A big surge in the youth vote has proved very significant in this General Election – and The Big Issue played a part.
Just two days ago, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s last pre-election broadcast interview was with The Big Issue live on Facebook. It was hosted by UNILAD, a content-sharing platform with 29 million followers, a huge proportion of which is comprised of young people.
The Labour Leader spoke exclusively to Big Issue editor, Paul McNamee, about some of the most pressing political issues facing the UK – including national security, housing and education. He also discussed whether his cat would like living at No 10! The interview has had over half a million views, and thousands of shares and likes across our website, Facebook and YouTube.
According to Sky News data, the turnout for 18- to 24-year-olds was 66.4%, a substantial rise from the 43% figure in the 2015 general election. The data also records 63% of 18- to 34-year-olds voting Labour, with 27% voting Conservative.
The Chief Executive of UK Youth, Anna Smee, said: “We thought the vote would go up, because we’d done a lot of engagement with youth organisations, and the mood seemed to be changing. The message seemed to be getting through to young people that they could take this opportunity to have their voices heard.