Could students have the final say at the next election in Milton Keynes?

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Students claim that they could swing the vote in Milton Keynes in 2015 at the next general election

The National Union of Students (NUS) have released new figures showing the 15 marginal seats which could most easily change hands thanks to student voters next year.

And Milton Keynes South is one of those constituencies, where the 5,201 majority of current MP Iain Stewart could be eliminated by the student population.

NUS President Toni Pearce claimed that students were increasingly politicised, and pointed to the Liberal Democrat pledge to abolish tuition fees as one of the reasons why.

He said: “Nick Clegg’s broken tuition fee promise severely undermined trust in politicians, and saying sorry just isn’t good enough. It is perhaps little wonder that our polling suggests only five per cent of students would vote Liberal Democrat.

“Students are the force to be reckoned with at the ballot box. Our ‘New deal’ manifesto covers education, work, and community because students are not single issue voters because we do not have single issues. We endure financial hardships and future debt unimaginable even to the students of ten years ago, and we stand to suffer far worse prospects than our parents. I’d say we’re getting a pretty raw deal, and that’s why are proposing a new one.

“Students hold the key to the next general election, and we will be making sure they use it.”

The NUS claims that there are 191 seats where the number of student voters is larger than the swing needed to overhaul the current MP’s majority.

But while 73 per cent of students are registered to vote only four per cent of them strongly identify with any political party. Their key considerations when deciding who to vote for are the cost of living (80 per cent), health (72 per cent) and employment (72 per cent).