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I'm voting Labour because it's the only compassionate thing to do

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Since the snap general election was called in April, the majority of the British public have, once again, been in a fit of division, debate, and protest.

I have extremely mixed opinions on the calling of the election; I have tried to read up on the issues at hand and form an opinion based on the facts, and as a result I feel more confident in my involvement in politics. However I also feel calling a general election so soon after the EU Referendum was irresponsible on our prime minister's part.

The aftermath of the referendum was the most divided I've seen Britain in my lifetime, and I'm not so sure we have recovered from the shock result.

All the same, it is an important decision for the British people to make, and I have come to the conclusion that my vote will firmly go to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party.

I was too young to vote in the 2015 General Election, and I will admit I probably would have voted Conservative. This is because I didn't have a voice of my own, and I allowed myself to form my opinions based on what I read in mainstream media. However since the EU referendum, I have set about trying to become more clued up on British politics, how it affects me, and how I can affect it. I have since taken to social media, like many young people, to show support for the party of my choosing, and here's why...

To put it simply, it's down to a matter of principle. Corbyn has proven himself to be a passionate and loyal advocate for young people. He has consistently spoken on how he wants to provide us with the opportunities that will benefit the whole of society.

Corbyn is the only leader in this election who I believe understands what young people want. He wants to scrap tuition fees, save our National Health Service, make a tariff free trade deal with the EU, introduce more bank holidays, support LGBT rights, and help those with mental illness. 

The Conservatives, on the other hand, plan to increase tuition fees yet again, and have made it clear they want a "hard Brexit", whatever that means. They have spoken of controlling how we use the internet, they plan to leave us with the cost of care for our parents and grandparents, and they intend to put fox-hunting to a vote. All of the above mentioned in an appalling manifesto, that not only failed to address how they plan to fund their policies, but was also heavily based around the infamous phrase "strong and stable". I fail to see how a manifesto is any place for propaganda. 

Our current prime minister changed her mind on Brexit, called a snap election after promising not to, refuses to debate live on television, has threated war with Spain, and has openly supported animal cruelty.

Right wing media has tried, and failed, to convince us that Corbyn is weak. If this man is so weak, why is he willing to debate live, why is he attracting crowds far greater than May is, why is he tackling every debate and criticism head on instead of cowering away?

I trust that Corbyn will fight for a more opportunistic future for myself and those worse off than me, whereas the Conservatives have done nothing but limit the opportunities available to young people over the last seven years.

Of course I'm not only voting Labour because of their commitment to providing a better future for my demographic; it's their consideration and empathy for the majority.

I'm voting Labour because I have a voice, and I will not let right wing media tell me it won't count for anything. I'm voting Labour because I don't believe society is best when it only benefits the elite. I'm voting Labour because I can empathise with those who are in unfavourable situations.

I have never relied on a food bank for survival, I have never been homeless, I have never suffered from anxiety or depression, I do not have a physical disability, I have never needed benefits. I am part of a nuclear family, I am hetrosexual, middle class, I completed high school, and I attend university; in fact all of things that our current political system favours, but I cannot stand by whilst people freeze to death on the streets, have to sell their homes to afford care, have to rely on food banks, or are treated differently because of their race, gender, sexuality or ability. 

Granted I could do more to support these causes, couldn't we all? But voting for a political party that has them in mind is a start. A vote for Labour is a vote for compassion, equality, and support.

The bottom line is, I can't be sure on whether Jeremy Corbyn will be any more effective in implementing the policies in his manifesto than Theresa May will with hers, but I would rather have an honest, consistent politician, and an overall decent human being fighting to achieve them, than a dishonest, and in my eyes imcompetent one, who produced an embarrassing manifesto that is full of policies that may harm millions of people.

Mainstream media has been attacking Corbyn since his appointment as Labour leader, and Theresa May may have called this election to push Labour MPs out of parliament, but they have seriously underestimated the power of the British public... and we love an underdog.

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