Elizabeth Mcleod

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

Yes, definitely

2. Why have you taken this decision?

I think it is important to vote in order to make sure that the views of all individuals are taken into account. The decisions made in parliament will affect my life and so I think it is important that I have a say in what those decisions will be. I also know I’m privileged to have the ability to vote when so many people elsewhere don’t, and I don’t want to ever take that for granted.

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

I have a pretty solid idea of what party best represents my interests but I won’t make any final decisions until after all the debates are finished.

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

Most will, but I also know a few who won’t be.

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

No. It’s very difficult to find out information about politics, it’s not a subject that is covered extensively at school and other means of gathering information such as the newspapers are highly biased, even party manifestos can be difficult to find. Furthermore, a lot of the information available is not easily understood and is tedious to study. This makes it very difficult to make any kind of informed decision.

6. What issues are most important to you?

For me the most important issues are education, health and welfare.

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

White, middle class, male

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

By making the effort to actually engage with young people. We make up a very small percentage of the voting population but our views and opinions are still important. I would also like to see politicians looking at problems such as homelessness and fuel poverty in our society, which are often overlooked in favour of the bigger and more controversial issues. Also, I would definitely support a change in the voting system to either proportional or alternate vote, but I’m not sure that’s likely….

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

Making it more easily accessible. Lots of young people struggle to engage with politics because it just is something they don’t understand. It can seem like something happening far away with issues that don’t seem very important in our lives, and it doesn’t feel as though our votes really matter that much.

10. Will you be watching the TV Leadership Debates?

Definitely.

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 and party manifestos, although some party’s manifestos can be quite difficult to find…

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

I’m not even entirely sure who the local councillors are… so I honestly could not say whether or not they are doing a good job helping the young population!

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