Bedford and Kempston MP Richard Fuller is supporting the launch of a new campaign to get young people voting and be involved in the political process through community action.
Mr Fuller is backing the initiative launched in the House of Commons by youth charity UpRising called My Voice, My Vote, which aims to train Bedford youngsters in leadership, public speaking and campaigning skills.
He said: “I’m pleased to be lending my support to the My Voice, My Vote Campaign to increase young people’s engagement in politics and the democratic process through taking social action. It benefits all of us if young people are engaged in politics and exercise their democratic right.”
It is hoped the campaign, with support from and access to a network of elected representatives, business and civic leaders, will encourage young people to recognise the link between the future of their neighbourhood and the use of their right to vote.
The idea, based on experiences from Canada, is that young people will have a higher propensity to vote if they are engaged in volunteering.
Youth voting has been falling since the 1970s, with only 44 per cent of voters aged between 18-25 voting in the 2010 General Election.