Yeah, it’s Labour. But we have one Conservative too.
Well it wasn’t going to be the BNP, was it? No, this is the rather unsurprising news that four Labour representing SOAS alumni are up for seats at this year’s snap General Election.
Andy Croy is standing as a candidate in Wokingham; Catherine West MP, who read Chinese Studies at SOAS and is the current Shadow Foreign Minister, is standing for re-election in her constituency seat of Hornsey and Wood Green; and David Lammy MP will be defending his Tottenham seat.
But hold up. Forecast to make some big waves in the political ocean is Jackson NG, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for St. Helens North. This is Jackson’s second attempt to achieve MP status, having run in 2015 in Liverpool Riverside. He studied Law at SOAS and is considered in some quarters to be “one of the most prolific British Chinese people in Britain’s political arena”.
SOAS is well-known for its lively political scene. We were ranked top four for our student politics in the Which? University Student Survey 2016 alongside LSE, Oxford and Sussex.
Recent electoral registration data is showing that young people are the most disenfranchised section of society. Much of this is put down to the fact that in 2014 a new system of individual voter registration was officially introduced to the UK. But apathy towards the political system in general is a major factor.
As a result, the push to get young people to register has been massive. Even a current celebrity status SOAS student, who previously told his large following not to bother with voting, has come out very clearly with the message that your vote is important.
So whichever UK political party you believe would best represent your views/values/politics – be sure to register and be heard. The deadline is 22 May, so if you haven’t already, what on earth are you waiting for…