On the 7th May 2015, the people of the United Kingdom were encouraged to vote in the General Election, in order to decide on who should next become Prime Minister, and how the running of our country and local council should happen.
My name is John, and I played an active part in this election, and would like to share my views.
I felt really good about taking part in this election, as I know my community and others are all united in exercising their right to vote. It is important that people use their vote to influence how they would like their country run, and who they would like to run it. It made me feel important knowing I had had my say, and that my voice would be heard.
I understand that, as a member of the British public, I have a right to vote in both Local and General Elections, in order to influence the policies that affect my own community and the country. I understand that people fought to have their views counted, so it is important that we remember this and exercise this right. We do after all have freedom of speech in our country!
My understanding of Members of Parliament is that they work in the House of Commons, part of the Houses of Parliament in London. Members of Parliament come from all over the United Kingdom - from the North of Scotland, to the South of England. They have debates between the different parties in Parliament on issues affecting the country, such as the recession, immigration, law, how money should be spent both in this country and overseas, how to save money, etc. I also know that the two biggest parties are Conservatives, for whom David Cameron is running for Prime Minister, and Labour, led by Ed Miliband. There are also a number of smaller parties campaigning in this election such as Liberal Democrats led by Nick Clegg (who were in coalition with Conservatives to form a majority in the previous election), United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) led by Nigel Farage and the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) led by Nicola Sturgeon.
Although I know the outcome of the vote may upset some, I understand it is a fair way to have people's voices heard. The outcome of this vote will impact on us all; for example, how money is spent in this country will impact on what services we receive. I understand that although some candidates get a significant number of votes, that doesn't necessarily mean that they will win their seat in the House of Commons; it is a combination of everybody's votes per constituency that determines who wins the seat.
After voting had closed I watched the Election Results the following day. I am particularly looking forward to another potential chance to vote in a referendum on our place in the EU.
I have overall enjoyed my voting experience - it's great to have your say!