General Election – We proved them wrong

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I’m breaking my normal schedule today because I am filled with pride. While the General Election didn’t exactly get the result I was hoping for, there was one piece of good news. There was a lot of talk in the last few months about how Millenials won’t vote. For some reason there was a multitude of false reasons about why were, apparently, weren’t going to vote. Some of my favourites were:

  • We’re lazy
  • We’re self obsessed
  • We don’t care
  • We didn’t bother before

Well, yesterday 72% of 18-25 year olds turned up and voted. We were engaged and I firmly believe that it is because of my age bracket that the Conservatives did not get the majority. I’m hoping that this sends a message to the government now. That young people want change and we want to be respected. More than anything I’m proud that people are going to take control of their future. We made a difference.

Now, I am nervous about what is to happen. I don’t think the next 5 years are going to be easy BUT we will get through them. We’ll get through whatever happens with Brexit and we’ll carry on. That’s that. I’m hoping that in the next general election young people continue to vote, I’ll be 27 (!?!?) so not classed as a young voter anymore but I will continue to use my right to vote and encourage others.

Well done Millenials, I’m so proud to be one of you!

Sunday 7: Reasons YOU need to vote

Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote in the UK General Election 2017. But, why should you vote? It’s a difficult time, a snap election has been called and everything feels a bit rushed. I know that a lot of people are irritated and disenfranchised with politics and the government. So, why should you vote?

Because your voice needs to be heard 

We know that there aren’t enough young people in parliament, but that doesn’t mean your voice isn’t heard. Voting means that you can have a voice and be heard.

Because you can make the change you want to see 

Vote in the people you believe will make a difference and change.

Because it helps make the country a better place for you and others like you 

I’ll be voting for what is important for me and the communities that I am a part of. Who will make the country better for your community? If you don’t vote then who else will?

Because every.single.vote.counts. 

There’s no such thing as a wasted vote, your vote could make all the difference.

Because so many sacrificed so that you could 

People died so that you could vote. Don’t forget that.

Because ignoring a problem won’t make it go away

If you have a problem with the way the country is being run, complaining online won’t do anything, actually voting for the person you think is best will.

Because if you don’t, you can’t complain. 

If you don’t vote, you’ve done nothing to try and stop what you want to complain about.

You have until 11.59 on the 22nd May to register, click the link here and make your voice heard. 

Get registering, get voting!

Why You Need to Vote: EU Referendum

Why you need to vote

Tomorrow is the day that we make one of the biggest decisions in British history, whether or not to stay in the EU. While I’ll admit the campaigns have been more than a bit of a shambles and a lot of people still feel unsure or confused about that exit I’m writing to all you guys to urge you to go down to the polling station tomorrow and tick one box or another.

The main reason you need to vote is that people died so that we could have a choice, because we are lucky enough to live in a democracy. There is the old attitude ‘if you don’t vote you can’t complain’ and to some extent I agree BUT what scares me is that a lot of people are believing statistic that have not been proven and it’s become a contest between who can shout the loudest, rather than looking at the key issues. There’s a lot of anger over immigration, people shouting that they want their country back, that we’re run by Germany and blatant racism. I honestly regret how both sides have acted in this and think that it’s actually bought out the worst in our country and that makes me really sad.

I’ll be honest with you, I’m voting in, which is different to the majority of my family I think. I’m voting remain because I’m proud to be a part of the EU, I really like that we’re part of a group of  countries with a rich culture and history and that I can move and travel as much as I want to all these beautiful places. I’m voting remain because even though we have our issues, I don’t think we know enough about what would happen if we leave to our economy and I don’t want to have to live through another recession (my Dad lost his job in 2010, when I was 15) because we guessed we’d be better off. I’m voting in because I believe that immigration makes us stronger, do we need to look at the amount of people we let in and other issues, because I’ve studied with some brilliant minds who are living here because they’re in the EU.

Above all I want to suggest something I saw online today. Suppose you really don’t know what to vote, you’re just looking at it going neither side has really convinced me. IF you vote to remain we have a chance to do this again. We have a chance to tell the EU what we want to do/ how we think it could be improved for members and if they don’t comply and AFTER we’ve done some more research into what will happen we can all vote to go, I’m all for that. At the end of the day I am just urging people to vote, whatever you want make your voice and your vote count.