How should politicians and political parties engage with the ‘social-media generation’?
With the election fast approaching, one group everyone expects not to turn out are the young. Politicians and commentators alike wring their hands over young people’s apparent disengagement from and disenchantment with mainstream politics.
But is this fair? Do politicians know how to talk to this 'social media generation'? Is it that young people don't care or that politicians of all stripes turn them off with their attitudes and actions?
How can politicians change this? How should they engage with this coming generation?
The New Statesman, in association with Tata Consultancy Services, have gathered the young politicians who should know and those groups who want you to get out and vote to give you the chance to ask your questions and put your views across.
Join us for our debate:
26th of March. 6.30- 8.00pm
Ollie Middleton - Labours Parliamentary Candidate for Bath, who at the age of 19 will be the youngest MP ever if elected.
Darren Hughes - Deputy Director of the Electoral Reform Society, who served as an MP and Minister in his native New Zealand and now campaigns to make British democracy fairer.
Mike Sani - MD of Bite the Ballot, the group campaigning to get young people registered to vote.
Stephen Bush - Editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s rolling political blog (chair)
More to be announced.