Beena Patel

1. Will you be voting in the elections on May 7th?


2. Why have you taken this decision?

In order to help make a change for the better in the UK

3. If you have decided to vote, have you decided who you will vote for?


4. Will the majority of your friends (aged 18+) be voting?

I don’t think so – not much discussion on the matter, so I assume not

5. Do you think young people are engaged with politics and feel properly informed about the issues at hand?

No – not enough young people are knowledgeable/interested in key economic issues

6. What issues are most important to you?

Economic growth, more equality, international co-operation

7. When you think of a politician, what are the first three words that come into your head?

Policies, promises & scandals

8. How could a politician appeal to you in order to get your vote?

More concise websites/videos on the key economic/social issues which are going on and how they hope to solve them.

9. What do you think could encourage more young people to get talking about politics?

I feel young people need to understand how much these will affect them in the future in order to understand politicians ideas and who to vote for. More talk on social media and more compulsory education on this in the curriculum.

10. Will you be watching the TV Leadership Debates?

Yes (watched)

11. Which channels most inform your views on politics? (Eg. BBC news, broadsheets, actively seeking party manifestos, social media, TV leadership debates, etc)

BBC news, live TV debates TV programmes associated with this

12. Do you think local councillors in Milton Keynes serve the young population well?

Fairly well – e.g bus services


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