Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats
Friday, November 03, 2017
Conservative MPs block Votes at 16 by talking out debate
The Liberal Democrats have criticised Conservative MPs for blocking proposals to give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote today.
A parliamentary vote on the issue today was shelved due to a lack of time, after several Conservative MPs made lengthy speeches on the previous topic of debate.
Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine commented:
“Conservative MPs have shamefully talked out this attempt to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote.
“It’s ironic that a debate about expanding democracy should end in such an undemocratic way.
“The Conservatives claim that young people don’t have the political maturity to vote, but have acted themselves in a deeply immature way.
“In Scotland we’ve seen 16 and 17-year-olds bring a fresh, enthusiastic approach which has invigorated the elections they’ve been involved in.
“We will keep fighting for Votes at 16 to give young people a say over their future, including this government’s extreme Brexit plans.”
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