The current election campaign is intriguing for many of us, not only because there is no clear favourite to win, but because we shall see at least a 150 new faces in parliament.
Many of these faces will be young faces, replacing those who for many years have been at the heart of the establishment. What’s more, approximately four million young people will be eligible to vote for the first time this year, and capturing their votes could be key for whichever party pops the champagne on 7 May.
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is taking part in an event that sets out to show that to engage a new generation of voters, politics are going to have to change. New Voters, New Politics exists precisely to show that candidates need to take the issues of young voters seriously if they wish to gain their support.
CAAT is supporting this event with fifteen other organisations which will allow young voters to grill four high profile politicians from four of the national parties. It will have a ‘Question Time’ type format, and the politicians will face questions relating to issues such as human rights, the environment, fair trade and the arms trade.
With the High Court’s recent decision not to to allow a judicial review hearing against the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) controversial plea bargain settlement with BAE Systems, as requested by CAAT and The Corner House, it’s an opportunity to question politicians on how they plan to bring BAE to justice.
Taking part in the session will be: Hilary Benn (Labour),James Brokenshire (Conservative), Simon Hughes (Liberal Democrat) and Darren Johnson (Green).
New Voters, New Politics is being held at Oasis Centre Hall, opposite Lambeth North tube station.
Date: 27 April
Time: 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
If you are a young voter and have questions for the politicians, we have plenty of seats to fill so book your place now!
Email universities(at)caat*org*uk for more information and to book a spot.