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Election 2017: the battle to get young voters engaged

Emma Hutchinson, our Political Correspondent, with the audience at Thomas Gainsborough School Credit: ITV Anglia

You can watch highlights from the debate here.

The battle to engage young voters is a tough one.

Figures show fewer than half of those eligible between the age of 18 to 24 voted in the last election and the number of school leavers on the electoral roll has dropped by more than a quarter in three years.

We're staging a special pre-election debate at the Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard just outside Sudbury.

Students got the chance to quiz leading politicians from our region on the issues that they care about.

Pupils had a chance to put their questions to the panel of politicians Credit: ITV Anglia
Politicians chatted to the children after the debate Credit: ITV Anglia

So why are young people often less interested in politics than their parents and grandparents?

ITV's Elodie Harper went to Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge to find out more. You can watch her story here.

Between now and polling day, parliament is offering free tours for 18 to 24 year olds to encourage them to vote. Just 43 percent of this age group voted in the last general election - compared to 78 percent of those aged 65 and older.

But while free tours may encourage some to the ballot box, any major change is going to be much harder to achieve.

Any young person who wants to register to vote in the election has just four days to do so. You can find out more by clicking here

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