A Conservative win no longer in the bank? Much to the Tories dismay there has been a sudden surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn and The Labour Party this week resulting in them shooting up the polls. In a rapid turn of events Corbyn has been able to capture the attention of many up and down the country following the release of the Labour manifesto, especially those in the 18-24 demographic who are renowned for their political apathy. For instance in the 2015 election 18-24 year olds voted the lowest of any age group at 43% (a huge gap from the 78% of over 65’s that turned up to the polls). This was a trend that appeared to be about to repeat itself as only a week ago the Guardian claimed there had been a 25% decline in school leavers registering to vote. However, it could all be about to change as it has now been reported that on the penultimate day of registration a whopping 90,000 18-24 year olds registered to vote in a 24hr period, so what’s changed and how has Corbyn been able to rally up youth support?
- He stands for change – Corbyn doesn’t represent your average politician and he never has. As a Labour party member (and now leader) he has always been further left than Tony Blair’s “New Labour” central stand point, that the party has become so accustom to. He has protested on multiple occasions for humanitarian causes and he’s now brought this ‘fight for justice’ to the Labour party. Through out his leadership he has claimed that he is for ‘The Many Not the Few” a statement that has been heavily integrated within Labour’s 2017 election campaign and refers to Corbyn’s aim to help ‘the many’ of the everyday working and middle classes, not ‘the few’ elite millionaires.
- Tuition fees – Labour have promised to scrap tuition fees even for those students starting university this summer and halt any further fees for students who have already started their degrees but not yet finished. Despite some backlash from other parties and media outlets on the economical capability of removing tuition fees it is possible and will bring the UK in line with many of our fellow European countries. This a major appeal to many 18-24 year olds who are burdened by the debt of students loans that leaves some not wanting to pursue further education.
- He’s Jer-emy – Not one to shy away from modern culture Corbyn gets amongst the ‘real’ people in our communities, not just fellow politicians and party members. Just last week an online interview via ‘I-D’ emerged between Corbyn and grime star JME (if you’ve not seen it you need to check it out here), this is big news especially at a time when Theresa May’s greatest attempt to reach ‘the people’ was an interview on the One Show (where she made some controversial comments). An array of stars show him support and this speaks volumes to young people especially those disillusioned by politics.
- He’s not a Tory – Sorry to be blunt but its the facts. Young people are generally more liberal than our older generations and they always have been, in the EU referendum the 18-24’s voted the highest of any age group to ‘remain’ and in the 2015 General Election they had the biggest Labour vote of any other age group.
- The plan looks good – Labour has recently unveiled their manifesto and it appears to do what it says on the tin ‘work for the many’. The proposed policy within Labour’s manifesto means that it should benefit and improve the lives for the majority of people, not just for now but in the future and that appeals to us young people as we are the generation that arguably are most affected by these changes. Besides with a National Education Service, better and fairer housing, no tuition fees and improvements for the NHS on the table what’s not to love?
“Don’t let the Conservatives hold Britain back. Let’s build a Britain that works for the many, not the few.” – Jeremy Corbyn
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Don’t forget we can make a change and no matter who you vote for it’s important that you get your voice heard so make sure you head to the ballot on June 8th and cast your vote.