Mark Tami MP Backs New Campaign to Boost Young First Time Voter Engagement in Political Process through Community Action

Mark Tami MP has met with the campaign group My Voice, My Vote a new independent campaign group encouraging young first time voters to take social action in their community as a way to encourage their involvement in the democratic process.

The group will be carrying out activities across the UK in the summer of 2014 to train young people in leadership skills and campaigning techniques and then supported to take part in social action within the local community.

Only 44% of voters aged 18-25 voted in the 2010 General election, compared with 76% of voters aged 65 or older. Turnout is particularly low among young women aged 18-25, as only 39% went to the polls compared to 50% of young men of the same age.

Mark Tami, MP for Alyn & Deeside said, ‘I am pleased to support this new campaign, My Voice, My Vote. Turnout for young people has been on the decline since the 1970’s and I hope that this campaign will encourage young people, who may not have felt that they would be heard in their local community, that they do have a voice and in turn they will get involved in the democratic process.