New figures reveal that in the last year almost one million people have fallen off the Electoral Register, hundreds of thousands of them young people. As a direct consequence of the government’s disastrous electoral reforms and hasty introduction of individual electoral registration, hundreds of thousands of young people across the country risk losing their right to vote. Labour has launched a drive to register a missing million voters who have disappeared from the Electoral Register because of government reforms in the last 12 months.
The General Election this year will give young voters the chance to hold leaders to account on broken promises and it will give them the chance to help shape a better future.
It is bad enough that the Lib Dems have broken their promises on student tuition fees and now they are sitting back while hundreds of young people in Burnley and Padiham risk losing their sacred democratic rights.
Ed Miliband said: “There is nothing more pressing at this election than the future of young people. The future of the country depends on young people and the outcome of this election will determine what kind of future young people have.
Your job, your education, your home, your future depend on who wins this election. This government has betrayed young people. I am determined that we can fulfil the Promise of Britain so that the next generation does better than the last. But even before we get to this election, we now know there is a clear and present danger that young people will not even have the right to use their voice.”
I believe very strongly that young people are the future of this country and they need to be listened to, the next Labour Government will go further and give all 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote.
But right now the Labour Party has launched a consultation for the young people of Britain -- an invitation to share their views and opinions about the issues that matter to them. We want to make sure as many young people take this opportunity to be heard. You can take our online consultation here: http://shapeyourfuture.today or get involved in the discussion on twitter #shapeyourfuture or facebook by clicking here