Young voters may have shifted the general election result

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It is Britain’s second hung parliament of the 21st Century and Chloe Desave asks if May’s failed gamble was down to the youth vote.

We woke up two weeks ago with a hung parliament similarly to the 2010 election where we saw the coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

There was talk on Twitter from the president of the National Union of Students and Labour MP David Lammy that there was a turnout of 72% of 18-25 year olds, however figures had not been confirmed until recently.

Last week, YouGov stated: ‘For every 10 years older a voter is, their chance of voting Tory increases by around nine points and the chance of them voting Labour decreases by nine points. 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.’

Nonetheless, they also revealed that, despite the optimism for a surge in young voters, they are still far less likely to vote than their elders. This year, 58% of 18-24 year-olds voted compared to 79% among 60+.

Yet it is not entirely negative because it is significant progress from previous years as according to Ipso mori, in 2015 only 44% of young people voted and in 2010, only 43%. Plus, it was not far from being the biggest turnout ever by youth voters which was 64% during the Brexit referendum.

This surge in young voters could have benefited the Labour party gain more and more seats in areas that are highly populated by under 25’s and students, as stated by the Independent.

Young people’s support of the left wing party is largely due to Labour’s manifesto policies which appealed to the younger generation by including the pledge to scrap tuition fees and increase the minimum wage.

If this year’s turnout is accurate, then we have seen a substantial difference in the amount of young people putting crosses on ballot papers.

Sheffield Hallam has a high student population and was a key seat as well as where we saw the ex-Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg lose his seat to Vince Cable.

There was also the shock of the Canterbury result which is also a highly populated student town. Conservatives have held the seat since 1918, however it swiftly turned red for Labour.

Looking at the results for our own constituency, Conservatives dominated the Dorset area where we saw the re-election of Tobias Ellwood for Bournemouth East and Conor Burns for Bournemouth West.

Look at our Snap Election: As Told By You with stories from students across Bournemouth on their views on politics.