Young people have so much to take on board

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Sam Poole

Some may be voting for their first time, with that important decision on what box to cross on the ballot paper.

We are all curious to see who will be our next prime minister, moulding what will happen in this country and affecting our future.

Who gets elected doesn’t only affect things momentarily, but may have a permanent effect. We should always remember that.

The outcome of a policy or a decision can have an impact on us all regardless of opinion.

Even though young people are a small percentage of the voting turnout, everything that’s decided will have an influence on where we may be in a few years’ time.

Having a basic understanding will eradicate so much division and confusion among young people

The areas I think are important to young people and which should be emphasised more are education, youth engagement with politics and a reassurance of a sustainable future.

In this day and age there are more young people disengaged with politics than aware of what’s happening.

I believe that the importance of politics should be pushed further up in the curriculum, informing young people what it’s all about.

Having a basic understanding will eradicate so much division and confusion among young people.

I think it will also positively change their mindset.

Last Friday, Michael Gove, former education secretary and now Conservative chief whip, was down in Portsmouth.

During his visit, I was given the opportunity to question him on two areas.

Firstly, I asked him how a positive future for young people could be assured under a Conservative government.

Then I addressed the question of politicians being out-of-touch with young people, therefore leading many to feel neglected regarding national and local campaigning.

Mr Gove told me that under a Conservative government young people should be confident of their future.

He said there would be more apprenticeships available, as well as greater opportunity to get on the housing ladder.

He added that the party would push for two million more jobs for young people.

Secondly, he dismissed the claim that politicians are out of touch with young people.

Mr Gove made the point that many MPs are parents and are therefore well-placed to understand the problems of young people.