In just 48 hours, young people show they could have a nasty surprise in store for Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson
Support us and go ad-free

Young people might be ensuring that Boris Johnson has a thoroughly miserable Christmas. Because huge numbers of them are registering to vote. In fact, 316,000 people have signed up to vote in the last 48 hours. And 205,900 of them are under 34.

This is particularly bad news for Johnson as, according to YouGov, “age seems to be the new dividing line in British politics”. And young people are much more likely to vote Labour.

The Brexit election

But the news is even worse for Johnson if he’s hoping to win the election on a hard-Brexit platform. Because 71% of those under 25 who voted in the Brexit referendum opted to Remain.

Even more alarming for Johnson is that, among first-time voters, Labour was 47% ahead in 2017. And it’s not just teenagers voting Labour. Because YouGov found that:

The tipping point, that is the age at which a voter is more likely to have voted Conservative than Labour, is now 47 – up from 34 at the start of the campaign.

It shouldn’t be a surprise

No one should be surprised by this support for Labour amongst young people. Voters in this age group have lived with Conservative or coalition governments for most of their adult lives. And these governments have increased tuition fees, destroyed their NHS, and stolen their benefits. At the same time, young people have been priced out of the housing market and told they will likely work for longer than their parents, and for less money. And 36% of all zero-hours contracts are held by those under 25.

But we need to turn this support into votes. The signs are hopeful. In 2017, 64% of people aged 18-24 voted, the highest figure since 1992. And 57% of 18-and-19 year-olds voted. In comparison, in the 2015 election, just 43% of under-24-year-olds voted.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Young people can see the damage the Conservative Party has done to this country. And if this trend continues, Boris Johnson could be facing a massive defeat in December.

Featured image via Wikimedia/Garry Knight

Support us and go ad-free

Get involved

  • Make sure you’re registered to vote. The process is easy and can be completed online.

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us