Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Universities Minister, joined with students from Loughborough College and University yesterday as part of National Voter Registration Day.
National Voter Registration day was held right across the country with the aim of ensuring that young people register to vote and don’t lose their voice at this year’s general election.
Liam was joined by Labour’s PPC for Loughborough, Matthew O’Callaghan, where over 10,000 have dropped of the electoral register since 2014.
This follows the launch of Labour’s #shapeyourfuture campaign where the ideas and aspirations of young people are being put at the heart of Labour’s plan for the next generation.
Liam Byrne said: “Over a million people have slipped off the electoral register this year because of government reforms in the last twelve months. And with the changes to how students are now registered, this is particularly an issue in towns such as Loughborough which has a large student population.
“That’s why it’s crucial that MPs and candidates work to encourage voter registration amongst students and young people and I was delighted to have been here in Loughborough for voter registration day.
“Young people are affected by so many issues - education, housing, jobs health, climate change and international development - that it’s so important they are heard. Through the #shapeyourfuture campaign, Labour is determined to show young people that we value their thoughts and ideas and that we can offer hope of a better and fairer future.”
Matthew O’Callaghan, Labour’s PPC for Loughborough said: “Unlike David Cameron and Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband is listening to the next generation. That’s why I have been out and about today meeting with young people, encouraging them to vote, and finding out what they want from the next Labour government.”
Shape Your Future:
Labour’s campaign for #shapeyourfuture has five main elements:
1) Thousands of social media and face to face conversations with young people to help shape Labours programme for Government.
2) Publication of a specific manifesto for young people which will showcase Labour’s offer of a better future and can be used to raise awareness of Labours offer amongst young people.
3) Tackling the crisis of missing voters. Changes to voter registration have led to one million mainly young people dropping off the register in the past twelve months alone.
4) A guarantee that an incoming Labour Government continue to engage young people in the development of existing and new policy ideas.
5) A long term commitment to transform Labours relationship with young people as active citizens, members, and supporters in every community.
The survey can be found at: www.labour.org.uk/shapeyourfuture