Youth Vote London: Mayoral candidates engage with young Londoners at Ministry of Sound

For those who read my last post, you’ll know about the great organisation Bite the Ballot and their recent event, Youth Vote London. For those who haven’t, read more about it here.

The event at Ministry of Sound on Saturday couldn’t have gone off better. With mayoral speeches, entertainment, and question & answer sessions where London’s youth grilled the candidates on their policies, young people in the city finally felt like politics might just be something we can get involved in.

I managed to put together something with some footage from the event, including the mayoral candidate’s speeches. Please note that Jenny Jones, Green Party candidate, was present and did give a great speech just like the others. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it on camera, however, I do have a sound recording (if anyone is interested in reading the transcription, please do not hesitate to get in touch).

Sorry about the horrible sound quality in some parts of the video. I wasn’t using a professional camera and even my editing software is amateur stuff, but hopefully I will be able to invest in a better camera soon and create some higher quality videos. I know there are a couple of mistakes, and I’m so sorry about that (it’s the result of working until 6am). I only realised them after the video had been processed, and if I had gone back to re-process it and try re-uploading it onto YouTube, it would have taken a lot longer to get it on here. I probably could have done a much better job had I had more time, but I wanted to get the footage out there ASAP.

I wish I had more taken more pictures and recorded more footage to be able to accurately portray the incredible atmosphere at the club, but this will have to do. For the record, the event was a massive success and saw hundreds of young people added to the electoral register for the upcoming mayoral elections. For the first time the youth of London felt as though we were really heard and are starting to realise that politics might in fact be something that we can get involved in. In the words of Siobhan Benita, independent candidate: ‘So get out there and vote!’ #youthvotelondon

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