Entertainment > Stars encourage young people to vote in general election

Posted on June 8, 2017

Jeremy ‘Stormzy’ Corbyn tells Theresa May to shut up

Meissa Haouari explores why young people are starting take an interest in democracy
According to a forecast on the 1st of June by YouGov, 71% of young people aged 18 to 24 would vote Labour in the general election while only 15% would vote for Conservatives. This may be because Labour is offering a lot for young people, for example abolishing tuition fees completely, raising the minimum wage to £10 and lowering the voting age to 16.

There have been numerous social media campaigns that may have triggered the surge in young people registering to vote. For example, a song mocking Theresa May has gone viral on the Internet, hitting more than 2.5 million views on YouTube and has even reached number 4 in the Official Singles Charts.

Also, posters have been put up around Croydon saying, “Stormzy says vote Labour!”

Stormzy is a popular rapper amongst young people and has clearly had an effect on what party they will vote for.

Stormzy supports Labour

There has even been a remix of his ‘Shut Up’ song, featuring Jeremy Corbyn giving a speech.

Snapchat released a filter in the UK telling people to register to vote.
“Find your voice!” it said, “Register to vote by 22nd May!”

What I think
I think that the reason why so many young people are going to vote for Labour is because this party is willing to take us into account, and address the issues that are really affecting young people such as debt, unemployment and housing problems.

I also think that it is really good that popular figures are reaching out to young people, because it will help encourage us to take part in the decision for the future of Britain, and like they say, “every vote counts”.

What do you think? Please comment below!

Meissa Haouari
Meissa is a student at Westminster Academy. She likes watching crime dramas and writing about current affairs. When she leaves school she would like to become a journalist.



2 Responses to Stars encourage young people to vote in general election

  1. Shakira June 9, 2017 at 11:39 am #

    …Awkward posters though (I think politics should be less about a personal competition between May and Corbyn … especially now that they might have to work together in a hung parliament) But, still, its great that over 70% of young people voted in this election, and hopefully we do it again!

  2. Zach November 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    It’s interesting to see that 71% of young people in the UK would vote Labour in the next general election, and I think due to the involvement of celebrities and pop culture references, the party is gaining a lot of influence with the younger people.

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