Thursday, 6 May 2010

"Grey Vote" Could Decide General Election

By Sunil Patel

East Midland’s voters have backed a university report claiming that older voters will decide today’s general election.

It says that the grey vote will be galvanised to ballot box in Leicester by issues such as the crisis in the long-term sustainability of state pensions, coupled with the raising of the default retirement age.

Before casting their vote, the over 55’s have sought assurances from each of the three main political parties that future NHS budgets will be protected.

Mr Shipley, 73, Leicester, who will vote for the Conservatives on May 6, believes older people need to speak out because there are so many issues which affect them.

He said, “Younger people go out to work and are not always convinced that they can gain major benefits from any of the political parties.”

Mr Shipley feels after 13 years of a Labour the country needs a change in direction with a new government, “Businesses are going to the wall and we are in a serious mess.”

Kay Allen, Leicester, thinks older people have a long tradition of travelling to the ballot box to cast their vote.

She said: “Younger people believe that nothing will change for them whichever party they vote for.

“I’m sick to death of all the election hysteria and I can’t wait until it is all over. “I hope Gordon Brown does not get re-elected he has been there for too long,” Ms Allen added.  
Four out of every 10 votes will be made by people over-55's and they would represent the biggest group voters in marginal seats, according to a study published by De Montfort University last week.

And older voters are also much more likely than their younger counterparts to lobby their local MP.

Photograph from BBC Online.

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