20 Jun 2017

VIDEO: Andrew Little on the youth vote

8:31 am on 20 June 2017

The Labour Party hopes to benefit from a rise in the youth vote, leader Andrew Little says.

Watch Andrew Little speaking to Morning Report's Susie Ferguson:

Young voters were seen as key to the UK Labour party's increase in seats in this month's general election. Turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds in the British election was put at at 58 percent compared to 43 percent in 2015.

Labour, under leader Jeremy Corbyn, was believed to have benefited most.

Mr Little told Morning Report's Susie Ferguson that Labour's approach was to try to maximise direct voter contact.

Focusing on the right issues also motivated young people to get involved.

Mr Little said large numbers of young people were turning up at the meetings of the party's activists - even those who would not be old enough to vote in September's election.

"It's usually issues of the environment and education and their future.

"Certainly housing features amongst it too."

In Britain, Labour promised to introduce free university education within a year.

Mr Little said the party's policy of three years of free post-school education would be implemented over seven years.

"If we can accelerate or bring it forward, then we will."