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TEENAGERS ARE LOSING INTEREST IN PARTY POLITICS

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More than a third of teenagers claim to be uninterested in politics, according to a survey of young peoples' attitu...
More than a third of teenagers claim to be uninterested in politics, according to a survey of young peoples' attitudes to voting.

A survey carried out by the National Youth Agency on behalf of minister for children and young people John Denham found 34% of 12-19 year olds claim to be 'not at all interested in politics', and just 39% of 18-24 year olds voted in the last election.

The findings were the preliminary results of a consultation with young people to investigate the reasons for their electoral apathy. The results of further consultations will be put to the government next year.

'A healthy and successful democracy depends on the active participation of all sections of society, that must include young people,' said Mr Denham.

'It is vital we engage with young people and encourage them to take part in our formal democratic processes. We know young people are interested in politics with a small 'p', yet are turning away from mainstream political parties and choosing not to vote.'
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