18? Getting ready to vote on 7th May? Whatever you do, don’t forget 2011

emilyhewson

If you were 14 or older in 2011, when a number of youth services were being dismantled and specialist provision for young people was dropped overnight, you are likely to be eligible to vote in this year’s General Election.

I know that 4 years is a long period of time in a young person’s life, but don’t forget what happened. It was a really rocky period of time, with closures of youth clubs and angry young people, who were made to feel like second class citizens.

In 2011, I made a speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool. I talked about what was happening in my own local area. Vulnerable young people were left to fend for themselves after services were dropped overnight, and councils were trying to balance their vastly reduced budgets. The Government did not see young people as a priority and just left things as they…

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