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An ILC-UK and Mile End Institute Debate: If young people ruled the world?...
Maximising the voice of younger people in an ageing society

Dear Colleague,

We are delighted to invite you to this special debate on the electoral influence of different generations in the UK.

Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
17:00 (for 17:30) - 19:30
House of Lords
Palace of Westminster

If you are interested in attending this event, please write to Places will be allocated on Friday, 17th March; If you do not hear from us by close of play Friday, 17th March you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Priority will be given to members of the ILC-UK Partners Programme. If you would like to join the programme, please contact ILC-UK Director David Sinclair at

Recent elections and referenda in the UK have implied a growing intergenerational divide. Older people have voted in larger proportions than younger cohorts leading to vocal concerns from journalists, politicians, and academics that older people are having an increasingly dominant impact on UK politics.

The public debate is getting angrier. The argument goes that older people are benefitting while younger people are finding themselves increasingly politically and socially excluded. Following the EU referendum, The Independent ran a story “How old people have screwed over the younger generation”. Huffington Post ran another under the headline “Young ‘Screwed By Older Generations”.

But how real is this intergenerational divide? During this debate we will explore whether, and how policy can best respond. We will explore:

  • Why are younger people poorly engaged in elections?
  • What does an ageing society mean for the future of participation by younger people?
  • What are the policy solutions: How can we get young people more engaged in elections?
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Andrew HarropGeneral Secretary, Fabian Society
  • Dr Stuart FoxWiserd, Cardiff University
  • Professor Phil CowleyProfessor of Politics, Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Jeannie BristowSenior Sociology and Social Policy LecturerCanterbury Christ Church University
  • Dr James SloamReader in Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Dr Andrew MycockReader in Politics, University of Huddersfield
  • Abby TomlinsonHost of Westminster Abby and Co-Founder of the Milifandom
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