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Is this a new era for youth political engagement?

Young people are increasingly switched on—but recent progress could easily go into reverse

By Ian Wybron  

Photo: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

If the hype is to be believed, the May 2017 general election may have ushered in a new era for youth political engagement. With the heat of election night over, excited chatter on social media began to point to a completely unanticipated shift—the young were finding their political feet. Figures from Ipsos Mori show that 54 per cent of all 18-24 year olds turned out to vote—an increase of 16 points on 2015. While it’s important to keep perspective—they are some way off being as…

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