More than 300,000 people register to vote in just one day
Yesterday, more than 300,000 people registered to vote in the upcoming UK general election, The Independent has reported.
In what is believed to be the largest surge in pre-election registration in UK political history, that number included over 200,000 people under the age of 35.
The vast majority of the 308,000 registrations were recorded online.
The race to join the electoral roll occurred on the unofficial National Voter Registration Day. This day was declared by campaigners and backed by civil society groups and trade unions, and popularised on social media with the hashtag #RegisterToVote.
Among those signing up to have their voices heard in the December 12th general election were 103,000 under-25s, 103,000 25-34 year-olds, 53,000 35-44 year-olds, 28,500 45-54 year-olds, and approximately 20,000 over-54s.
The figures, released by the Cabinet Office, represent a boost for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, which enjoys its strongest support among younger generations and backed yesterday’s registration drive.
Jeremy Corbyn revealed Labour's "ambitious" manifesto:
The surge occurred on the same day Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn unveiled his 105-page manifesto - a manifesto he called his most "radical and ambitious plan to transform our country".
These are just some of the most ambitious promised Labour included in their manifesto. Is this enough to gain power?
- £75 billion to build 150,000 new council and social homes a year, within five years
- An immediate 5% pay rise for public sector workers, with year-on-year above-inflation pay rises to follow
- Introducing a "real living wage" of at least £10 an hour
- Reviewing the retirement age for people in hard manual jobs
- Introducing a second homes tax
- Reversing inheritance tax cuts and imposing VAT on private school fees
- Giving EU nationals living in the UK the automatic right to stay
- Reinstating 3,000 bus routes that have been cut
- Free broadband for all, delivered by part-nationalizing BT
- A £3bn plan to offer adults in England free access to retraining
- A pledge to reduce all primary school classes to fewer than 30 children
- Free personal at-home care in England for over-65s most in need of it
- A pledge to renew the Trident nuclear deterrent and spend at least 2% of GDP on defense
- Reducing the voting age to 16
When it comes to Brexit, Corbyn says Labour wants to renegotiate a new Brexit deal and develop a close relationship with the EU. This deal will then be put to the people in a "legally binding" referendum, which will also include the option to remain in the EU.