i stood up - a voice for change at the house of lords
A panel at the House of Lords closed LFW and discussed why the youth need to stand up and be counted at the general election this year.
With the General Election on May 7 fast approaching and a mountain of issues including housing, the cost of living and employment affecting young people in the UK, it's more important than ever that you use your vote and get your voice heard. With older generations holding the voting power and 44% of 18-25 year olds, many of them first time voters, still undecided about who to back, any party with the ability to engage with young people in this country may get the surge they need to take them all the way to Downing Street.
I Stood Up - A Time for Questions, held as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics in Sustainability in Fashion invited young people, many from creative backgrounds to voice their concerns, ideas and engage in discussions for causes that were dear to their heart. Despite over 3 million young people eligible to vote for the first time, a recent poll by YouGov called Voice of a Generation showed that just 4% of first time voters felt that senior politicians paid attention to what they had to say, the event yesterday sought to create an environment for their voices to be counted.
The talk and subsequent debate brought together Louise Court, Editor-In-Chief Cosmopolitan magazine; Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion and Pro Vice Chancellor University of the Arts London; Lois McNay, Professor of Theory of Politics Oxford University; Lord Tyler, Liberal Democrat Peer, Alison McGovern MP and Amelia Womack - Deputy Leader of the Green party, and was chaired by Baroness Lola Young with a number of youth from around the UK to discuss sustainability in fashion, the emotional and financial burdens of the creative industries and its effect on young people and how the upcoming election bodes for the future of this generation.
Text Lynette Nylander