.

“While we experienced the worst of humanity in Manchester last night, we also saw the best,” she said, condemning the attacker’s “cowardice”.

The Prime Minister said it was among the "worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom”, adding that police and security services were working to establish the full picture.

Andy Burnham, the Labour politician and mayor of Manchester, condemned the “evil act”.

“It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours, and to put into words the shock, anger, and hurt that we feel today,” he added.

"These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill.”

Mr Burnham urged Mancunians to “come together” following the atrocity, praising the actions of volunteers who have opened their homes to victims, flooded to blood banks and given families free rides around Manchester.

He announced a vigil to be held on Tuesday evening in Manchester’s Albert Square.

The Muslim Council of Britain described the attack as “horrific” and “criminal”.

“May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next,” said secretary general Harun Khan.

Global politicians have been sending their condolences, including Vladimir Putin, Emmanuel Macron, Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel.

Speaking during a press conference in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Donald Trump called the perpetrators “evil losers”.

How have musicians reacted?

Ariana Grande, who had left the stage shortly before the explosion, tweeted that she was “broken”, adding: “From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”

Musicians and celebrities across the globe voiced their shock.

Taylor Swift sent her “thoughts, prayers and tears”, while David Beckham said his thoughts were with all those affected.

Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Harry Styles, Nicki Minaj, Selena Gomez, Boy George and Lorde also sent their condolences, while Liam Gallagher tweeted that he is “in total shock and absolutely devastated”.

Peter Hook, of Manchester bands New Order and Joy Division, said that daughter “made it home safe” from concert, adding: “My heart goes out to all parents & those involved. Manchester stay strong.”

anonymous asked:

can i ask you a question about politics? i mean you don't have to answer if you dont want, but are you pro labour and pro corbyn or just pro labour?

Don’t mind answering this - I’m pro-Labour and pro-Corbyn, especially for the upcoming election. I’m not a fanatic - I’ve wavered over him due to the EU stuff and he has his faults, blah blah, but if any of you are undecided but have heard vaguely negative shit about him, read up on his election pledges (2nd link below).

I think it’s hard for young British people to conceive of life under a non-rightwing government, and to assume that their current situation is ‘just the way it is’ - it doesn’t have to be! This all feels very “How do you do fellow kids” but ya, I’m a ‘young person’ too and I want these things for all of us.

There’ll prob be some comments under this saying “Yeah but Corbyn blah blah” and my only answer to that is, “So you want more of the Tories?”. And I don’t.

Articles on why all people aged 18-24 should vote on June 8th:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/apr/30/young-must-vote-general-election-8-june

http://www.shortlist.com/opinion/young-people-voting-labour-manifesto

the thing is: i know that there are parties other than labour and the conservatives. and there are parties other than labour that would bring in some good policies, but voting for them will just split the labour vote and ensure that the tories get in again. 

i understand that you might support green, or snp, or plaid cymru or the lib dems, but voting labour really is our best chance at getting the tories out of parliament. 

if you don’t want another 5 years of tory austerity and misery you really need to vote labour on 8th june. you can vote differently next time but this year, please vote labour

Alright, folks, so after a good chunk of you voted in our Google Form (for when you’d like to have McHanzo Week), the majority voted for June to be the month we hold it! Someone in our Discord server pointed out that June 9th is Donald Duck Day, and I find that random fact so goddamn amusing that I have no choice but to make it the first day of our ship week.

That is why, as of right now, McHanzo Week 2017 will be taking place from June 18th to June 24th. If we change the date around, it will only be to push it further into June. We guarantee it won’t be brought forward since so many folks are finishing school during the end of May and early June; June (or even July) works better for everyone. 

A much nicer post with pretty graphics and the prompt list for each day will most likely go out later this month or sometime during March, depending on how long it takes us admins to decide on the theme for each day. Until then, feel free to send in suggestions for the themes! We’ll also be going through the responses to our Google Form and trying to incorporate some of the themes suggested there (such as a Beach Day).

Anyways, hopefully y’all are pumped for McHanzo Week 2017! I know I am; I can’t wait to see all the great fics and fanart you guys create!

anonymous asked:

Can you please tell me if it is true some people in Britain have to pay for NHS?


Well, we all pay for the NHS through tax. The NHS was built on the principles that it is free at the point of access for all. Rich, poor, young and old. Shoutout to Welshman, a saviour to many and Labour MP Nye Bevan for the NHS. “No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.” 

Everybody is entitled to the NHS which covers all your medical needs from routine GP checks to complex surgery. You have to pay for things like holiday vaccinations because they have to buy that into the surgery, but that’s not too bad. 

And then there are certain treatments you’ll have to pay for because the NHS just doesn’t have the equipment or funding [because of the government]. So you’ll have to go private but that’s usually stuff like specialist cancer treatment and trials when the NHS have exhausted all their options.

