At the end of 2013, the Green Party had a meagre 1,300 youth members; the number has since surpassed the 14,000 figure – a monumental increase in such a short period of time.
The party has been so successful amongst the younger generation a YouGov poll at the end of January showed it was polling at 29% and tied for first place with Labour for the youth vote – ahead of the Conservatives, Lib Dems and UKIP. As of 15 January, the party has more members than UKIP.
So what is drawing British youths to a group failing to even make it onto Ofcom’s major party list?
“Ultimately, they’re attracted to the Greens because we’re different“, says Bradley Allsop, who founded the Northampton University Green Party Society.