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First-time voters make their mark in Hornsey and Wood Green

PUBLISHED: 22:05 07 May 2015

Rowan Clements

Rowan Clements

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First-time voters have been flocking to polling stations across Hornsey and Wood Green to make their mark for the first time.

Daisy HartDaisy Hart

Young people have been more engaged than ever at this election, thanks in part to politics being thrust into the 21st century with the help of TV debates, social media, political selfies, and outspoken celebrity backers.

It has been predicted that today’s election could see one of the highest turn outs at the polls in recent history, with more than 70 per cent of Britons expected to vote, compared to 65 per cent in 2010.

Young voters said they were motivated to have their say by issues such as the bedroom tax, zero-hours contracts, NHS privatisation, and university fees.

Highgate School student Louis Sagar, 18, said: “I voted Labour because they’re going to lower university fees, and I also don’t want the NHS privatised.

Louis SagarLouis Sagar

“It was the first time I’d felt powerful in our democracy, it felt good.”

Daisy Hart, 18, who studies politics at A-level at Highgate Wood School and lives in Ridge Road, Crouch End, said: “It was good, it was a bit weird, but I was excited to vote, because I take politics for an A-level.

“It felt really good, especially because it’s such a close election, it felt like it mattered what I had to say.

“I voted Labour because I don’t want the Conservatives to get into power.

Alex RobinsonAlex Robinson

“Although I agree with a lot of Green Party policies I don’t want a Tory government, so the best way is to vote for a Labour government.”

Rowan Clements, 19, who lives in Crouch Hill and studies at university in Brighton, said she would be voting for the Liberal Democrats.

She said; “I think I’ll vote Lib Dem because I’m not too radical either side, and I took a little test on BuzzFeed and it said vote Lib Dem so I think that’s what I’m going to do.

“They need the votes, so I think it’s only fair.”

Luke GormanLuke Gorman

First time voter Alex Robinson, 18, a Highgate School pupil of Weston Park, Crouch End, voted for Labour.

He said: “It’s fun, it’s quite simple to do. It’s one of those first time things, it’s a landmark.”

Asked what policies had been important to him, Alex said: “I think in Hornsey and Wood Green it’s Lib Dem or Labour. I just went with my gut instinct.

“I thought zero-hours contracts are quite important and bedroom tax. I don’t think you should have zero-hours contracts, it’s not fair. “Obviously Labour will lower tuition fees, especially with university coming up that’s important. I think possibly some candidates have engaged more than others with young people. I think all my friends are voting.”

Luke Gorman, 18, a Highgate Wood School pupil of Woodland Rise, Muswell Hill, voted for Labour.

He said: “I’m not particularly excited about voting. I’m just voting for what my mum’s voting for, I trust my mum. I’m not really into it, I don’t really follow politics.

“My mum said Labour, so I’m going for that. The candidates did come to my school but I didn’t go to it. I do know the Green Party wants to legalise marijuana, I like that policy.”

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