2017 General Election: where can young voters make the most impact?

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Kingman, David
Intergenerational Foundation
Date of publication
17 May 2017
Children and Young People, Social Policy
Social welfare
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This short report sets out to identify the marginal constituencies in England and Wales where young voters could make the greatest impact at the 2017 general election.

Key points:

  • There are 43 marginal seats where the number of 'new' voters – those who’ve turned 18 since the last election two years ago – exceeds the incumbent MP's majority.
  • Of the 15 seats where 'new' voters outnumber the incumbent’s majority by the biggest margin, 11 belong to the Conservatives and 4 belong to Labour.
  • This research also found that there are 39 marginal seats where the incumbent MP’s majority equates to less than 10% of the number of potential voters aged 18 to 34.


Evidence demonstrates that the Millennial generation is disengaged from electoral politics. The UK suffers from one of the largest gaps between the electoral participation of older and younger people in any developed country. IF argues strongly that the youngest voters in the electorate need to make their voices heard at the ballot box in the 2017 general election if they want to have their say on the big issues that will affect Britain over the next five years.

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