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With the general election now only days away, it’s time to really think about where your vote will go! Young people aged 18-24 have the power to change the way the government is run; don’t let a lack of knowledge affect your vote. Putting your tick in a box does make a difference, so don’t let your voice go unheard. This is the third general election since 2015 so let’s make this one count! So, with that in mind here is a rundown of the parties’ top priorities for this election. CONSERVATIVES  Leader Boris Johnson Top priorities Bring back…

The island’s outgoing MP remains confident that a multi-billion-pound nuclear plant will go ahead, despite question marks over its future Approaching his final week in Parliament, the North Wales MP says he remains confident a multi-billion-pound nuclear plant will go ahead despite question marks over its future. Other political distractions like Brexit or the upcoming election won’t stop plans for the plant.  First elected in 2001 – one of only two gains made by Labour that night, Albert Owen has represented Ynys Môn since that surprise win 18 years ago. But having spent his early career riding on a crest…

Despite official abolitions of slavery during the nineteenth century throughout the actual EU member states and its colonies, in these same states, thousands of individuals are still subject to exploitation nowadays. As such, the notion of modern slavery is commonly used to refer to a wide range of exploitations which violate human rights and dignity. However, it is used as a concept which is not in itself properly defined in the international or European Union law. Legislations rather specify the treatments through which individuals might be exploited under the legal term of human trafficking, or even forced labour, but not…

If the pillory by the US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, does not register a crystal clear intent of the Trump administration to dominate the global trade stage, then nothing else will. This week Sondland slated Phil Hogan, the imminent EU trade Commissioner, in a preliminary sniper fashion. The swaggering Hogan had elected to acknowledge his impending EU portfolio by flooding the Irish RTE radio waves last week expressing, without mincing his words, his intent to spare no effort at cautioning Trump about his much publicised erroneous conduct on trade. Hogan, who is a veteran Irish politician, authenticated…

The result of the 2019 general election could determine whether Brexit happens or not. Some campaign groups are suggesting people use tactical-voting websites, to help them decide which candidate to support. One website has faced criticism over the nature of its advice. What is tactical voting? Put simply, tactical voting is when someone backs a candidate they wouldn’t normally support, to stop someone else winning. This could happen in a constituency where two parties are in a tight race and candidates from other parties trail far behind. In these circumstances, a supporter of the candidate who was a distant third,…

With the upcoming general election looming, it is more important than ever to have your voice heard. Not voting equals no change! Your votes do make all the difference in the bigger picture.  While you may be registered to vote in your hometowns, you are allowed to register in your university town to ensure you have the chance to vote.  While the Christmas break may begin the day after election day you still have until the 26th of November to register for a postal vote so you can be heard!  10 reasons why it is important that you register…

With Brexit only a matter of days away, the UK has fallen under a blanket of uncertainty with the temporary termination of parliament leaving the nation unsure of its future, here’s a recap of what we do know.  What is the Brexit deal? The deal consisted of a withdrawal agreement – which set out the terms for the ‘divorce’ process. There was also a political declaration – which outlined the future relationship between the UK and EU. The withdrawal agreement covered a range of things including: the rights of EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU…

A key part of the Brexit negotiations has been the border that separates Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The border is a matter of great political, security and diplomatic sensitivity in Ireland. Therefore, the UK and EU agreed that, whatever happens as a result of Brexit, there should be no new physical checks or infrastructure at the frontier. This is where the controversial “backstop” comes in. Why might the backstop be needed? At present, goods and services are traded between the two jurisdictions with few restrictions. That is because the UK and Ireland are part of the EU’s…

Does Brexit worry you? Is the prospect of studying at Bangor University in a post-Brexit UK causing you anxiety? Seren’s Politics section is looking for students who want questions answered about their future and about what’s happening during and after the end of this month. Please email politics@seren.bangor.ac.uk or message us on Facebook with your questions!

Yesterday saw crowds marching through Bangor in protests supporting School Strike for Climate, a global movement pushing for action to be taken on climate change. (for more information, see our main article at: https://www.seren.bangor.ac.uk/news-politics/local-news/2019/09/21/global-climate-strike-march-bangor-protest-takes-to-the-streets/). Seren Bangor spent the march interviewing over 40 individual protestors to hear why they personally had taken to the streets. The following 10 interviews represent a cross section of those interviewees. What has brought you here today? “I’m a medical student and you can’t just neglect climate change, and it’s getting worse by the minute and I think we’re getting to the point where…

Yesterday Bangor participated in a worldwide network of protests pushing for action to be taken to combat climate change. Four million protestors joined the demonstration worldwide. School children, students, and strikers began the protest in Bangor University’s Main Arts Quad and steadily marched down the hill and through the high street before assembling to hear speeches and sing protest songs. This march was a part of School Strike for Climate, a decentralised global movement started in 2018 by Greta Thunberg, a then-15-year-old Swedish girl who skipped school in order to protest in front of the Swedish parliament. School Strike for…

Discussions over a no deal Brexit have been hot on everyone’s lips but what does that actually mean. In the case of a no deal, the UK will leave with no confirmed agreements in the ‘divorce’ from the EU. Overnight the UK will leave the single market and customs union forcing the UK to pay import charges and will be more likely to raise the expenses of several areas of revenue. The withdrawal from the EU also means a withdrawal from the European courts of justice. No deal supporters suggest that the UK could avoid a £39 billion payout in the ‘divorce settlement’. With the official leave date getting closer and closer, these are the…

By Oli Hewson The officers have now been elected, but how did they and their competitors fare before live audience scrutiny last week? The format begins with a quick two minute introduction from each candidate, followed by quicker answers to general questions. Osian Williams, Fred Walters, Rhiannon Williams, James Martin and Muhammed Firdaus, at that point all mid campaign, each gave very competent introductions of their own credentials as candidates, before launching into the identification of the issues they would hope to make improvements on if elected to office. Despite the truly impressive performance by all five candidates (most noticeably…

The 2019/20 Sabbatical Team have been elected after a record-breaking voter turnout of 2206. Over 200 votes were cast in the final 2 hours of campaigning, surpassing the previous vote count record of 2145. 19 candidates campaigned from February 25th up until the 12PM voting deadline on Friday 8th March. On the same day, the results were counted and announced live in Bar Uno at 4PM. The first result to be announced was the role of UMCB President. Lleucu Myrddin, the lone candidate, received 224 votes out of a total 231 cast. Next was VP Sport – Henry Williams and…

The Undeb Bangor Sabbatical Election campaign period is open, and your candidates’ manifesto’s have been released. Seren presents a straightforward round-up of every manifesto, clearly summing up each candidate’s policy ideas. Voting opens on March 6th at 12AM and closes on March 8th at 12PM. Make sure you vote – whoever you vote for. Let’s take notice of student politics. Let’s be involved in the debate. Most importantly, let’s #BreakTheVotingRecord. President Mark Barrow Course: BA History with Journalism (Graduated) Experience:   Current VP Education History Course Rep Policies: Engagement: It is important students know what is going on at…

By Grace Worsley Recently, students of Bangor, in their campaign against the proposed University budget cuts, organised a protest to voice their concerns. The plans to implement up to 60 staff redundancies and the proposed closure of the Chemistry department have attracted widespread concern among the student body. The protest took place on the 18th January 2019 and was intended to display solidarity among staff and students, place pressure on the University to safeguard the jobs at risk, publish full and detailed financial accounts to be openly scrutinised and ensure the protection of the Chemistry department. Arguably the most discussed…

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