2017 General Election From A First Time Voter Perspective

Sunday, 21 May 2017


Without a shadow of a doubt, you will know that on June 8th, you will be expected to cast your vote as to who will run our country for the next 5 years.

My Dad has explained politics to me from quite a young age, and I've always been interested to know whats going on in the world. I quite enjoy a good debate about politics, or global issues and I think I get that from my Dad, who likes to play devils advocate quite a lot haha. I was a bit too young to follow the 2010 election, but I did follow it in 2015. And I certainly followed what was going on regarding Brexit, and was very disappointed with the result, like most young people.


This year, is the first time I can vote. I didn't think I'd get to cast my vote until 2020, so to hear that I can actually vote this year, well it was a little bit exciting to me. I wasn't planning on writing a post on this general election, as this is predominantly a beauty blog but come on, this is important! I thought I'd share my perspective on this general election anyway. 

As a young person who fits that 18-24 bracket, I know how important it is to vote. As young people, we need to vote to determine our own futures and the future of this country. But, yano what? It is tough to make an informed decision. I don't have that much life experience, I don't work a full time job, I've never paid tax and I don't fully understand what all of these political policies mean. I do believe that its a little bit easier to make a decision if you're that bit older and have experienced what the government have done for you, and maybe your family as well. But this does not mean we as the younger generation, should not educate ourselves. Each party brings out a new manifesto each time the general election rolls around, so yes we should read it. They can be very longwinded, but some parties give a shortened down version, which means you don't have to read through hundreds of pages to understand what they want to do for the country. 

Sometimes its still hard to comprehend when you aren't at the forefront of paying tax and all that jazz, but its quite clear to see what parties stand for. I don't want to this post to be about my political views, as to be honest, I'm still confused myself. But I do stand for the people, and I want the world to be a more friendly, peaceful place. Thats the basis I'm going to go on when casting my vote. I'm going to go with what I know, and what I personally thinks best for the country and the people around me, and well, myself. And I think thats all you can do really, just try and make an informed decision on what you know. So all I want to say is, that if you're a young person, and maybe this is your first time voting, then just make sure you do that extra research and make a decision you think will benefit our futures. Tomorrow is the deadline for registering to vote, so please, I urge you to sign up here. Everybody's vote counts.

- Lucy

9 comments

  1. This is such a great post!!! I've never been interested in Politics and i've always found it super confusing. But since pre brexit vote I've made sure I have invested time into reading and researching. It is so so important for young people to get involved and ensure their voice is heard!! x

    Abi | abistreetx

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    1. Thank you! It is really confusing to be honest, I definitely agree its so important to get young people involved and get their (our) voices heard!

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  2. What a brilliant unbiased post on politics and the general election! This will be my second time voting in the general election and I'm all kinds of confused just like I was the first time round haha. But as you said, you have to make the decision what's best for you and the other people around you xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh me too to be honest, its really tough to understand when everything seems to be going at a million miles an hour!

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  3. Great post Lucy, you articulated it all really well. This is my second time voting in the general election - I am ashamed to say I didn't vote in 2010 even though I was eligible to, so I really hope young people do turn out to make their voices heard this time. Well done on such a brilliant unbiased post and for making the effort to read up on all the policies, such a great thing to do.
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

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    1. Thank you very much. Well as long as you're voting this time, thats all that matters right?! Thanks again lovely, just thought it was worth writing about since its such a relevant topic right now!

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  4. Loves reading this!! I'll be voting for the first time too!

    Tasha x
    lovefromtasha.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Such a good post! As soon as I was able to vote, I really started to get into politics. Your vote is SO important and it's a shame that so many younger people don't even use it! Super happy that there's been around 2-million registrations to vote!

    BLUSH & NOISE

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  6. I'm in a similar position at the moment! I am so stuck with who to vote for, but like you, I want it to stand for people. Danielle || Miss Danielle

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