Don’t be a bystander. Register to Vote.

CaJo0pSWIAAR71cNational Voter Registration Drive (NVRD) is an annual campaign, working together with thousands of people around the UK coordinating local activities through which to engage, inform and inspire their communities to register to vote.

Members from UK Youth Voice talk about the importance of politics, voting and why young people should engage in democracy:

Read what they have to say

#HaveYourSay

It’s time to speak up this week as its European Local Democracy Week.

Running from the 12th-15th, European Local Democracy Week (ELDW for short) is an annual European event where local authorities from all the 47 member states of the Council of Europe organise public events to meet and engage with their citizens on issues of current interest. The aim is to promote and foster democratic participation at local level. This year’s theme is ‘Living together in multicultural societies: respect, dialogue, interaction’, with the aim of stressing the importance of local democracy as a route to building a united and democratic Europe.

Find out how you can get involved

Inside the Conservative Party Conference

This year’s Conservative Party Conference was an incredible experience for me as a young adult. There was always an exciting atmosphere wherever you went; whether it be attending a fringe event, watching one of the ministerial speeches, queuing for an event, or just sampling walking around the exhibition zone.

For most of the first two days I based myself in the Youth Zone so I could represent UK Youth at all the various fringe events regarding young people’s issues. One thing that struck me throughout these events was that most of what affects young people is actually the same as the rest of the population: it just has to be articulated in a different way.

It was a great pleasure to shadow the CEO of UK Youth, Anna Smee. At the events she gave some excellent answers about the skills young people need in our increasingly digitised global economy. Conservative MP Chloe Smith, who is an outstanding advocate of youth affairs in Parliament, also did an excellent job of chairing the many panel discussions.

Read more about Joe’s time at the Conservative Conference