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General Election 2017: More Than One Million Young People Register To Vote

It could be seriously good news for Jeremy Corbyn.

23/05/2017 17:06

More than one million young people have registered to vote in the General Election, new figures reveal. 

On registration deadline day alone (May 22), almost 250,000 under 25s applied to join the electoral roll. 

The news has been celebrated as a victory by activists, with more 18-24 year olds signing up to vote than any other age group.  

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At the start of the month, campaign group Hope Not Hate warned that students were set to become the most under-represented group in the election, while others worried the low turnout among young voters seen in the 2015 election would be repeated. 

But Michael Sani, co-founder of youth democracy campaign #TurnUp, called today’s news “huge”, saying it suggested that young people will be a “decisive demographic on June 8”. 

More than 970,000 people between 25 and 34 also signed up for their chance to vote following Theresa May’s snap election announcement on April 18. 

“Time after time, we see that younger voters are political, but in a way that bucks the trend of seeing politics as a game played out in Westminster by a selected few,” Sani said. 

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The figures could be good news for Jeremy Corbyn, with 55% of students vowing to vote for Labour 

“Instead, they are compelled by a politics that focuses on the issues as opposed to the personalities.” 

Yesterday, Corbyn vowed to abolish tuition fees from 2018, while also writing off first year fees for those starting university in September. 

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