Sheffield students reveal their key election issues

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Sheffield students have launched their manifesto for the forthcoming General Election.

The manifesto was jointly produced by the city’s three students’ unions and represents the views of some 80,000 students.

It will be used by students to question parliamentary candidates going into the elections in May, as well as giving voters an opportunity to know where candidates stand on key issues.

Hot topics include education funding, international students’ rights, the cost of living, housing controls and young peoples’ place in society.

University of Sheffield Students’ Union president Yael Shafritz said: “Again we are seeing political parties and a system that consistently marginalises the needs and concerns of young people and students.

“Instead of waiting around for the parties to offer us something we are demanding the change we want to see.”

Students from Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield College were also involved.

Oxford Prof Danny Dorling, who endorsed the manifesto, said: “If students in a city such as Sheffield - which is also home to one of the party leaders Nick Clegg - can come together in a coordinated way, they can have a proper impact on the political process which will shape their future.”

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