So prescription medication is a bit of a muddle. All medication is £8.60 as a max and min but not everybody has to pay. You do not have to pay for prescription medication if you:

  • are 60 or over
  • are under 16
  • are 16-18 and in full-time education
  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)  
  • have a specified medical condition and have a valid medical exemption certificate (MedEx)
  • have a continuing physical disability that prevents you from going out without help from another person and have a valid MedEx
  • hold a valid war pension exemption certificate and the prescription is for your accepted disability
  • are an NHS inpatient
  • on welfare benefits, mainly people on low income, such as Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, or  Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • If you have chronic illnesses that require medication such as diabetes, epilepsy or you’re undergoing cancer treatment.
  • more information here
  • If you fit some of the above criteria [under 16, on a low income, have diabetes, etc] you are also entitled to free eye tests [free glasses for under 16′s and a considerable discount for low-income earners] and free dental care.
  • I think the NHS also offers some sort of depression/anxiety therapy too but I’m not entirely sure.
  • There is also private healthcare available if you can afford it.

It’s not all roses, there are also some really big flaws in our NHS system [long waiting list for specialists, not routine appointments which you can get in a week or two with your gp or that same day if it’s an emergency. Emergency specialist appointments are prioritised. The NHS doesn’t always have the best latest equipment/drugs] but I personally put those issues down to government underfunding, understaffing and government negligence. As a country we love our NHS, it’s doctors, nurses and all of its staff [apart from maybe it’s IT teams, am I right?] and we will fight and defend it to our last breath. Despite the mess of our country, I will never speak ill of the NHS and its staff. 

I also read a post a while ago that “certain” countries have to pay for ambulances?  Yeah, we don’t pay for ambulances. Although, I personally believe drunk arseholes on a Friday/Saturday night who are verbally and physically abusive to ambulance/A&E staff should pay. For foreign visiting travellers in the UK; certain treatments such as emergency or STI treatments are free. So if you think it’s a good day to get stabbed or an STI, make sure it’s in the UK. 

”The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it.” - Nye Bevan.

In anticipation for the seventh season of Game of Thrones Arya Stark Source is hosting an edit series centering around the best of Arya, as voted on by all of you!

There will be five categories: Best Moment, Best Quote, Favorite Relationship, Best Episode, and Favorite Character Trait. Nominations for these categories are open from now until May 14th. Just head over here to submit your favorites.

Once nominations are closed, we will open a poll with the results to narrow them down to three for each category. Those top three will be featured in edits during the days leading up to a week before the season seven premiere.

Schedule:

  • May 8 - 14: Accepting nominations
  • May 15 - 31: Voting Open
  • June 25 to July 9: The countdown begins with an edit reflecting your votes posted each day

2nd Annual General Danvers Week

(GDW Poster by @kutekoolkat)

Two soldiers on the opposite sides of a war brought together by their love for Kara. A love story with as much angst as you could imagine.

There is something about this fandom and the wonderful people in it. Our love for angst knows no bounds and there is so much passion even a year later. Then, of course, we have the incredible new shippers who’ve joined us to share amazing content and create their own.

In truth, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs over this past year. There has been a lot of emotions brought up and I think the GD fandom is up for a pick me up/celebration, don’t you?

Whether you are a consumer or a creator of the fanfic, art, videos, etc. this week will surely be enjoyable.


Schedule

  • Event Date Voting: May 7th - May 14th (12:00 PM EST)
  • Theme Suggestions: May 14th - May 21st (8:00 PM EST)
    • Theme Voting: May 24th - May 31st (12:00 PM EST)
      • Theme Reveal: May 31st (8:00 PM EST)
  • Prompt Suggestions: May 31st - June 7th (8:00 PM EST)
    • Prompt Voting: June 10th - June 17th (12:00 PM EST)
      • Prompt Reveal: June 17th (8:00 PM EST)

*PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE TIME DEADLINES*

Questions?

If any of you have any questions at all, please feel free to use the ask box here or you can ask whoeverdares or kutekoolkat

In honor of this blog hitting 1.1k followers, I’m holding a Multifandom Tumblr Awards!

How It Works:

-Send in your nominee for any category in an ask to @multifandomawards (it won’t tag)

-The nominated blogs will get into the final voting depending on the number of notes on the ask

-You can nominate as many people as you want! 

-There will be a tag for every category

-A blog can be entered in for multiple categories

Important Dates: 

-You can begin nominating starting tomorrow, May 22nd

-Nominations close June 12th

-Final voting begins June 14th

-Winners will be announced June 16th

Categories: 

Dan and Phil:

-Best D&P url

-Best D&P edits

-Best D&P fanfiction (does not have to be phan)

-Best D&P icon

Harry Potter:

-Best HP url

-Best HP edits

-Best HP fanfiction

-Best HP icon

The Outsiders:

-Best The Outsiders url

-Best The Outsiders edits

-Best The Outsiders fanfiction

-Best The Outsiders icon

ASOUE:

-Best ASOUE url

-Best ASOUE edits

-Best ASOUE fanfiction

-Best ASOUE icon

Bands:

-Best band-related url

-Best band-related fanfiction

-Best band-related icon

General:

-Best all-around

-Kindest blogger

-Funniest blogger

-Underrated blogger

-Best romantic blogger relationship 

-Best platonic blogger relationship

Prizes:

-Winners get bragging rights and a follow from me (yay)