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14 Labour supporting students tell us what they think of the election results


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The National Student has asked Labour voting students how they feel about the results of yesterday's general election, and here's what they have to say:

Lucy Fletcher, a fashion communications student from Liverpool John Moores University, is very pleased about the turn out in younger voters:

"I'm feeling optimistic. With a 72% turn out among young voters and huge Labour swings across the country, it doesn't feel like a Labour majority could be many elections away at all. As for today, I just have my fingers crossed for an unlikely Labour minority government."

Izzy Simmonds, an English lit student at UCL, has watched her constituency turn red for the first time in 176 years:

"The result is the "best" we could have hoped for but I have mixed feelings. Nationally, the uncertainty is very worrying, but locally for me, my constituency has gone Labour after 176 years of Conservatives, which is an incredible result."

Chris Carson, who studies Mechanical Engineering at Strathclyde, says:

"Labour ran a fantastic campaign and got the backing of a lot of British youth. But once again, the bankers and businessmen up in their high castles are oblivious to the problems the Tory government cause because they get to stay rich and watch the rest of the country struggle."

Georgie Harris, a Spanish and politics student at The University of Edinburgh, is also pleased with voter turn out amongst 18-24 year olds:

"I'm extremely proud of the positive campaign Labour ran and we've proven so many critics wrong, clearly massively mobilising 18-24 year olds who felt strongly enough to turn out and vote in this election. I think this whole election has completely backfired on Theresa May and the Tories, but it shows a strong opposition now to whatever government she tries to form."

Jack Griffiths, a marketing student at Liverpool John Moores University, sees this election as a victory:

"I think despite not gaining the majority this was a historic campaign, and a monumental victory, not just for Corbyn and Labour, but for the millions of young people who got their voices heard too."

Emili Peake, a psychology student at UCLan, hopes this is the end of Theresa May's reign:

"I'm really pleased to see more seats go to Labour and other places close the gap. I think we are still going to have a Conservative government, but without Theresa May, which would be fabulous!"

Joanna Xiourouppa, a PR student at Edge Hill University, is also glad to see Theresa May's popularity decline:

"Glad to be seeing Theresa May knocked off her perch - also exceptionally proud of my fellow students for coming together to make a stand."

Becky Craggs, a postgraduate student at The University of Winchester, voted for Labour for the first time yesterday:

"Being a mature student, this was my third General Election and I voted Labour for the first time. My votes previously have gone to Lib Dem, but this time I whole-heartedly stood behind Labour policies.

"As a former teacher, the promises of free school meals for all primary children, allowing teachers to focus their workload on their actual teaching, and ensuring inclusive education were hugely motivating for me. I fully support a society that benefits as many as possible rather than the privileged few, and Labour’s manifesto aligns with this.

"Now the results have come through, I’m feeling fairly optimistic. Of course, Labour haven’t won, but they’ve made great gains and managed to prevent a Conservative majority. Whatever happens next, the increased support for Labour makes me feel much more hopeful for the future of our society. I’m proud to have voted Labour."

Mark Grimes, a medicinal and biological chemistry student at The University of Edinburgh, also voted Labour for the first time yesterday in a safe Tory seat:

"I voted for Labour not because it was the best option, but because it was the least worst option available. They were the least worst because they actually chose to engage with 18-25-year-olds whereas the other parties didn't appear to."

Chloe Thomas, a health and social care student at Swansea University, voted for Labour in her first general election:

"I voted Labour because I want a secure future that I know they can give me. I want to keep the NHS because without it, treatments for my brother's asthma attacks and my grandfather's heart attacks would be unaffordable for myself and my family. I voted for them because they have an interest in the student population in the world and care about how much their tuition fees add up to. Health-care and education are rights, not privileges. I care about the gender pay gap, and have worked 40-42 hour a week contracts where I was being paid between £5 and £6, a sum which for me, definitely is not enough to help get by. Labour honestly give me hope for my future and my children's future, and that isn't being melodramatic, because as their motto states, they are for the many, and not the few."

Sidhant Seth, a medical student at The Univeristy of Edinburgh, was recently elected as Treasurer of the Labour Society:

"It's good to see so many Labour gains and the Tories losing a majority, especially when Theresa May tried to make this all about Brexit. Shows people see past that and vote on the basis of health, education and the rest of the politician's day job."

Charlotte Lauder, a history student at the University of Edinburgh, voted Labour in Scotland:

"Finally we see that the misconceptions about Scotland being a historically leftist-socialist country are over. Indyref2 has split Scotland!"

Abbey Ellis, a classical archaeology masters student at The University of Oxford, took to Twitter to share her voice:

"It was so heartening to see so many young voters on social media getting involved in the election, Corbyn ran a fantastic campaign which really engaged with young people!"

Anneka Honeyball, a film and English student at Southampton University, says she hasn't felt the same dread upon seeing the results as she has at her last two elections:

"I've voted three times in my lifetime and this morning marked a welcome change to the dread and disappointment I've come to expect after an election.

"The glee of watching Theresa May and the Tories squirm all evening as Labour continued to exceed expectations was enthralling. I'm very proud to be a Labour voter and for the first time, (even though my constituency remained a Labour stronghold) I feel hopeful."

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