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  • Council not able to confirm if increased turnout down to more young people voting

    Henry James

    A SPOKESMAN for West Lancs Council says the authority is unable to confirm whether the increased turnout in the borough at the recent General Election was down to more people young people voting.

    The turnout for the poll was 74.41%, up from 70.26% in the 2015 election.

    Nationally, commentators have speculated that many young people had been galvanised into voting by policies put forward by Labour leader,Jeremy Corbyn, particularly a pledge to scrap university tuition fees.

    With this in mind the Champion asked the borough council if an increase in young people voting - especially students from Edge Hill - had helped to swell the turnout figure in West Lancashire where Labour’s Rosie Cooper retained her seat with an increased majority of more than 11,600.

    However, the council spokesman stated: “The council is not able to say whether the increase in turnout at the General Election is due to the number of young people.

    “Strenuous efforts have been made to increase the numbers of those eligible to vote to apply to be entered on the Electoral Register and this has focused on young people to a large extent.

    “With regard to the Edge Hill student population, the council doesn’t keep any data on the total numbers of students living in accommodation off and on the university campus that had voted.”

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