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Shipley MP's survey finds disaffected youth
Not one 18-year-old in Shipley believes young people are really valued in society, a survey has revealed.
Shipley MP Philip Davies sends a birthday card to every 18-year old in his constituency along with a questionnaire covering issues from politics, to education, security and the country in a bid to engage young people and uncover views on various subjects.
Analysis of the data has shown no respondent strongly agreed that young people were valued in society, nor that cannabis should be legalised.
Most young people in Shipley feel safe on the street, do not want to be more involved with Europe and want Britain to keep the Pound.
Mr Davies said: “I want to show young people I am interested in their views and what they have to say. I ask every single one of them if they want to meet me and I am more than happy to do this and discuss anything they want. It is really important to get their perspective.
“I do it as I want to engage with young voters and the results never are as many would predict. We are concerned young people are turned off Parliament and turned off politics and I think it is important to get young people involved, rather than simply saying it is a problem.”
The survey also showed while more than 77 per cent questioned believed politics impacted on their life, just a quarter said they would like to get involved in politics.
Mr Davies said: “These are the people who were interested enough to send the survey back saying they do not want to get involved. Government and MPs have to do more to engage young people and listen to what they have to say.’’ The students agreed with Mr Davies there was too much political correctness in the world. Nearly all said the NHS was a great asset to the UK.