U Kpolitics1


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A presentation to introduce S3 Standard Grade students to the UK's political spectrum. Including video clip from BBC and groupwork exercise to tie into a longer project.

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U Kpolitics1

  1. 1. UK Political Parties
  2. 2. In this session we will: <ul><li>Take a look at the main political parties in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Learn what a party manifesto is. </li></ul><ul><li>Work in groups to construct our own Manifesto. </li></ul><ul><li>- This will be part of a 2 week long project </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Political Compass:
  4. 4. Manifesto <ul><li>Every Politcal Party has a Manifesto . </li></ul><ul><li>It is the document which outlines the party’s policies – the list of things the party will do if they win the election. </li></ul><ul><li>So, are policies important? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Policies <ul><li>A policy is a plan or course of action. </li></ul><ul><li>A policy is intended to influence </li></ul><ul><li>and determine decisions or actions. </li></ul><ul><li>We’re going to look at the policies of some of the parties involved in the recent EU elections... </li></ul>
  6. 6. LABOUR PARTY <ul><li>Leader:  Gordon Brown </li></ul><ul><li>Policies:  </li></ul><ul><li>Stresses importance of British membership of EU when it comes to big transnational issues such as climate change and security. </li></ul><ul><li>Also pledges to ensure EU delivers for British people on jobs, crime and prosperity. Backs the Lisbon Treaty. </li></ul>
  7. 7. CONSERVATIVES <ul><li>Leader:  David Cameron </li></ul><ul><li>Policies:  </li></ul><ul><li>Backs the EU but wants a halt to further political integration and return of key law making powers to nation states. </li></ul><ul><li>Opposes the Lisbon Treaty and says it will hold a referendum on it if elected to power before it comes into force. </li></ul>
  8. 8. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS <ul><li>Leader:  Nick Clegg </li></ul><ul><li>Policies:   </li></ul><ul><li>Traditionally the most pro-European of the big three parties. Nick Clegg has urged Britain to &quot;stand tall&quot; and play its full part in the EU, which he says has a vital role on big issues such as climate change and security. </li></ul><ul><li>Backs the Lisbon Treaty but wants a referendum on Britain's continued EU membership with aim of highlighting positives of membership. </li></ul>
  9. 9. GREEN PARTY <ul><li>Leader:  Caroline Lucas </li></ul><ul><li>Policies:  </li></ul><ul><li>Pushing economic rescue plan, alongside traditional emphasis on the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-European but also want democratic reform and clean-up of EU and referendum on Lisbon Treaty. </li></ul><ul><li>Promising &quot;positive and clean&quot; alternative to big parties. </li></ul>
  10. 10. SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY <ul><li>Leader:  Alex Salmond </li></ul><ul><li>Policies:   </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigns for Scotland to be independent nation with the EU. </li></ul><ul><li>Has pledged to fight for jobs and boost economic recovery. Wants vote on Lisbon Treaty. </li></ul>
  11. 11. BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY <ul><li>Leader:  Nick Griffin </li></ul><ul><li>Policies:  </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrawal from EU. </li></ul><ul><li>End immigration. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Voluntary repatriation&quot; of ethnic minorities. </li></ul><ul><li>Preference in jobs and housing for indigenous Britons. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Groupwork Task
  13. 13. Groupwork <ul><li>Over the next 2 weeks, we will learn about UK Politics </li></ul><ul><li>by doing rather than reading. </li></ul><ul><li>In your groups you will </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a manifesto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nominate your Candidate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hit the Campaign Trail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take part in an Election </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You will also learn about </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Political Representation and Equality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different Voting Systems </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. The Campaign <ul><li>Your group is a new Political Party. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a Class Election coming up soon. </li></ul><ul><li>The winning Party will form a government. </li></ul><ul><li>This government will decide class policy. </li></ul><ul><li>e.g.: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What, when and how we learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The resources we use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How we use the time in the class. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Task 1 <ul><li>Your group must build a Party manifesto outlining how you will run the class if you win the election. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to have between 4 and 6 policies to be eligible for election. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember, you want to appeal to as many voters as possible to ensure your election </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>think about the Political compass! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 17. In this session we have: <ul><li>Taken a look at the main political parties in the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Learned what a party manifesto is. </li></ul><ul><li>Constructed our group Manifestos </li></ul>