Across the EU, an astounding 7.5 million young people, almost the whole population of London, is out of work.
In London, the picture is even starker. 25% of young people in London are out of work. Most worryingly almost 300,000 young people have been unemployed for over 12 months.
Vulnerable young people often lack the skills or support to secure full time employment, student debt is on the rise, and house prices, particularly in London, have risen meteorically.
It is for this reason that I have joined the Youth Intergroup, which provides a unique opportunity for MEPs across different political parties to come together and work together on successful policies to help young people.
Whether it’s promoting youth participation through initiatives such as ‘Votes at 16’ or guaranteeing anyone under the age of 25 gets a concrete offer of a job, training or education, I will ensure that the rights and concerns of young people are addressed comprehensively in all policies and initiatives in the Parliament.