Starmer noted that the effects of the pandemic are disproportionately affecting young people, reflecting particularly on the job market, mental health, and unequal access to education. Starmer also reflected on the closures of youth services which pre-date the pandemic. In response to #iwill Ambassadors Dan Lawes’ question on youth engagement, Starmer affirmed Labour’s support for Members of Youth Parliament (run by The British Youth Council) as well as for lowering the voting age to 16.
The event was chaired by radio presenter Swarzy Macaly and involved a panel of six young people, including #iwill Ambassadors Jonelle Awomoyi, 21 and Dan Lawes, 19. The event was hosted by My Life My Say, in partnership with the #iwill campaign and UK Youth.