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Why do Young People of Colour feel less represented in UK Politics?

Why do Young People of Colour feel less represented in UK Politics?

By Cat Smith MP and Amira Ismail

Following the launch of our report Time and Time Again, which looks into how young People of Colour view representation in the UK, we wanted to push the conversation further.

One of the most pressing findings from the research was that young People of Colour seem less interested in provoking change through government or Politics. They were more likely to say that it’s important to see representation in the workplace, in our leaders and in the media, and significantly less likely to say that it’s important to see representation in government, when compared to white peers. They also placed emphasis on the private sector (over the public) when asked how they wanted to make change in the world.

To push this further and to have a think about why, we brought together Amira Ismail, who contributed to the Time and Time Again Report, and Cat Smith, MP and Labour’s Shadow Minister for Young People, to have a chat.

You can download the full report at this link.

This interview was written by Cat Smith MP and Amira Ismail for Beatfreeks. It draws on data collected by National Youth Trends from 2000 young people across the UK. You can read more about their thoughts, feelings and innovations by clicking here, and having a mooch about.


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