Written by Luna Webster
This morning Labour began its “Shape Your Future” campaign, a short online questionaire for young voters intended for Labour to collect young political views and use them in their general election campaign.
This is the first initiative from the main parties this year that directly involves young people. Labour, Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have each faced critisism recently on their lack of involvement with the younger generation.
On the Labour website, Ivan Lewis states that “hundreds of thousands of young people are missing from the electoral register and more than half of young people didn’t even vote in 2010.” He also argues that young people’s opinions tend to be ignored when it comes to politics. But is this just a campaign tactict? Or will Labour continue to try and represent young people if they succeed at the election in May? After all, Labour have the youngest MP candidate this year – George Aylett is only 19 and running for the South West Wiltshire constituency.