Students must think politics ahead of elections

Birmingham City University is urging its student community to sign up to register in this year’s General Elections in May

Birmingham City University’s Students’ Union has joined forces with the University of Birmingham to host a live debate at Thinktank Birmingham, offering students the opportunity to put their questions forward to MPs and Councillors from across the city on the issues that really matter to them.

As Professor Cliff Allan, Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University explains, it is crucial that young people get the opportunity to have their say: “We know that in 2010 just 51% of younger voters turned out to vote, compared with 65% nationally, which is a crying shame because the politicians elected today can have so much influence over our country in the decades to come.

“Young people have a clear interest in the whole range of public policy areas, not least in education and employment opportunities, as well as environmental decisions that will shape the world we live in, so I would urge anyone who hasn’t already done so to make sure they register today.

“Birmingham City University is fully behind the National Voter Registration Day and supports the efforts of our Students’ Union to encourage anyone studying with us to make sure they are registered to have their say at the General Election in May.”

 

 

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