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Busting the ‘youthquake’ myth

5 February 2018

Labour’s share of the youth vote did increase in 2017 but this was not down to a ‘youthquake’ or surge in youth turnout. Research by the British Election Study shows, however, that the party did win the support of more young people who voted.

The BBC commissioned a piece by the British Election Study debunking the myth of the ‘youthquake’. The piece, co-writtenby academics in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Manchester, states that there was very little change in the turnout by age group between the 2015 and 2017 elections.

The British Election Study is managed by a consortium of The University of Manchester, The University of Oxford and The University of Nottingham.

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