Is the “youthquake” of 2017 about to be upstaged? After just a glimpse at the voter registration figures for the upcoming election, it looks as if the next quake might chart even higher on the Richter scale. More than 3 million people registered to vote between the election being called and the deadline – 875,000 more than the same period in 2017 – and two-thirds of them were under 35. There was a lot of debate surrounding 2017’s surge in young voting, including whether or not it actually happened. After a “youthquake” was initially declared after the election, a widely reported paper based on the British Election Study claimed that there was no substantial rise in youth turnout – leading many to declare the “youthquake” a myth. But more recent analysis from political scientists Patrick Sturgis and Will Jennings, indicating a large increase in turnout in 2017 among under-30s, suggests it was real after all. There is also much … [Read more...] about Britain’s young people are radicalised and registered. Will this be our election?
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Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg today declared he “loathes” the idea of offering “baubles” to young people. He said Labour policies targeting the young, such as scrapping tuition fees, in a bid to court their vote were “desperately condescending” And he branded the ideas of "sharing the proceeds of growth" and having a target for overseas aid "all sorts of nonsense." He added: “Of course they want to give everyone free tuition. because they’re socialists. They like spending other people’s money. That’s what socialists do.” And the arch Tory backbencher, who is currently second favourite to be the party's next leader, provoked laughter by admitting: “I was young once. I wasn’t very good at it.” Speaking at a fringe event at Conservative Party Conference, he said: “I loathe this idea that we’ve got to give baubles to young people. I think it is so desperately condescending. Young people are not some … [Read more...] about Jacob Rees-Mogg says he ‘loathes’ the idea of giving ‘baubles’ like free tuition fees to young people
Senior allies of Jeremy Corbyn have questioned the rationale for a fresh Brexit referendum as delegates to the party’s conference in Liverpool agreed a statement committing Labour to keeping the option on the table. After a gruelling five-hour meeting with the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, more than 100 delegates from trade unions and local parties drafted a two-page motion, which members in Liverpool were expected to pass on Tuesday. The key sentence of the final draft says: “If we cannot get a general election Labour must support all options remaining on the table, including campaigning for a public vote.” It adds: “If the government is confident in negotiating a deal that working people, our economy and communities will benefit from, they should not be afraid to put that deal to the public.” Campaigners were pleased with other elements of the two-page statement, including a promise to pursue “full participation in the single … [Read more...] about Labour agrees to keep options open on ‘people’s vote’
Last night, clutching 120 motions and with the chanting of thousands of marchers still ringing in their ears, 100 Labour conference delegates entered a room to consider the wording for a motion on the People’s Vote. The “composite motion” that emerged somewhat different: a “public vote” which looked like an afterthought to securing a general election and offering no commitment to a remain option in such a vote. But let’s not be too quick to compost this composite motion. We should not underplay just what an incredible achievement this is. That this resolution has seen the light of day at all is testimony to the incredible efforts of campaigners across the country and the cross-party support that the People’s Vote has attained. A few notable Labour MPs and trade union leaders have been at the forefront of this campaign and support for the People’s Vote among Labour members has now hit dizzying heights, achieving almost 90% support, … [Read more...] about If Labour wants power, it must commit to a people’s vote on Brexit
Three young people are dead after 91 suspected drug overdoses in Perth across four days, described as the biggest spike in recent memory. A 21-year-old man, who had been at the Metro City nightclub, and two women aged 23 and 25 all died on Saturday, with police yet to determine which substances the trio might have taken. WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson says they were among 91 reported overdose victims between Wednesday and Saturday, adding that he hadn't seen such a heavy toll since Perth was in the grips of a heroin epidemic in the 1990s. A 21-year-old man, who had been at the Metro City nightclub (pictured), and two women aged 23 and 25 all died on Saturday The two women, from Fremantle and Leederville respectively, both showed indications of intravenous drug use and may have taken heroin. They are believed to have separately been at private homes. 'The point I'd stress is there's a bad batch of drugs out there,' Mr Dawson told reporters on Monday. RELATED ARTICLES Previous … [Read more...] about Three people die and more than 90 overdose on drugs in one Australian city over four days as police issue stark warning ‘there’s a bad batch out there’