General Election 2017


On Thursday 8 June 2017 the UK went to the polls after Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election. Here you can find comment, analysis and information from academics at the University of Sheffield.


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Speak. Vote. Debate. Meet. Repeat. Why the mental health of MPs is at risk
5 June 2017, James Weinberg of the Crick Centre for The Conversation.

Quote marksWhat do the manifestos say about political education?
3 June 2017, Titus Alexander for The Crick Centre blog.

Quote marksIt’s sophisticated, but can you believe YouGov’s startling election prediction?
2 June 2017, Dr Todd Hartman, Professor Charles Pattie and Professor Ron Johnson for The Conversation.

Quote marksParty canvassers don’t change people’s opinions, but they do persuade them to vote
31 May 2017, Professor Charles Pattie, Professor Ron Johnson and Dr Todd Hartman for Democratic Audit UK.

Quote marksAnother year, another vote. Is democracy burning out Brits?
 31 May 2017, Dr Kate Dommett from the Crick Centre in Yahoo! News.

Quote marksThe triple lock is a pensions policy, not a pensioner policy
30 May 2017, Dr Craig Berry from the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute on the SPERI blog.

Quote marksHow UKIP’s election strategy is boosting Theresa May’s chances of a big majority
  29 May 2017, Professor Charles Pattie from the Department of Politics in Democratic Audit UK.

Quote marksHow George Osborne is still making his political voice heard
25 May 2017, Christopher Shoop-Worrall from the Department of Journalism Studies in The Conversation.

Quote marksWhy there was method in May’s manifesto madness
25 May 2017, Professor Matthew Flinders from the University's Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics in Prospect.

Quote marksFact Check: have the Conservatives always been the low-tax party?
22 May 2017, Katherine Cousins from the School of Law in The Conversation.

Quote marksUK political parties promise science funding boost
19 May 2017, Professor James Wilsdon from the Department of Politics in Nature.

Quote marksManifesto check: Do Labour Party tax and spending plans add up?
17 May 2017, Dr Jonathan Perraton from the Department of Economics in The Conversation.

Quote marksColin Hay speaks to Radio France Internationale about the UK general election
11 May 2017, SPERI Director Professor Colin Hay on Radio France Internationale.

Quote marksA simple guide to political polling
11 May 2017, Crick Centre Associate Beatrix Pitel interviews Joe Twyman, Head of Political and Social Research for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at YouGov.

Quote marksGeneral election 2017: Who is the most searched-for party leader?
10 May 2017, Dr Alasdair Rae from the Department of Urban Studies & Planning featured on BBC News Online.

Quote marks'Strong and stable leadership!' Could Theresa May's rhetorical carpet-bombing backfire?
10 May 2017, Dr Tom Stafford from the Department of Psychology comments in The Guardian.

Quote marksRoll up! Universities embark on big push to boost student vote
9 May 2017, the University of Sheffield's voter registration scheme is reported in The Guardian.

Quote marksIn Europe’s election season, tech vies to fight fake news
1 May 2017, Dr Andreas Vlachos from the Department of Computer Science in the New York Times.

Views posted in comment articles are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the University of Sheffield.

Videos & blogs

G7 Bounce? When Elections and Summits Clash

This weekend (27 and 28 May 2017) the 43rd G7 summit takes place in Taormina, Italy. Staff and students from the University of Sheffield are attending the summit working as policy analysts with the University's Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) initiative.

In their first blog post for the Global Policy Journal, they look at previous attempts to organise a global gathering of democratically elected leaders at the time of an election.

Read updates from our students at the G7.

Terrible election bar charts - Why Numbers Matter, episode 8

The UK has had quite a few elections recently. This means that political parties do their best to convince you to vote for them. Sometimes they use dubious dataviz techniques, such as 'tweaking' the y-axis on a bar chart, or - even worse - getting the proportional heights of bars totally wrong. Is it on purpose? Who knows, but the Sheffield Methods Institute is here to tell you that you need to cast a cautious eye over any election bar chart you see.

What is an 'authentic nation' anyway?

The EU referendum, 'Make America Great Again' and Scottish Independence are all expressions of and discussions about national identity.

But what does 'national identity' mean, how do we understand it, and how can we be a part of a conversation that seems to be run by politicians and the press?

Responding to a recent debate with Melanie Phillips on the History Matters blog, the University of Sheffield's historians are finding out.


ElectionGeneral Election Hustings - an event for students

Date and time: Friday 19 May 2017, 6pm
Venue: Students' Union Auditorium

With the snap general election fast approaching, students have the opportunity to hear from prospective parliamentary candidates in the Sheffield Central constituency.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Paul Blomfield MP (Labour)
  • Natalie Bennett (Green)
  • Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed (Liberal Democrat)
  • Dr Gordon Gregory (Conservative)
  • Howard Denby (UKIP)

This event is likely to be popular and tickets, which are only available at the Students' Union Box Office and are for Sheffield Students' Union members only, are limited.

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We're proud of our students and the role they play as active and engaged citizens.

The University of Sheffield's Students' Union is encouraging all students to ensure they are registered to vote wherever they will be on polling day - before the deadline of Monday 22 May 2017.

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The University of Sheffield runs a voter registration scheme in partnership with Sheffield Council. When registering as a student at the University, if they do not choose to opt out, students are automatically registered to vote. Through this system 74 per cent of our eligible students have been registered to vote.

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