Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire supported a campaign to get young people voting.
On Monday 9 February Bill Wiggin MP supported youth charity vInspired’s Swing the Vote campaign, which aims to encourage more 18-25s using their votes at the 2015 UK general election.
Bill Wiggin MP said: “The choice this May is to decide what sort of County and Country we want to live in and which political parties can deliver a better future.
Voting is a right that has been hard fought for.
It allows people to make their voice heard, to decide how they want to be governed and by whom.
Whichever party you choose to support, whether this is your first opportunity to vote or your twentieth I would encourage each and every person eligible to vote to make your voice heard.”
The event launched new research from vInspired and the Think Tank Demos, Tune In, Turn Out, which presents a detailed look at 18 to 25-year-olds ahead of the general election: whether they plan to vote, what issues are they concerned about, and what policies would make them more likely to vote.
It was also an important opportunity for parliamentarians to meet young constituents, who had invited their MPs to attend. Young people and MPs chatted about issues facing their local communities, as well as how young people in their areas could be inspired to get more involved in politics.
Moira Swinbank, vInspired’s Chief Executive, said: “Young people are not apathetic to things going on around them. Far from it. They are tackling causes they care about in thousands of creative and innovative ways. In fact, 16-to-25-year-olds are more likely to volunteer than any other age group. But they are voting in fewer and fewer numbers, and that is a problem for those in power who will inevitably do the most for the groups that vote them in, but it is also a problem for our democracy, and therefore our society. They are the electorate of the future. And if they don’t start the habit of voting now, who will be voting at all in 40 years’ time?”