Stephen Williams, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, has urged young voters in Bristol to vote for the Liberal Democrats and to stop a hard Brexit from damaging their futures.
The Liberal Democrats have unveiled a raft of policies to give children and young people a brighter future. These include:
- Helping people buy their first home for the same cost as renting, with a new model of ‘Rent to Own’ homes
- Restoring housing benefit for young people
- Creating a discounted bus pass for 16-21 year olds, giving a 66% discount
- Introducing votes at 16 for elections and referendums across the UK
As well as
- Investing almost £7bn in our schools and colleges, including £43.5m in Bristol
- Doubling the number of businesses that take apprenticeships
- Tripling the early years pupil premium
- Extending free school meals to all primary school students
Stephen Williams said:
"These proposals form part of a package to build a fairer Britain that is open, tolerant and united and it also ensures no child or young person in the city is left behind.
“Young people, just starting out in life, should be excited about the future ahead. But instead, many are worried about their prospects and struggling to get by. It isn’t fair that their futures are being disregarded in the EU negotiations and that they are paying the price for a decision they didn’t make.
“To all the young people in living in Bristol I want to say - you don't have to accept Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn’s hard Brexit coalition that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and hospitals. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party let you down by voting with the Tories on Brexit. He ordered his MPs to vote with the Tories and UKIP in favour of Article 50, despite the Government making no concessions to them whatsoever.
“Nothing is more important to the future of the young voters in this city than Brexit. A hard Brexit deal, with Britain outside the single market, will wreck the future for our children, our economy and our schools and hospitals. That’s why at the heart of the manifesto is a commitment to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal in a referendum. And if you don't like the deal you should be able to reject it and choose to remain in Europe.”