If like me you have a son or daughter who are about to vote for the first time, I am hoping you have been discussing the up and coming election with them!
Some people are not that interested in politics and I fear will not have that conversation about the election, how it works as well ashow they find out who they would like to vote for.
Very few schools or colleges will talk to them about this and those that do will not do so in much detail. There maybe a few more young adults walking around confused as to who all these people are being interview on the TV, or a lot asking "Why are the soaps not on"?
Instead David Cameron appears to be standing there whilst 6 others have an argument!
If you are one of these adults or you know a teen who could do with a little guidance then look no further! I am going to try and remain neutral and impartial during this post, as I have with my daughter Ashleigh when discussing the up and coming election with her!
The first thing is for you to check is are you registered to vote, if you have not already done this then chances are you are not, but don't worry, at the moment its not to late, you have until 20th April (so not long) to do so, good news it can all be done on line. You will need to provide your personal information including your national insurance number so have this to hand. Click below
Ok so you have now registered, well done! The next thing is to be able to find out who is standing in your local area, do you know? If I am honest I struggled initially to find out who was standing in my local area, apart from Labour and the Conservatives I have seen nobody else campaigning which is a shame but is a sign of the times!
Unbelievably there is no official website to find out this information from what I can see, but a group has pulled together this site, which details who is standing in which area.
So you have now registered to vote, and you now know who is available to vote for in your area, so the big questions is who should you vote for? Now if you ask people they will no doubt give you their view and their spin on why x is better than y, but I am a firm believer that you should make up your own mind.
Now if you have been shying away from the Leaders Debates, I recommend you go back and watch them just for some context. They are on BBC iPlayer
If you have been ignoring anything on the news or websites then I highly recommend having a look at voteforpolicies.org.uk, this site is an independent site run by volunteers to help increase participation in elections.
The site will run your through a number of statements from the parties based upon their policies at the end it will show you which parties you agree with and will give you a guide as to the party that appeals to you!
I would then suggest you reach out to those standing and if you have questions ask them? The point to remember is policies from parties are kind of like a wish list of what they would like to do and are not what they will actually do should they get into power!
Don't forget those people wanting your votes in the whole are more media savvy and will be on social media so go and follow them, see what they are talking about. At the end of the date if you vote for them and they win an then don't do once in power what the said they were going to do you will have a better understanding and be able to hold them to account and challenge them.
Your MP's are there to act on your behalf, don't be afraid to make them work for it......