MYP speaks to BBC Breakfast about young voters

Ciara Brodie, Member of Youth Parliament for Liverpool spoke to BBC Breakfast following the release of Demos’ Report ‘Tune In, Turn Out’ which suggests that the UK’s political parties need to use social media more to attract voters, especially young voters. Demos’ new report also recognised that young voters are significantly more concerned by living costs and unemployment.

During the interview with the BBC’s Naga Munchetty, Ciara stressed the importance of young people being engaged with politics before reaching the voting age and expressed her strong support for votes at 16.

Ciara’s comments come at a time, when support for votes at 16 is increasing rapidly. Recently we’ve seen number of local authorities passing motions in favour of lowering the voting age, including  Bolton Council, Birmingham City Council and Peterborough Council moving motions in favour, and of course there’s Labour’s most recent pledge to introduce votes for 16 legislation in the first year of a new Parliament, ready for elections in May 2016.

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BYC runs the League of Young Voters campaign, to get 1.2 million more young people voting in the next general election. This would bring the percentage of18-24 year old voters up to the same level as 25 – 34 year olds. As part of that campaign, today we are sharing the findings of a survey of 538 young people aged 13-24. The aim of the survey was to explore young peoples views of political parties communications (were they effective; if they needed to improve; and what would influence their vote in 2015). We focussed on young people’s experiences in the elections that took place in May 2014. The group included voters and non-voters and found that:

1. Most young people (91%) who did not vote felt that parties could do better with communication but 78% said that planned to vote in the General Election.

2. Those who had voted were more favourable but a majority (67%) said parties could do better, but 91% still planned to vote

3. From both group s – following political group or politician on twitter was the most popular activity  57% and 71%

4. However – more traditional forms of communication at the last election were rated even more effective – including televised debate, doorstep canvassing, manifesto, news and meeting the candidate.

5. Votes and non voters alike all agreed on the three key demands from the Parties before the 2015 General Election:

a) Age Specific Website
b) Age Specific manifesto
c) Attending a local public debate/ Question Time of candidates

Find out more about League of Young Voters – our campaign to get more young people voting here.