Rotherham students urged to register to vote

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Rotherham councillor Chris Read visited Rotherham College to talk to students about the importance of voting.

With voting among young people declining, the Rotherham Council Leader encouraged students to vote in the local elections in May and the EU referendum in June.

Students were also given the opportunity to quiz him and MP Gloria De Piero - the Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration - on local and national issues, including housing, employment, education and immigration.

Ms De Piero said: “It is incredible valuable to hear young peoples’ views on why they are so disengaged with politics.

“The majority do not vote as an act of defiance because they are alienated by politicians. But, actually, that enables politicians to ignore their voice and structure their political agendas to suit other demographics.”

Coun Read said: “Young people must make their voice heard and getting onto the electoral register is the first step.”

Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to find out more about voting.

To vote in the EU referendum on June 23 people need to register by June 7.