Young people should seize the chance to vote

The polls show the outcome of the election is too close to call. Picture: Getty

The polls show the outcome of the election is too close to call. Picture: Getty

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YOUNG people could decide the next UK government. It’s that simple. We have a huge opportunity to ensure that the issues that are important to us take centre stage with only a few days left before the general election.

The referendum in Scotland sparked a renewed interest in politics and democratic processes among young people. More than ever before, politicians had to go the extra mile to engage young people about the issues that matter most to them. The general election should be no different.

At the Scottish Youth Parliament, we champion the importance of civic and political participation. We passionately believe that young people should be participants in democratic processes. Traditionally, we have always said that it doesn’t matter what the election is, it is important to vote no matter what. However, I cannot help but see the unique opportunity presented to us in this election.

A recent poll conducted by YouGov suggests that 68 per cent of young voters between the ages of 18-24 will definitely vote. As a group of voters, our views and choices matter in this election.

With the polls showing that the outcome of the election is too close to call, and with the likelihood of a hung parliament increasing by the day, there is a massive opportunity for young people in Scotland, and across the rest of the UK, to push the parties on the issues that matter most to us.

By the end of the next parliament, many of us will be seeking our first job, buying our first house, starting a family and so on. It’s important that we recognise the impact our votes can have on many of these issues over the next five years.

Whatever matters to you, you as a young voter have the opportunity to get the answers you need to decide who you should vote for in this election. Make no mistake about it, the candidates need your vote.

With a few days left, I would urge the young people in Scotland and the rest of the UK to grasp this election by the scruff of its neck, and ensure it delivers better outcomes for you, and other young people in your area.

No matter your views, or what issues are important to you, make sure you vote tomorrow.

Louise Cameron MSYP is chairwoman of the Scottish Youth Parliament

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