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LABOUR’S EMILY BROTHERS BACKS PLANS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

FRIDAY 15 JANUARY 2015

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Emily Brothers has backed the launch of #Shapeyourfuture - Labour’s plan for the next generation.
#Shapeyourfuture will put the ideas and aspirations of young people at the heart of Labour’s plans for the general election and for government.
The Tories and Lib Dems have betrayed young people by trebling tuition fees, scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and leaving 750,000 young people unemployed.
New figures published this week show almost one million voters have disappeared from the Electoral Register in the last year, particularly in towns and cities with large numbers of students and young people.
Labour’s consultation will run from 16th January to 16th February 2015, including lots of activity on National Voter Registration Day on 5 February 2015.
Emily Brothers has called on as many local young people as possible to participate in the consultation by visiting www.labour.org.uk/shapeyourfuture and by tweeting their ideas on the hashtag #ShapeYourFuture. She said:
“In the last year 998 people have fallen off the Electoral Register in Sutton and Cheam. This is a direct consequence of the Government’s decision to ignore warnings that rushing through new individual registration reforms would damage democracy.
“This is nothing less than a scandal. The Government is sitting by and watching a substantial number of young people in Sutton and Cheam lose their democratic rights.
“I’m clear that young people must be heard, loud and clear, in the general election. That’s why I’m determined to do all I can to get local young people back on the electoral register.
“This General Election is an opportunity for young people to shape their future with better policies on housing, jobs and pay. So make sure you have a voice – and then make sure you get heard – because the stakes for your generation are greater than ever.”

In 2014 the number of people on the Electoral Register in the London borough of Sutton was 47,803, falling in 2015 to 46,813 voters.


 

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