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Why I’m a young person who voted for Labour

8 Jun , 2017  

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The current government does not care about young people — particularly poor young people. In fact, they don’t appear to care about immigrants, people of colour, elderly people, primary school children or even themselves for that matter as they conduct a truly terrible campaign.

I say with pride that the first vote I was allowed to cast was for Jeremy Corbyn (and for Labour) because finally there is someone willing to address the short term and unsustainable nature of our country. As someone sitting my A-levels I am, like my classmates, facing the prospect of paying £9000 per year to attend university whilst also being doomed to work either for free or on zero hour contracts. All whilst living in their mother’s basement because no one can afford to move out with Britain still facing a housing crisis that the Tories have yet to tackle. 

I’ll admit that that’s a pretty glum depiction of the current state of affairs, but most people seem to agree that the government needs a radical shakeup, and with that some thought about what Corbyn calls ‘the many not the few’.

While it makes my heart swell with joy to see Corbyn endorsed by the likes of Stormzy, Akala and AJ Tracey, I’m not just down for Labour because JME said so. It is not this that is swaying me and many young people like me to turn out and vote for Corbyn. We want schools that can afford to pay their teachers to educate the next generation’s politicians, doctors and journalists and offer them the best resources upon entering the working world.

We want a society for the many, not for the few. We don’t want people with the skills and inclination to do so to reconsider going into further education because they fear starting their working lives suffocated by debt.

What state is the country in if your children are denied the right to education because schools are facing cuts that prevent them from providing the best? In what condition is the country if higher education and all its benefits become a privilege afforded to a carefree elite? I’ll give you a hint — the country is doomed.

We’ve fallen into a pattern of expecting health services and with that we’ve disregarded the doctors, nurses and services we utilise every day. The NHS is experiencing the largest sustained drop in funding as a percentage of GDP since it was founded and if you were misguided enough to believe that Brexit would lead to an injection of billions of pounds into the NHS *spoiler alert* that didn’t happen and it won’t happen with the Tories. 

With more and more people, particularly young people, afflicted by mental health issues, we need someone with the empathy and determination to sort out the NHS;  Jeremy Corbyn is that guy. The basic factors which lead to good quality of mental health such as housing, education, income and food security are not being addressed under the current government. 10,000 more mental health posts aren’t going to happen if Theresa May doesn’t know the difference between learning difficulties and mental health. All the while slashing funding to crucial mental health services. 

The failure of the NHS is inevitable and inescapable if it is not properly funded. With parts of the NHS being sold of to private health care corporations every year, it’s not too long before the whole system is private and we are hit with an expensive bill every time we need basic medical care.

As I hope many people reading will agree, the Brexit outcome was not one I greeted with enthusiasm so the Tory talk of a ‘hard Brexit’ deeply concerned me. Thankfully Corbyn will accept the Brexit outcome, but negotiate so that we’re not completely cut off from our main source of trade and so that immigrants aren’t vilified for every problem we face along the way.

Worryingly so much of this election and the Tory campaign has been geared towards fear-mongering and garnering hate towards immigration. This is whilst one in four doctors and one in six nurses are immigrants. Do ‘British values’ no longer include the immigrants who make up our multicultural society?

Overall, while it’s my first ever vote, I feel much safer in the hands of a man who wants to rectify so many of the UK’s structural problems. School, healthcare and housing are all aspects of infrastructure which at the moment stand to disadvantage and marginalise many people living in the UK. Labour wants to help people like me have a chance at entering the professional world with a chance so I’m with Corbyn.


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