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Election 2017: Redbridge youth MPs urge peers to exercise their right to vote

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 17 May 2017

Redbridge's cabinet member for children and young people Elaine Norman with new deputy MYP George Thompson and new MYPs Magiesha Maheswaran and Tasnia Chowdhury

Redbridge's cabinet member for children and young people Elaine Norman with new deputy MYP George Thompson and new MYPs Magiesha Maheswaran and Tasnia Chowdhury

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With less than a week to go until the deadline to vote in the general election, two of Redbridge's youth MPs urge the borough's young adults to make their voices heard.

New Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Redbridge, Tasnia ChowdhuryNew Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Redbridge, Tasnia Chowdhury

Tasnia Chowdhury, MYP

It’s more important than ever for the youth to get their concerns and opinions across, as many young people have strong opinions which can easily be heard by just a simple vote. They should be able to have a say in their future since it’s going to affect the world in which they are growing up in. Young people need to join other generations in getting involved in the election, if their disinterest stays that way since they are the next generation, their lack of interest will therefore pass down to the next and that could cause an overall halt in voting altogether, which would ruin the democracy system.

Everyone always says that the government doesn’t listen to us, but we can change that by encouraging voting among us as this gives us the chance to change the future – our future.

If all of these changes are happening, shouldn’t we get a say since we will be the ones affected by them most?

New deputy Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Redbridge, George ThompsonNew deputy Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for Redbridge, George Thompson

George Thompson, deputy MYP

I believe that young people are apathetic towards voting as it is my personal belief that the issues considered to be ‘major’ aren’t so major for young people.

The biggest issue of the day, immigration, is not a major issue for young people, and several polls prove this.

Not to say that immigration is or isn’t an important issue, I am just stating that young people are far more concerned with guaranteed jobs, affordable housing, and a successful education system, things that the policy-makers tend to focus less on.

Redbridge as a borough had the highest percentage turnout by far in the UK in the Make Your Mark ballot, a ballot giving young people the chance to express their views by voting on the issues that matter most to them.

Seventy-four per cent of secondary school and higher education students voted, and it is a great achievement for the borough.

Whichever party leader walks into Downing Street in June, we can all be very sure that the decisions they make will have a great impact on the future of this country.

This is one of the most important general elections in this country’s history. So, if you want an opinion on the future of your country, do yourself a favour, register to vote by Monday, May 22.

To make sure your voice is heard, visit gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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