In a city of 30,000 university students, housing and poverty are higher up the agenda than Brexit
For the first time in his life, Musah Stamburi will walk into a polling station next month and exercise his democratic right to vote in a general election. It’s a significant moment for the 22-year-old, who arrived in the UK six years ago from Zimbabwe and is now in the third year of a degree in public relations and communications.
Stamburi is one of more than 30,000 university students in the port city of Southampton, where he lives in the Itchen constituency held by the Conservatives with a majority of just 31 votes. “This year I’m definitely voting,” says Stamburi, who lives with his mother. “This time I feel we all have to – because everything is a mess from Brexit.”