Column: Youth have a say on election

Adam Bradford
Adam Bradford
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Sheffield Central has the youngest age of constituents of anywhere in the country.

As a young person myself, passionate about the power of politics to bring about social change, I wanted to hear what young people in our city think about the upcoming election and whether our political parties really represent their views.

Interestingly, though many surveys may have suggested otherwise, Brexit wasn’t so much of a concern.

As a general consensus, young people voted towards staying inside the European Union but it would appear that Theresa May’s handling of Brexit is meeting their approval.

Many were concerned about jobs.

One young person told me: “It’s simply unfair that we have so many international students and they seem to be getting first pick on jobs.”

It’s true, Sheffield is a real hotspot for students and international students.

What do young people think politicians can do to help them feel confident about their futures?

Another said: “There is no pathway for young people to follow. Our education system is old and there just aren’t jobs.

“I want to be able to buy a house in future but I do not know when I will be able to.”

It is worrying that the next generation can’t clearly see their futures, but I do think there is hope, and more so in Sheffield than other parts of the country.

We have fantastic organisations like Sheffield Futures who provide opportunities and encouragement to youth and a forward-thinking educational pathway, including vocational options and industry training at the Sheffield College.

A quarter of a million young people registered to vote on the last possible day this year, which is a promising sign.

Young Sheffielders, use that vote wisely and vote for policy not popularity.