The League of young voters UK was formed in 2014 to address the challenge that not enough young people are registering and voting in the UK. Young people in the UK are simply not engaging in democracy at the same levels as their older counterparts. In the last general election, for example, only 44% of 18-24 year olds voted in comparison to 76% or 65+ year olds, and current voter registration rates suggest that this trend is set to continue.

The League of Young Voters and has set itself some very clear objectives:

  • 1.5 million more young people to join the electoral register
  • 1.2 million more young people to vote by the end of 2015
  • At least 60% of 16 and 17 year olds voting in the Scottish Referendum
  •  A significant improvement in the way all major political parties communicate with young people

The Coalition is led by a smaller group of organisations that meet regularly to plan and develop the campaign. The Steering Group is open to any member of the Coalition that is willing and able to devote more time and resources to the campaign. The group is chaired by the British Youth Council.

We are also part of a wider European Movement of League of Young Voters across the EU. To find out about this please go to: http://www.youngvoters.eu/eu

Membership of the Coalition is open to any organisation who shares this aim – please contact Jack.Hansen@byc.org.uk or 0845 458 1489 if your organisation wants to join.

The Steering group is made up of:

  • British Youth Council
  • Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Northern Ireland Youth Forum
  • Bite the Ballot
  • Unlock Democracy
  • National Union of Students

The wider coalition comprises of:

  • Barnsley Youth Council and UKYP
  • Basti Ram
  • Birmingham UKYP / Children in Care Council
  • Bristol Youth Council
  • Caerphilly Youth Forum
  • Catch 21
  • Central Bedfordshire UKYP
  • Centrepoint
  • Compass Youth
  • Dudley Youth Service
  • East Sussex Participation Team
  • Electoral Reform Society
  • Epic cic Youth and Children’s Participation team
  • Girlguiding
  • Global Youth Justice
  • Hampshire Youth Voice
  • Hastings Youth Council
  • Intergenerational Foundation
  • Inter-pares
  • Lancashire Youth Council
  • Lewisham Young Mayor
  • LGBT Youth Scotland
  • London Borough of Bexley Youth Council
  • London Borough of Enfield Youth Council and UKYP
  • Luton Youth Council
  • Middlesbrough Council
  • Migrant Rights Network
  • Model Westminster
  • National Council for Voluntary Youth Services
  • National Union of Students
  • North Yorkshire Youth Council (looked after children/care leavers)
  • Northumberland Youth Service (NYS)
  • Oldham Youth Council

  • Operation Black Vote
  • Rochdale Youth Council
  • The Scout Association
  • Sheffield Futures Involvement Team
  • Student Voice
  • Trafford Youth Cabinet
  • UK Youth
  • Unlocking Democracy
  • Uprising
  • vInspired
  • Woodcraft Folk
  • YMCA England
  • Young Advisors
  • Young Greens England and Wales
  • Young Greens Scotland
  • Young NCB


A special thanks to the following in the creation of the LYV campaign

Y Vote music:

Freddie Joachim: freddiejoachim.com

Mellow Orange: melloworange.com

Y Vote performance poets
Will Taylor + Sarah Eliza


This project has been funded by the Youth in Action Programme of the European Union.