Youth Vote

Young People Turned Up At This General Election - Now's The Time To Keep The Pressure Up

Tim Connor | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Connor

The work is by no means over. An analysis of the election result could just as easily conclude that it was the Conservatives alienating older voters with policies attacking their houses and winter fuel payments that lost them the election. And while Jeremy Corbyn attracted a large youth vote, he still fell well short of being able to form a government.

This Election Woke People Up - It Is The Start Of Something

Rebecca Strickson | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Politics
Rebecca Strickson

Angry, disenfranchised voters who think that everything is the same and nothing they say matters - are finding it actually can, and does. But they've lacked an actual politician who gets it. Who really actually seems to understand that things don't have to be this way; which is not to say things are perfect. There is huge amount of work to do. But this feels like a real start.

Can Young People Really Swing This Election?

Terry Boyce | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Terry Boyce

If you are a young person aged 18 and over, be energised by the fact you have the power to change the direction of this country for the next five years. Think about what you believe in and get out there on Thursday to draw that cross. And take the lead, be a role model - get your friends, networks, acquaintances and enemies alike to do the same.

Politics Won't Change Until Young People Change It

Bill Rammell | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bill Rammell

On 8th June the country will once again go to the polls to decide what kind of Government we want. But if you are under 25, the odds are high that you won't make it to your local polling station.

I Am Young, An Ex-Remainer And Live In A Red Safe Seat - Why Will I Be Voting Conservative?

Nicholas Brown | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Nicholas Brown

Economists use the term 'opportunity cost' to describe the money that you cannot use elsewhere when deciding to allocate funds to one area. Jeremy Corbyn's spending plans epitomise this - there just isn't enough money to do what he wants without driving up debts and taxes!

This Election Isn't For The Young

David Taylor | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
David Taylor

This isn't an election for young people. In fact, I'm not sure there has ever been an election 'for young people'. Except maybe the Student Union elections we see every now and then. And there probably will never be one. There is also no political party for young people.

The Woes of a Disillusioned Young Voter

Beth Gray | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Gray

I am a huge fan of all things politics, yet in our current political situation even I am finding it difficult to take any enjoyment from our government. With a political system that seems to be crumbling around us, is it any surprise that the youth of today are disengaged in politics?

An Overseas Attempt to Combat British Democratic Apathy

Beth Gray | Posted 15.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Gray

The '45ers' will travel to Florida in November during the final week of the Presidential Election to experience the excitement around American politics once more, compiling our findings upon our return in order to produce our legacy report which will outline our suggestions for British political parties as to how they can increase youth engagement.

A New Dawn for Millennial Politics?

Caroline Macfarland | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Macfarland

We have one of the most sophisticated democratic systems in the world. And sometimes we take it for granted. Perhaps this referendum was the wake up call that younger people needed, and it certainly doesn't have to be a pointless one.

The EU Benefits for Young People Hardly Anyone Knows About

Eddie Keough | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Eddie Keough

Being an alumnus of several projects has made me a staunch believer in this cause and in the social benefits EU membership brings to our country. My experiences took me from a relatively aimless graduate with little professional experience to leading international projects both at home and abroad.

Nothing Grey About the EU Issue

Denise Hatton | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

In a recent piece of research undertaken by YMCA looking at what matters most for young people, when asked if the UK should remain part of the EU, 72% of the more than 2,000 young people surveyed said 'yes'.

What I Learned When I Became the Katie Hopkins of the Liberal Pro-EU Left (For a Day)

Paola Buonadonna | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Paola Buonadonna

So far, so fun and games. No threats or violent language or anything. A light day at the office, really, for any aspiring Katie Hopkins of the liberal, pro-EU left. But on a more serious note, here are some interesting considerations that seem to me to emerge from the strength of the reaction and the nature of the criticism.

Cameron's Cowardice in Not Giving 16 and 17-Year-Olds Their Say on Europe

Allan Päll | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Allan Päll

If Mr. Cameron truly does want Britain to remain part of the EU, there's clearly no tactical advantage to be gained from excluding this age group from the referendum. But it's not just about seeing the UK stay in the EU; it is rather about the principle of empowering the broadest range of voters when taking decisions about their future.

Why Young People Don't Vote

One Young World | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

I implore young people in the UK to vote on Thursday 7 May and make their voice heard. I implore young people to use their vote to ensure that political parties use their manifestos to tackle issues that affect young people.

Politics Today, Politechs Tomorrow

Sam Tidswell-Norrish | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Tidswell-Norrish

If we inform our lives at our convenience through technology, and our primary news channel is no longer managed by the traditional broadcasting corporations but has shifted to our rapid social news feeds, then how do we engage future generations in the meatier topics of economics and politics?

Why Forcing Young People to Vote Is Wrong

Usman Butt | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Usman Butt

Each individual has a different politics; a university student studying politics has a different experience of politics than a medical student does. And they both have a difference experience of politics from someone who does not go to university.

Why I'm Not Involving Politicians in My Political Campaign

Danny Bartlett | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

I had become yet another cog in a big political wheel and couldn't escape the feeling that I had cheated those I set out to help at the start of the campaign - the young and apathetic. They don't watch BBC Parliament on a random Tuesday afternoon while this was being broadcast or care if I'm lobbying behind closed doors.

The Government Needs to Get Serious About Digital Elections

Jack Curtis | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jack Curtis

As much as our society is digital, it is every bit as cynical. The next decade will make great strides forward for communication, health, business and sport, but let it also be the decade that politics repairs its broken reputation. Nobody knows what will pick politics up from the gutter, but online voting might just be a start.

Don't Vote in the General Election - #YOLO

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

I want you to vote whatever your vote might be. Enjoy it. It's yours.

Media Coverage of Politics Needs to Change

Stuart Thomson | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

There has been a collective failure to attract a younger audience to politics and current affairs. This is in very large part the fault of the parties themselves. Trying to blame the media would be foolish and wrong. They do, however, have a contribution to make.

Pensioning Off Their Legacy

Dale Bilson | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

In the run up to this year's General Election, the UK's two main parties - Labour and the Conservatives - have traded the usual arguments and insults, drawing their battle lines and going to great lengths to highlight their differences.

Does Anyone Care About the Young Voter Anymore?

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

Parties who want a future will have to work harder to engage Britain's young voters, who feel it is unfair for the rest of society to dump debt and benefits onto them. Strategically, it also makes very little sense to spend so much time and effort on older voters.

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

Young People Are Increasingly Disengaged With Westminster Politics and the Main Parties Are Doing Little to Appeal to Them

Michael Osiyale | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Osiyale

It remains to be seen whether plans to address youth engagement are indicative of a genuine desire to address the issues facing the young, or simply hollow incentives aimed at scraping as many extra votes as possible in the run up to what is set to be an incredibly tightly contested general election.

The Youth in Britain Have Been Ignored for Far Too Long

Phill Hudson | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Phill Hudson

The youth in Britain have been ignored for far too long, how we can be expected to engage in politics when all parties consistently neglect the wants, needs and opinions of the almost 10 million 18-30s of our country is beyond me.