National Government. I will: Discuss the benefits of living in a democratic society and the importance of voting. Know how a government is elected and run. Understand how Parliament functions. . Can you match the name, the face and the political party?. Ming Campbell. Tony Blair.
People who are 18 or over.
Citizens of the UK, the Commonwealth, or a European Union member state.
People who’s name is on the electoral register.
Who can’t vote:
Anyone under 18.
Members of the House of Lords.
Church of England bishops and archbishops.
Prisoners serving a sentence for a criminal conviction.
Those with learning disabilities or a mental illness that the authorities believe prevents them from making a reasoned judgement on the day of the election.Voting
Why is voting important?
In 1969 the voting age in Britain was lowered from 21 to 18. It is now being suggested that it should be further reduced to 16. Here are some views about this. Sort them in to for or against.
The opinions of teenagers may be too easily influenced by others.
If 16 year olds can smoke, work and get married then why should they not be able to vote?
Teenagers don’t have the maturity to use the vote sensibly.
The numbers of young people who have taken part in demonstrations shows that many young people are interested in politics.
16 year olds have as much right tohave their say and be listened to as anyone.
Young people do not show enough interest in politics and so should not be allowed to vote.
16 year olds have to live in the country so why should they not be able to have their say in how it is run.
Against voting at 16
For voting at 16
In the House of Commons MPs.
Examine the work of the Government by asking questions and having debates.
Keep a check on government spending.
Represent their constituencies and the interests of their people.
The House of Lords:
The job of the House of Lords is to:
Check on the House of Commons and make sure laws are not rushed.
Criticise the government if it thinks that it has become to powerful.
Hold debates on important issues.Parliament
The Houses of Parliament (in Westminster. London) are made up of