Prime Minister Theresa May Just Called a Snap General Election

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Another day, another piece of BREAKING NEWS in the world of UK politics.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Theresa May walked out of 10 Downing Street to deliver a statement to the press. Now, history has shown that when a PM speaks from outside the door of Number 10, it’s because he or she has something very important to say.

Given the events of the past year, the PM could’ve essentially offered anything from her curbside pulpit, from ‘Larry the Cat has died’ to ‘I’m competing in the next Strictly’. But instead – and as the media had speculated – she called a snap General Election for the 8th June.

What does this mean?

On 8th June, the country will vote in what potentially could result in a new Prime Minister. All political parties will put forward a leader and representative candidates in each constituency. Each constituency, that’s your local area, will vote for an MP. The party with the overall majority of elected MPs can form a majority government, and their leader becomes Prime Minister.

This is where you come in. If you’re reading this website, there’s a chance you fall into the 18-24 age bracket. And if you fall into that age bracket, there’s a high chance you have some interest in the various issues that our country currently faces. A general election gives you the chance to address those issues, by allowing you to vote for the candidate who you believe will best represent you.

In the 2010 General Election, less than half of 18-24-year-olds voted. In last summer’s EU Referendum, it was widely reported that only 36 percent of 18-24-year-olds voted. While this figure has been disputed (some data suggests it was roughly 60 percent), one thing is certain: 90 percent of over 65s voted.

If we all want our voices heard then all of us need to vote. If you don’t get involved, then you really can’t complain.
So make sure you register to vote! It’s very easy to do.

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