vote-leicester-a4-2De Montfort Students’ Union is hosting an event to inspire students to vote.

The candidates running for Mayor of Leicester will visit the university on Monday, April 27 to debate and answer students’ questions.

The event has been organised by first year Media Production student Ollie McGrath and VP Welfare and Community Rebecca Robson.

Ollie said: “We as young people are a massive proportion of the vote and at the moment we are not taking advantage of our power and if we don’t get involved we will keep being ignored.

“I tried to do an MP debate but they weren’t playing ball so I just thought that as a massive university in the city we should be the one hosting things like this.”

This event is in addition to DSU’s involvement in the register to vote campaign which has worked to raise the number of young people voting in the general election on Thursday, May 7.

Ollie added: “I am of the belief that if we don’t vote then will become insignificant to the politicians.

“If we don’t vote then we have no excuse to moan when they don’t do what we want.”

The candidates currently confirmed at the time of writing are Adrian Charles Barnes from the Liberal Democrats; Paul Bremner from the Conservatives; The Green Party’s Tim Grayson; Current Mayor and Labour party candidate Peter Soulsby, and Barbie Potter from Leicester Independent Councillors Against Cuts.

Rebecca said: “With the general election going on, it’s very easy to focus on the big, national picture and easy to forget that change can be made on a local level too.

“On May 7th, students up and down the country will vote to elect not only MPs, but local Mayors as well and asking questions of these local candidates directly tracks into changes for our city, and our local area.”

The debate will begin at 5.30pm and there will be an opportunity for students to meet the candidates before the event finishes at 7pm.

Ollie added: “Students should go because even though a lot of students don’t care about politics, all the decisions massively affect them so they should get involved.”

The event is free for all students to attend.