Dan Jarvis MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Minister,
visited Loughborough last week to take part in a question and answer session
with students at Loughborough College.
The visit was part of Dan’s ‘nine days, nine regions’ tour where he is visiting key constituencies across the country and talking about Labour’s plans ahead of this year’s general election. Dan joined Labour’s PPC for Loughborough, Matthew O’Callaghan, where he answered questions on a variety of topics including votes at sixteen, tuition fees and jobs for young people.
Speaking after the visit Dan said: “With a million voters missing from the electoral register, many in university towns such as here in Loughborough, young people are in danger of losing their voice and must make themselves heard in this year’s General Election.
“Ed Miliband recently made a speech in Sheffield where he urged universities, government, local authorities and political parties to address the concerns of their generation by showing we can listen and offer better policies with action on low pay, affordable housing, jobs, skills, and climate change.
“The sharp decline in numbers of young people registered to vote is extremely worrying and amplifies a long-term problem which has seen turnout among young people fall dramatically in recent elections. I think it’s therefore vital for politicians to reach out and engage with young people across the country and that’s why I am here today chatting to students at Loughborough College talking about the difference Labour will make.”
Matthew O’Callaghan added: “I was delighted to welcome Dan Jarvis to Loughborough today. I was particularly impressed with the questions that were asked by the students at the College and it was great to hear from them the issues that are important to them, from tuition fees to jobs and housing and green issues.
“It’s vital that our young people have a voice and are heard at this year’s election and I am determined over the coming months to continue listening to all of Loughborough’s young people.”