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Youth voter surge at general election last year didn’t actually happen

Was the ‘youthquake’ a myth? (Picture: Getty)

It was the narrative of last year’s general election: young people turning out in crowds to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

The Oxford English Dictionary even declared ‘youthquake’ their word of the year.

But did it happen?

Not according to the British Election Study, who say it was a myth.

Turnout among young voters was broadly similar to the 2015 poll and may even have decreased, academics found.

Voters under the age of 25 were more likely to vote Labour than ever before but were no more likely to turn out than in previous years, they claimed.