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Malia's Diary: Students are a force to be reckoned with in the #GE2017

Friday 19-05-2017 - 00:00

We have been out on the road driving up student voter reg and are working with key organisations to ensure our voices are heard in the general election.

There’s just three days to go for students across the UK to get themselves registered to vote by 11:59am Monday 22 May. We’ve been touring the UK this week to drive home this message - thanks to everyone who’s helped drive the #GenerationVote campaign so far on campus, the will to succeed is immense!Many students dropped off the electoral register when automatic registration was abolished in 2014 and we have been working hard to recapture young people’s voices. Thanks to all of your hard work and the work of partner organisations we’ve teamed up with this week like Bite the Ballot and MLMS.

We still have to keep making the case for politics to young people, lots of students we’ve spoken to on campus in FE and HE across the UK are still disengaged. Many don’t feel that their views are represented or that their vote counts but as we have been telling them, they won’t know until they get involved.

With your help, we can keep making the case and make change happen. We need to demonstrate the power of students as a real force to be reckoned with in this election.

To this end we’re hosting a series of MP Twitter hustings in some of the most marginal seats for students; this week we covered Ealing Central and Acton and next week we are covering Lincoln on 23 May from 1 to 1.30pm, Cardiff North on 24 May from 1 to 1.30pm and Dumfries, Clydesdale and Tweedale on 25 May from 1 to 1.30pm. This is the chance for students to quiz the PPCs in these marginal seats on the issues that matter the most to them. For its part NUS is urging politicians to ensure the rights of international students are protected under Brexit and to invest in education to stop students from straddled with debt through most of their working lives.

With just three days to go until the deadline closes the drive to push up student registration must continue. So please get involved if you can, we need all of you to make this happen. Our#GenerationVote hubcontains everything you might want – resources, briefings, and tools and tips for running your activities. If you need any support please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

It’s time to take back our future, and to do that we must be the generation that registers and votes. The future is in our hands.

Malia Bouattia
NUS President

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