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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK.Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially.Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council meetin…

International News




Most of us are quite lazy when it comes to the news. There are 24 hour news channels like the BBC and SKY news; surely they must cover all of the issues? If you thought so then you are in for a rude shock. Although these news channels claim to be international you will generally only hear what is going on in the UK. Sure there is news from the US and very major events are covered but they make the decision as to what is major and what is not. There is a major skew in terms of focus to the US, leaving only time for bad news from the Middle East and nothing from the east or South America. The only time you will hear about Africa is during the (depressing) charity commercials in-between.

 I became bored with this paltry offering and looked further afield. The first and easiest options are to look a few channels over at say Russia Today which has a strong US focus but in the negative skew. They also cover other world news with more breadth and depth. Al Jazeera English is another option which has a focus on the Middle East and Africa.


If you really want to know what is happening then I suggest looking at the websites of local newspapers or channels. This should give a more honest and in-depth view of what is happening on the ground. The media will always be able to control what we can see and hear but with the power of the internet we can to an extent now see past this. 

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