At 18 people are able to vote in UK elections. But only 42% percent of 18-24 year olds do.
Why? Because they feel politics is a waste of time, their vote won’t make a difference and politicians are corrupt and never listen to them anyway. And there are no young MPs to express their point of view.
Please fill in this survey and let me know what you think
Every aspect of your lives is influenced by politics – from how much your car insurance costs, to whether you can afford to get a house, or even to move out of home at all, and why you will soon have to stay in full time education until you’re 19 whether you want it or not.
40 % of 18-24 year olds leave Dorset because they can’t get work or afford to live here. I think that’s a scandal.
Governments assume that young people who struggle to find a job, buy or even rent a house or get the right kind of training, don’t matter because they don’t get active in political parties or organisations that political parties listen to. I want to change that.
I have an 18-year-old daughter and a 16 year-old son. They make it quite clear that I should listen to what matters to them. I’ve also spent 18 years working in secondary and college education – if nothing else it’s taught me to respect the opinions of the students I worked with every day.
The survey here was designed by young people for young people. I’m standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2015 general election and I’d like to know what you think even if you don’t intend to vote - so please fill in this survey.