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First-time voters: their views

PUBLISHED: 12:18 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:53 25 August 2010

Jessica Pearce

Jessica Pearce

Charity street fundraiser, George Barker 18, from Elephant and Castle, said: I m excited about being able to vote for the first time. I will vote although I m not so involved in politics at the moment, I m hoping my knowledge of politics will develop. I

Charity street fundraiser, George Barker 18, from Elephant and Castle, said: "I'm excited about being able to vote for the first time. I will vote although I'm not so involved in

politics at the moment, I'm hoping my knowledge of politics will develop. I think I'm going to vote Lib Dem but I haven't made up my mind for sure yet. I think 18 is a good age to vote because people younger than that tend not to be so aware of politics.

Student, Jenny Rodrigues, 18, from Lee Green, said: I'm still deciding who to vote for. People are loosing their jobs and we need some more help. I've been looking for a job for a long time, now I'm doing a care course. People are struggling to go to university and they should have a right to be there. I've got my mind set on the Conservatives. I think David Cameron is going to do more than Gordon Brown. I don't see any police on the streets so there needs to be more.

Student, Hannah Neetoo, 20, Plumstead, said: "I'm not sure yet who I'm going to vote for but I'm excited about voting for the first time. Conservatives are too right wing so I'm leaning more towards the Lib Dems. In terms of immigration I think it's a waste putting police at the borders. Recovering from the economic crisis is important to me and issues surrounding education as I'm a student."

Cinema worker, Jessica Pearce, 20, Woolwich, said: I won't be voting, I don't see the point. I don't think people's voice counts, it doesn't make any difference because they make empty promises. Crime is getting worse. We see so many people getting shot. Young people are going out with knives, innocent people are getting killed for nothing.

Another issue which is important to me is education."

Student, Josephine Foday, 18, from Plumstead said: I've been told to vote for Labour, it doesn't matter really that much to me.

Crime and education are important to me. They should try and do something for young people who don't have jobs and to and keep them motivated so they don't commit crime."

Unemployed, Louie Smith, 19, Shooters Hill, said: "They are all going to do a rubbish job. It won't change my situation, it's all false promises and I just think there's no point. They all talk the talk to get themselves in but when they get elected it's a different story. I only have one vote and I don't think that will make much of a difference."

Full-time mother, Hayley Smith, 19, said: "I'm not going to vote. My family usually vote Conservative but Labour always get in. I don't think my votes going to make a difference. There needs to be more discipline in schools, students used to walk all over the teachers when I was at school and there just wasn't any control.

Student, Amelia Bobingdon,17, from Plumstead, said: "I don't know who I want to vote for. The most important thing for me is more jobs for young people. There are a lot of people dropping out of college and there's nothing for them. There needs to be more police in the area. I'd vote for the Tories, I don't trust Labour any more.

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