Immigration – the subject candidates chose not to talk about during UK Election 2015

Source: Knokton, Flickr

Source: Knokton, Flickr


The battle to set the agenda during the UK General Election 2015 was fought by all sides through social media and mainstream news outlets.  The way that battle played out and the influence of each media source on pulling public attention towards a particular issue is the basis of a new report by the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at the Policy Institute at King’s College London.  In this blog post, Dr Martin Moore, Director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, draws on the report to explore why the subject of immigration was largely ignored by the political parties when it came to social media.
Continue reading

Policy Idol finalist Bakht Baryar tells his story

Bakht_PolicyIdolBakht Baryar was a final year BSc Political Economy student at King’s College London and a finalist at Policy Idol 2015.  His pitch titled “An anchor in Africa: the value of the state of Somaliland” won Bakht the award for Best Delivery at the competition.  In this blog post, to coincide with the launch of Policy Idol 2016, Bakht tells us why he decided to enter the competition and what it was like to take part.  You can read the details of Bakht’s pitch and watch his winning three minute pitch online. Continue reading