The Politics Lab gives Edge Hill students a chance to work on real projects in real politics. Students have written briefings for parliamentarians and sent in submissions to parliamentary inquiries. The briefing on British Sign Language helped change the law. Submissions on public transport and on the careers service have been published by parliament.
Students are currently working on policy proposals for a member of the House of Lords. Among this year’s projects is one focusing on the forthcoming West Lancashire by-election. Students are carrying out research and interviews, producing articles and podcasts. They aim to increase understanding of the election, as well as the process, to encourage more young people to vote. The Politics Lab team from the last academic year so impressed the University that it was awarded a prestigious University scholarship.
Who are the candidates in the West Lancashire by-election?
The West Lancashire by-election was triggered by the retirement of Labour’s Rosie Cooper. After 17 years in the seat she has stood down to focus on her new role as chair of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Her bill to have British Sign Language recognised as a language in its own right within law in the UK passed in parliament, her last act as an MP.
But who will step into her shoes? Our Politics Lab students preview the prospects of the parties challenging for the seat, currently held by Labour.
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December 2, 2022