Support for Friday's bill to lower voting age to 16
David Drew MP is backing calls to lower the voting age to 16. The Labour MP for Stroud joined a photocall session at Parliament to show support for Friday's Private Member’s Bill which aims to lower the voting age to 16.
Fair.Vote is a campaign which aims to equal the voting age across the UK to 16. Launched by AoC and NUS, it looks to bring together individuals and organisations from across the UK and politicians of all parties who believe that democracy should be open and fair. The Bill, launched by Peter Kyle MP, Labour MP for Hove, is due to have its second reading in the House of Commons on 11 May 2018.
It has received cross-party support from Nicky Morgan MP and Norman Lamb MP demonstrating a growing political appetite for change. The move would bring UK wide elections in line with Scotland which already has a voting age of 16, and Wales is potentially about to follow suit.
David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “Lowering the voting age to 16- and 17-year-olds is something that should be welcomed by politicians from across the political spectrum given the rise in young people’s participation in politics. With young people’s turnout astonishingly rising in the last General Election, it’s time to think boldly about enhancing Britain’s democracy and the future of our country. In this country you can marry at 16, you can pay taxes at 16, so what’s stopping you from having the right to vote?
David Drew MP said: “16 and 17-year-olds hold many responsibilities in our society, and extending the franchise would engage them in the political affairs, current events, and democratic processes that impact their lives.”
Follow the conversation online @fairvote16 using the hashtags #fairvote16 and #votesat16.