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Pensioners and students protesting outside Queen's University Belfast students' union

Pensioners and students protesting outside Queen's University Belfast students' union

Pensioners and students protesting outside Queen's University Belfast students' union

Gone are the days when you see students out in force the day before an election — holding banners and actively campaigning outside their Student's Union.

Surprising passers-by, a team of pensioners instead took up the stand to canvass their manifesto. Lined up outside Queen's University Belfast Students Union last Wednesday, May 5, they aimed to harness the power of the ‘grey vote’ in the lead up to the general election.

Ivan Baxter, a member of the Pensioners’ Manifesto group, said: “It may seem that this campaign should be of very little interest to our younger generations; however, our today will be their tomorrow if we do not join together in fighting for a decent retirement for all.

“We have been travelling across the province for the last two weeks and are delighted that we have been able to visit South Belfast as the final part of our election campaign road show.”

‘Our today is your tomorrow’ was the main message highlighted, and the group where joined on the day by QUB students who took an active interest in their message.

Laura Hawthorne, from Queen’s Students’ Union, said: “There is a lot of common ground between what students and young people seek representation on and the issues that affect the older generation.

“For example, financial security is a common concern for young people and older people alike. It is important that we have a strong, united, inter-generational voice telling our Government about the things that matter to the ordinary person; no matter what age they are.”

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