Natalie Bennett says “we need to make Britain a democracy” in order to combat political apathy and encourage young people to become politically involved.
The former Green Party leader has called for an overhaul of the current first-past-the-post voting system.
“The first thing we need to do to encourage political engagement is to make Britain a democracy. Britain is not a democracy.”
“In the 2015 general election, the Tories got 100 percent of the power with the backing of 24 percent of eligible voters.”
“We have a first-past-the-post-voting system which is just simply not democratic. We need to make Britain a democracy where every person’s vote counts.”
Ms Bennett will be speaking at Millennifest, a one-day festival which aims to engage millennials in politics, which launches in Sheffield this Saturday.
The nation-wide event offers a range of speakers from Sheffield Central Labour MP Paul Bloomfield, to local community workers and musicians.
Natalie Bennett said: “It is important for young people to become politically engaged because it is their world and their future.”
“By that I mean politics with a small p; getting together with friends, family, colleagues and classmates to change the way the environment around them works, so we can improve it.”
“Now is the time we are really going to set the pattern and create the metropolitics for the next few decades. It is crucial that everybody participates in politics, particularly the young people who it affects most.”
The political festival will be held at Sheffield’s DINA on Cambridge Street and was organised by millennial think-tank, Common Vision.
Millennifest’s Events Manager, Poppy Reindorp said: “We want to take back control of the public narrative about millennials as a generation – we are not lazy, avocado-loving snowflakes and there’s lots of real-life, positive stories to tell to counteract those stereotypes.”
“Where conventional political debate often encourages people to take a stand against something in anger, we want to cultivate understanding and shared aspirations for how we can work together to improve society for current and future generations.”