Conservative Party Conference 2022: The Political Participation of the Turkish Diaspora in the UK

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The 2019 UK General Election saw a turnout of around 47% amongst voters aged 18-24, a decrease of 7% when compared to 2017. This is much lower compared to other countries like Germany, which saw a turnout of 68% of voters at a similar age in the 2017 federal election. This can be attributed to the younger generation in the UK feeling disenfranchised and disengaged from the political processes. It is essential that the younger generation are represented in the decision-making process so that they can influence the politics of today and the politics of tomorrow, thus creating better inclusivity and diversity in politics.
On Tuesday 4th October from 13:00-14:00, the Circle Foundation hosted a high-level panel event at Conservative Party Conference to discuss political engagement and participation of the younger generation in the UK. The Circle Foundation is dedicated to empowering the Turkish-speaking diaspora and academic community by creating a platform for political integration and civic and democratic participation. This event focused on the ways in which political engagement and participation of the younger generation can be increased and why this is so important. 
Panel Speakers:
Chair: Peter Cardwell, Political Editor, Talk Radio
Steve Baker MP, UK Minister of State for Northern Ireland
Cllr Cem Kemahli, Councillor for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council
Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky, Runnymede & Weybridge Conservative Association Chairman 
Cllr Kay Isa, Councillor for Chingford Green
Rebecca Deegan, CEO & Founder of I have a Voice

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