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British Prime Minister: Why the Tories fear young voters


These days many young Britons are eligible to vote. For the party of Boris Johnson this is a problem: It is considered old, stuffy and white.

These days many young Britons are eligible to vote. For the party of Boris Johnson this is a problem: It is considered old, stuffy and white.

Generation Y

September 24, 2019, 8:29 am

When Boris Johnson announced that he wanted to be re-elected on October 15, he was probably not just trying to enforce his Brexit plans. Several British media wrote that the Prime Minister did something else: British youth.

At the end of September, thousands of young Britons start studying. At their new place of residence, the Freshers, as the freshman in Britain, must first register in the electoral roll to vote, that's the rules. The sooner the election takes place, the less will it be possible - this thought should have driven Johnson, at least the media reported, citing his staff.

Ultimately, Johnson could not enforce his plan, the parliament rejected an application for early elections. And yet, his wish says a lot about the current political situation in Britain. The Conservatives seem to fear young voters - rightly so.

The British Conservative Party has long struggled to win over young people. One could even say that their base is dying out: In 2017, payments to the party, which came from the wills of deceased followers, amounted to 1.69 million pounds (about 1.9 million euros) - twice as much as the party's Membership fees of living party members. It's not surprising to see the donations of the dead from the lives of the dead as a glimpse at the demographics of the Tory supporters: According to the Party Member Project study, over half of the 160,000 party members are older than 55, nearly 40 percent have their own 66th birthday already behind.

No politics for young people

Stephen Canning, 26, is a member of the Conservative Party. At age 18, he was elected Councilor Essex, a district just outside London. In addition, Canning works for YoungConservatives, the party's youth organization. "Alsjunges member of the Conservative Party is not at first glance what you should stand for," says Canning. "We have nothing to offer what young people can believe in." A number of conservative measures - increasing tuition fees or cutting housing allowances for young people, for example - are not well received by young women voters. Although Canning finds it right that the party does not "spend too much or promises too much," that will be fine incompatible with the optimism of many young voters.

"We have nothing to offer what young people can believe in." Stephen Canning, member of the Conservative Party

The largest contender of the conservatives, the Labor Party, meanwhile attracts many young voters. It promises, for example, the abolition of tuition fees - measures that Canning calls a "free a la carte buffet for all". "The Conservative Party offers sandwiches for five pounds a piece," he says. "Since the young people just prefer to use the buffet." The customer review has been automatically translated from German.

The fact that the charm offensive of theLabour party has succeeded against young voters, was particularly evident in the recent parliamentary elections in June 2017. The Labor Party, chaired by Jeremy Corbyn, found support from 66 percent of 18- to 19-year-olds, 62 percent of 20-24 year olds and 63 percent of 25-29 year olds, according to a post-election poll by YouGov market research institute. In the same age groups, conservatives received only 19.22 and 23 percent respectively of the votes.

Source: zeit

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