In addition to all the volunteers who have helped deliver almost 40,000 general election leaflets - as well as County Council election addresses - over the past few days, I would like to especially thank my team with me at Keele University yesterday. There we handed out 2,500 letters encouraging students to register to vote on June 8th.
The timing of this election is not only opportunistic, but cynical, too. At the moment fewer that 300 students on campus are registered under the Government's new system brought in before 2015 (we got it up, but only to 900 last time). By Election Day, students will have finished their exams, and across the country will be starting to drift away. Like 2015, and in the EU Referendum, they won't be able to sound their voice, if they're not on the register, and in many, many cases have not also asked for postal votes. We've still lost 5,000 electors - mostly young people, half from Keele - in Newcastle alone. Don't let the Tories get away with this again! Please share, and encourage everyone over 18 to sign up - at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - and apply for a postal vote, if away, as well.