HNC has revealed that groups across the College have been taking part in the national online voter registration ‘Give an X’ event today, which has encouraged students to ensure they are registered to vote before the window closes today, 16 April at 23.59pm.

As a College, we are continuously helping students to understand how using their vote is a key part of ensuring they can influence the issues that matter to them. We also work to encourage them to explore how they can be the voice of young people in politics, and how representation will see them making a difference on the issues that matter.

Recently we welcomed Conservative MP Jason McCartney who met students to talk about his role in politics, with the group also hearing from Labour MP, Kim Leadbeater earlier in the academic year. In the coming weeks we will also welcome prospective Labour candidate Harpreet Uppal to College. In addition to hearing from local politicians, students are also able to experience democracy in action by voting for our Charity of the Year, and standing to become a Head Student, and taking on the opportunity to be the voice of their fellow students.

Today the College has joined the online national ‘Give an X’ event, a non-partisan event that shared inspiring stories about the power of voting, with a chance to take part in a live voter registration. The session featured a number of famous faces, including YouTuber Amelia Dimoldenberg, host of Chicken Shop Date, and famous actors Michael Sheen, Emily Berrington, Billy Bragg, Paapa Essiedu, and Ralf Little.

Catherine Cushnie, Assistant Principal comments: “Through every possible opportunity we work to help our young people to understand that using their vote and therefore their voice is a key way they can shape life in a democratic Britain. It is important that everyone’s voice is heard in our political landscape, and we therefore work hard to ensure every one of our young people register at 16, so they can use their vote as soon as they are eligible. As a College we are determined to play our part in reversing the statistics of falling youth voter turnout. Voting is just one way our young people can play their part in shaping the better future and society they want to see and today’s event was another great opportunity to highlight why playing your personal part in a democratic Britain is so vital.”

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