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20th May 2017

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The Green Party’s youth manifesto will promise to cancel student debt, crack down on unpaid internships and protect renters when it is announced later today.

Jonathan Bartley at the Green Party Autumn Conference in 2016

The party’s youth policies will include ensuring interns and trainees entitled to the national living wage, introducing a living rent for all through rent controls, ensuring more secure tenancies for private renters, the abolishment of all tuition fees and cancellation of all student debt.

Jonathan Bartley, Green Party co-leader, will launch the party’s youth manifesto alongside the Young Greens at 10am at Cambridge House, Camberwell, London.

Bartley is accusing the Conservative Government of launching “a war on young people, taking public debt and hanging it around the necks of the next generation” whilst “cutting their housing benefit, increasing tuition fees and scrapping education grants. “

Bartley  says: "Young people matter and a political party that fails to work with and listen to young people, that ignores them in favour of older voters, that thinks of the future only in terms of their tenure in office not the lifetime of today’s youth, is not a political party at all but a closed-off clique.

“The Green Party wants to make schools and universities a springboard for life. We’re offering young people a better future, whether it’s a quality education, secure job, or a warm, safe home.

“The Green Party will build a raft for young people negotiating the Brexit storm. Young people have the most to lose from an uncertain future outside the EU, and we’re promising a referendum on the final Brexit deal, with the chance to stay in the EU if voters don’t like the Government’s deal.”

The Green Party’s youngest general election candidate is 18-year-old Lawrence McNally, who is standing in Cities of London and Westminster.

The full Green Party manifesto will be available after the launch. 

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