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2017 general election

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The 8 June general election will set the direction on important issues such as Brexit, industrial strategy, public services and employment rights.

We want Prospect and BECTU members to get involved by raising our issues with candidates and communicating our priorities to them. But, as an independent union, we need to be careful not to endorse candidates.

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Our election blog


Trident nuclear submarine HMS Victorious near Faslane

The future of defence – what’s in the manifestos

For thousands of Prospect members employed in the defence industry it really does matter what the political parties are saying about defence spending, civilian Ministry of Defence pay, the Trident nuclear deterrent and naval shipbuilding during this general election campaign.


A blackboard with 2 + 2 = ? written on it

Questionable calculations on education: electorate deserves much better

Does the public have the right to expect honesty from politicians as they set out their plans for the next parliament in their general election manifestos?


Stack of pension coins declining in size

Pensions – what the manifestos say

As the average age of the electorate increases so does the importance of pension issues in general elections. Pension policies directly impact on the standard of living of current pensioners, who have a higher propensity to vote.


Members of Prospect's Bectu sector protest against arts funding cuts outside the National Gallery

Investing in our cultural heritage

The creative industries are now worth £84bn a year to the UK economy, according to a 2016 report from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. That’s equivalent to £10m every hour.


Prospect members protesting against public sector pay restraint at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton in September 2015

Civil servants: manifestos light on detail for this vital sector

The future of civil servants may not rank highly alongside traditional election issues, such as schools and the NHS. Yet the work they do makes a huge difference to people’s lives, not least because of the role the civil service will have in the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.