It can be difficult working out exactly what parties stand for. They tend to put all their ideas in their Manifestos - their policy promises. This is a Superb BBC guide to all the parties in the UK General election and what their views are on particular issues. This may be useful for any young new voters.
It is clear now more than ever that the pacts are out in the upcoming election. The UUP is not fielding a candidate in North Belfast in the hope of securing a Unionist (DUP) MP in the very tight seat contested with Sinn Fein. However, the SDLP has not put up a candidate in North Belfast which then favours Sinn Fein. The DUP seem to be allowing the UUP to try and win Tyrone and they are not putting a candidate forward there to help this cause. The SDLP and Sinn Fein have made the unprecedented decision not to field three candidates in various constituencies. Power is certainly being tactically carved up.
The short answer is YES! There are a lot of areas that are very applicable to the exams:
This is a brilliant Irish Times Article from Northern Ireland Newsletter journalist Sam McBride - someone who knows the N.I Executive and its workings very well.
It explains the deep issues with the NI Executive and how the differences and the system itself has led to years of problems which don't look to be sorted any time soon
A BBC analysis of where the UK is now using 8 charts to help explain
Mr John Wishart -