Tuesday 16th May 2017
College Runs Voter Registration Sessions before the General Election
The general election campaigns of all the major political parties are now in full swing. To encourage more young voters to engage with the general election and make their voices heard John Leggott College will be running voter registration sessions this Friday.
The sessions will take place in the college’s Margaret Mason Centre, where JLC students will need their National Insurance number to register to vote. Registering to vote takes approximately 5 minutes so can easily be completed in a break between lessons or at lunch time.
During the last general election in 2015 15.7 million people chose not to exercise their right to vote. This meant that non-voters outnumbered the number of people that voted for any individual party. Less than half of under 25s voted, highlighting that young people often feel disengaged from politics in this country.
This is an issue that college Principal Leon Riley feels strongly about.
“This is an excellent opportunity for students to get involved and get their voice heard. If you are eligible to vote please make sure you have registered. We are lucky to have strong links with our local MPs in this area and as a college we are keen to support participation in the general election.”
Former JLC Principal Nic Dakin has been the Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe since 2010 and is standing for re-election on June 8th. He recently visited the college and spoke of the need for young people to register to vote.
“All 18 year olds are able to vote on the 8th of June providing they have registered to vote. It’s also good to register to vote if you’re under 18 because you never know when the next election might be. Anybody over the age of 17 can complete the registration process.”
Conservative candidate Holly Mumby-Croft also gave her support to the college encouraging young people to register to vote in the general election.
“One of the reasons I got involved in politics was because I felt the voice of younger voters was not being heard in the political system. It is really important that young people not only register, but also use their vote on June 8th.”
Members of staff will be in the Margaret Mason Centre on Friday 19th May to assist students in registering to vote at the following times:
- 09:30 – 10:30
- 12:00 – 12:30
- 14:20 – 14:30
The following candidates are standing for election on June 8th in areas that John Leggott College students are usually drawn from.
- Nic Dakin- Labour
- Holly Mumby-Croft- Conservative
- Andrew Talliss- UKIP
- Ryk Downes- Liberal Democrats
Brigg & Goole:
- Terrence Smith- Labour
- Andrew Percy- Conservative
- David Michael Jeffreys- UKIP
- Jerry Lonsdale- Liberal Democrats
- Isabel Pires- Green Party
Cleethorpes (including Barton):
- Peter John Keith- Labour
- Martin Vickers- Conservative
- Tony Blake- UKIP
- Roy Horobin- Liberal Democrat
- Loyd Layton Emmerson- Green Party