Young people, political participation and the European election


Committee Room 2, House of Lords, Parliament Square, London

Come and debate young people and politics

From 18:00 until 19:30

At House of Lords

Committee Room 2, House of Lords, Parliament Square, London

Rates of electoral participation among young people in the UK are some of the lowest in Europe. A 2013 survey found that only 38% of people aged 18-30 had voted in any political election at the local, regional or national level in the previous 3 years. 

At the same time, successive polls have shown that young people tend to hold more positive views towards the European Union, and a majority of them would vote for Britain to remain a member in the case of a referendum on the country's membership.

So, what impact could low youth political participation have on the future of Britain as a member of the European Union? Are young people finding new and alternative ways to engage? And, ultimately, should young people bother voting at all?

These are just some of the questions which will be tackled by our distinguished speakers, who include:

  • Dr James Sloam, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Michael Sani, Managing Director, Bite the Ballot
  • Seb Dance, Labour candidate in the European Elections in London
  • A representative from British Youth Council (TBC)

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