Young people and politics: making a fresh start

You can see the full challenge paper here – young people, and the summary of the NPF discussions at Aston is here – Better Politics.

Conference in September will debate the issue and confirm final policy.


Prior to the Aston meeting of the NPF, the Better Politics Commission had put out a first draft and then a revised “challenge document” – a short document outlining the main issues for this priority issue set by Annual Conference.

The main challenges Labour has to deal with were identified as:

  • Many young people are disengaged from traditional party politics
  • some young people engage with political issues, but through single issue campaigns
  • Political education in schools is generally poor
  • young people do not see politics as representing their interests, identities and communities
  • traditional political communication seems old-fashioned to younger people

After the final NPF meeting at Aston in June 2013, the conclusions agreed were:

  • Labour should improve formal citizenship education in schools and also examine how to provide more opportunities to be educated about participation outside formal education
  • the quality of citizenship education needs to be improved, and party representatives need to get into schools to engage
  • we should lower the voting age to 16


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