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Whatever else you do today, make sure you vote!

by danielbarker on 8 June, 2017

For those who haven’t voted yet, the polls will remain open until 10pm tonight.

This election is on a knife-edge, with different opinion polls telling different stories, mainly because they have made different assumptions about how many young people will turn out to vote. Young people’s votes have never been more important. According to polls only 15% of them favour the Conservatives, yet only 44% are intending to vote.

This vote is potentially the most important one in my lifetime. An overall majority for the Conservatives could well see the end of local government, the NHS and even the UK as we know it. Its time for the silent majority to stand up and be counted.

And for those who are content to accept Brexit, to say ‘we are where we are’, just consider this: once you take into account the number of people on the electoral register who didn’t vote, less than 40% voted for us to leave the EU, yet Theresa May will not only lead us out the EU but out of the Single Market as well. Remember, we’re leaving the EU club with all its benefits; whatever deal is negotiated will be a worse deal than the one we’ve got now. That’s worse for our trade, worse for our jobs, worse for our economy. This is not project fear; this is telling it how it is, how most economists see it – in fact, its just common sense!

But even if you don’t believe all that, there are other reasons why you should vote. Ordinary working people fought for several decades to achieve the vote and women died for it.

In my opinion, if you don’t vote, you shouldn’t moan. If you are not happy with the Government, go and vote! Its the right thing to do.

Content published and promoted by Roy Sheward on behalf of Dan Barker (Liberal Democrats) all at 144 Redhouse Lane, Walsall, WS5 0DB

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