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Young people have no knowledge or interest in politics. In the 2010 General Election, 56% of people aged 18-24 did not vote compared to the usual 65% voter turnout. This must change. We demand the government offer young people political education at school so they can have an impact in the future of this country.

Letter to
Coventry City Council Bob Ainsworth
Coventry City Council Geoffrey Robinson
and 1 other
Coventry City Council James Cunningham

Young people are the future. The future doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs of this country. That is inevitable. However, currently youths are not represented in the policies due to low voter turnouts, which is a result of general lack of interest, knowledge or motivation about politics in teenagers. This must change. Generation Voice demand you educate young people about politics in school so they are equipped in the knowledge they need to have an impact on this country.

In the 2010 General Election, 56% of people aged 18 to 24 did not vote. Only 44% of youths had an influence on one of the most important decisions of the country. This is compared to the average 65% voter turnout, as well as the representation of the over 65 - a massive 76%. Not surprisingly, that age group has been favoured comprehensively by politicians: They received free bus travel, free prescriptions, free TV license, winter fuel allowance as well as many others. On the other hand young people they had tuition fees tripled, EMA taken away and youth services slashed. Coincidence?

We want change. Educate the youths of our generation in politics by giving them compulsory lessons in voting and politics during school time. This will mean that when the time comes for them to vote, they'll know the ins and outs of politics, leading to higher voter turnouts. Implementing this will have a positive effect on this country, this democracy and your party. However, your support is essential into turning this idea into a reality.

In just 5 days, our petition has gained over 50 likes and this number is rising. On top of this, our Facebook page is rapidly receiving likes and our cause has received backing from the Coventry Observer and UK Youth Parliament. People care. Do you?