Huppert supports the vote for 16-year-olds

24 January, 2013 No Comments

MP Julian Huppert is supporting a call to the government today (Thursday, January 24) to lower the voting age to 16.

Julian has co-sponsored a motion which, if successful would see 16 and 17-year-olds given the chance to vote in national and local elections.

“Our young people want the chance to play a full part in society and the opportunity to shape the world in which they live and giving them the vote helps them to do that,” said Julian.

“We have laws in this country which allow youngsters to go to full-time work at 16, pay taxes, get married with parental consent and join our armed forces but they don’t have a say within our electoral system; that doesn’t make sense.

“I have spoken to many young people who are extremely interested in politics but who feel their hands are tied because they can’t express their opinions at the ballot box. A change in the law would give them that right and it is long overdue.”

The motion is raised by Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams who missed the chance to change the law on votes for 16-year-olds by just eight votes in 2005.

 

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