Today (Monday 20th April), we’ve released the official responses from parties across the country to our manifesto and the issues young people are calling upon politicians to address. This follows the launch of our General Election manifesto and accompanying video which took place at Parliament last month. Both Labour and The Green Party additionally published Youth Manifestos. Our manifesto sets out our five priorities for the next government; “16: a new for democracy”, “Our minds matter, “Living wage for everyone”, “Save our youth services” and “Teach first aid in schools”. We wrote to 17 parties and eight responded – including The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and The Labour Party, who all responded to our request for their thoughts on our top five issues.
The leaders of all 17 political parties represented in Westminster, European and devolved parliaments were invited to respond to our General Election Manifesto by Friday 10th April. The issues found in our General Election manifesto were selected from BYC’s wider manifesto which is updated yearly at our Annual Council Meeting, and were balloted online to select the top five issues that young people in our 269 member organisations care about the most.