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If it wants to win next time, Labour can’t just rely on the kids

Young people turned out en masse for the party on 8th June—but if Labour's to approach majority territory, it will need to broaden its electoral appeal. The numbers prove that

By Joe Greenwood  

A young woman outside a polling station in Islington. Photo: Ik Aldama/DPA/PA Images

Going into the election most commentators expected Labour to lose ground. However, the party’s strong performance saw it picking up 30 seats and increasing its majorities across a raft of previously marginal constituencies.

When looking at the reasons for this better-than-expected performance, many have pointed to Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to motivate young people to turn out and vote for his party. But how far does the perception that it was the young that swung things tally…

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