Stars Call On Young Londoners To Make History At The UK’s Biggest Youth Voting Registration
London, 26th March 2012 - Bite the Ballot supported by Spirit Of London Awards, UpRise and the Community Channel’s London360 launches ‘Youth Vote London’.
Bite The Ballot’s campaign is calling on young people to be a part of the biggest voting registration rally ever held in the UK, on 14th April, at the legendary Ministry of Sound from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
The aims of the day are to inspire young people to register, be an active part of the UK’s democracy and use the power of their vote to create the changes they need and want. Entertainment will include special guest-speakers, actors, musicians, comedians, DJs, mayoral candidates Ken Livingstone, Siobhan Benita, Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones.
Youth Vote London’s supporters include Alesha Dixon, Ashley Walters, Estelle, Twilight’s Judi Shekoni, Westlife’s Mark Feehily, Rizzle Kicks, Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, Treasure Island’s Shaun Parkes, Eastenders’ Preeya Kalidas, Tanya Franks, Tinie Tempah and Wretch32.
Speaking out to encourage young people to support ‘Youth Vote London’, Tinie Tempah said, ''Lead the change and register to vote on 14th April. Be part of the solution; use your vote. Young people are the future and have the power to make a change!''
Young Londoner, Usaama Kaweesa, added,
A vote is not just a cross on a ballot. It’s about our future and the future of our country. The change we want to see in Britain will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. That’s why I’m going to Bite the Ballot’s rally to get registered to vote and I hope to see loads of other young people there too.
Community Channel’s London360 will air a 30-minute TV and online special, on YOUTUBE from April 2nd and on the Community Channel (Sky 539 /Virgin Media 233 / Freeview 87) from April 16th. The show busts common myths about voting and inspires young people to engage and act by registering their vote at a rally on April 14th - ready for the London Mayoral Election on May 3rd.
London360 have also created a celebrity packed online viral, featuring BAFTA Award winner Adam Deacon, Alesha Dixon, Ashley Walters, Cleo Sol, Estelle, Channel 4 broadcaster Jon Snow, Mark Feehily (Westlife), Mz Bratt, Noel Clarke, Princess Nyah, Eastenders actress Preeya Kaliads, Rizzle Kicks, Radio 1 broadcaster Scott Mills, Sway, Tinie Tempah, Wretch32, and many more.
With the level of disengagement and frustration among young people at an all time high in the UK, the groundbreaking event aims to increase the youth vote in the upcoming London Mayoral elections on May 3rd 2012.
For further information please contact:
Catherine Lyn Scott
Tel: 0203 371 8978
Event Youth Sign up: http://youthvotelondon.eventbrite.co.uk/
Notes to the Editor:
About Youth Vote London: The groundbreaking event is hosted by Bite the Ballot and supported by Spirit Of London Awards, Ministry of Sound and media partner Community Channel’s London360. The day will provide a platform for youth organisations from across London to promote their work and unite in their efforts to champion the voice of younger generations.
Bite the Ballot continues to bridge the gap between everyday young people and politics in the hope that the 2015 General Election and the upcoming mayoral election will have the highest turnout of young voters ever. Bite the Ballot is a grass-roots movement aiming to play a key role in inspiring engagement of everyday young people.
Yes we can! @BitetheBallot #YouthVoteLondon