Lib Dems sweep to victory as under 18s go to the polls

July 5, 2010 3:27 PM

Julian HuppertCambridge youngsters gave a resounding vote of confidence to the Liberal Democrats when taking part in mock elections for the under 18s.

They went to the polls in the Y Vote Mock Elections, part of the Hansard Society's Citizenship Education Programme designed to educate and involve young people in parliamentary democracy.

Pupils from four Cambridge schools took part, polling their votes for Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem, Green and the Independents.

The Liberal Democrats swept to victory with 198 votes, leaving the Conservatives trailing in second place with 167 votes and Labour with just 23 votes. The Green Party picked up 99 votes and the Independents 101.

Youngsters took part from Chesterton Community School, Newnham Croft Primary School, St Mary's and St. Faith's.

Across the country, over 250,000 under 18s from 631 schools took part in the mock elections.

Cambridge MP, Julian Huppert said: "This is excellent news. These youngsters are the voters of the future and this result is testament to the fact that Cambridge's young people see the good work that the party is doing in the city.

"It also gives a good indication that their parents are feeding back positive messages about the party which are being picked up by their children."

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