Opinion polls and expert predictions ahead of the general election suggest that the youth vote could determine the outcome. But who’s planning to represent young people in Westminster? Among 2017’s candidates are a number of under-20s with interests in youth and student issues. We spoke to six of them about their decision to stand on 8 June.
Aimee Challenor, 19: ‘I felt personally let down by the Lib Dems when they didn’t scrap tuition fees’
Challenor is equalities spokesperson for the Green Party, and chair of the LGBTIQA+ Greens group. She is standing in Coventry South.
“A big issue locally is tuition fees. Coventry South is a studenty area with two universities: Coventry University and the University of Warwick. A lot of voters I’ve spoken to are glad to see that there’s someone their age to vote for.
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I’m not a student at the moment myself. I find university just too expensive, which is one of the reasons I’m glad to be standing for the scrapping of fees. I felt personally let down by the Lib Dems when they didn’t. I would have studied geography; I love learning. I think it’s something everyone should have access to.
Trans people are disenfranchised from politics a lot, so I want to stand up for this as a trans woman. I spoke to the Independent the other week about difficulties trans people had registering to vote. We don’t see ourselves represented in politics. We didn’t have any openly trans people in the last parliament or in the House of Lords. We’re setting the course here – me, Helen Belcher and Sarah Brown of the Lib Dems. If you don’t see yourself, you don’t feel listened to. It’s about gaining visibility.”