Youths turned out in force to vote and put Prime Min­is­ter May’s fu­ture in doubt

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GENERAL ELECTION 2017 -

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.”

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