Time for votes at 16 – Willott

January 25, 2013 1:12 PM

Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central and Assistant Government Whip, has welcomed yesterday's vote in favour of lowering the voting age to 16.

The motion, put forward by Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams, urged the Coalition Government to make it legal for 16 and 17-year-olds to vote and was passed by MPs by 119 to 46.

Commenting, Jenny Willott said:

"I have supported giving the right to vote to 16 year olds for several years now, and I am delighted that my Liberal Democrat colleague Stephen Williams has put this issue back on the map.

"The Liberal Democrats want to build a fairer society, and I believe lowering the voting age would be a vital step in the renewal of Britain's democracy.

"16 year olds can already get married, join the army, have sex and even vote in many other elections in the UK. Given that they can already make all these adult decisions, it makes no sense for them not to be able to participate in the democratic process deciding how to run the country in which they live.

"Last night's vote shows there is widespread support for lowering the voting age. I hope that we will now go ahead and put our 16 and 17-year-olds on the same footing as their peers in many other democracies around the world."

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