Youths turned out in force to vote and put Prime Minister May’s future in doubt
MORE than 70% of 18 to 24 year-olds headed to the polls in the General Election, leaving Theresa May’s position as PM far from secure.
Pundits believe a ‘surge’ of youngsters voting for Labour and backing Jeremy Corbyn proved pivotal in the election results.
Some estimates are predicting the turnout among youth voters was as high as 72%, compared to the 43% who voted in the 2015 election.
Labour gained a huge number of seats across the country and many believe it comes down to the divide in opinion over Brexit.
Age breakdowns of the Brexit referendum showed the vast majority of younger people backed Remain, while older people voted Leave.
The result left many praising young people for voting, proving that perhaps the #MyVote Cam- paign was a success.
In the weeks running up to the election, the Advertiser & Examiner launched #MyVote to encourage young voters to make a difference and it seems they were ready for their voices to be heard.
Many people believe a high youth turnout in favour of Mr Corbyn influenced the results.
Labour promised to scrap tuition fees and increase the minimum wage in their manifesto.
Mr Corbyn himself made reference to young people in his acceptance speech after holding his Islington seat.
“Politics has changed,” he said.
“Politics is not going back into the box where it was before.
“What’s happened is people have said they have had quite enough of austerity politics, they have had quite enough of cuts in public expenditure, under funding our health service, under funding our schools and our education service and not giving our young people the chance they deserve in our society.”
People were “voting for hope for the future and turning their backs on austerity”, he said.
In an attack on Mrs May he said: “The Prime Minister called the election because she wanted a mandate.
“Well the mandate she has got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.
“I would have thought that’s enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all the people of this country.”