Votes at 16

At 16 You Can Have Sex With Your MP - But You Can't Vote For Them!

Cat Smith | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics
Cat Smith

To build a healthy democracy we need young people to be engaged and to feel valued. We also want out political system to recognise the abilities of young people, which is why votes at 16 is so important.

I Had a Party and EU Were Not Invited

Robbiie Young | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Robbiie Young

Our work should not stop with the EU referendum. Instead we should work to ensure all young people are provided with both the information and opportunity to participate in our democracy. Over the next year, I will be campaigning and lobbying the government to lower the voting age to 16. I will also be working with student unions, the government and other stakeholders to improve voter registration and mitigate the risks associated with individual electoral enrolment.

After Brexit, What Next for Britain's Youth?

Amelia Womack | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Womack

Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.

Why Is Age Discrimination Still Acceptable in Modern Britain?

Bradley Allsop | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

My generation is caught in a vicious circle. For the most part, we are disillusioned with a political system that constantly lets us down, but of course when that disillusionment unsurprisingly translates in to less engagement, it gives the system free license to neglect or even actively discriminate against us all the more.

Votes at 16: The Government Are on the Wrong Side of History

Lord Tyler | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Tyler

Today, as we vote in the Lords to expand the electorate, the Government has many questions it should prepare to answer. So far they have avoided the debate, hiding behind their majority in the Commons to silence progress. The evidence has shown they are on the wrong side of history and today we wall call on them again to give young people the voice they deserve.

The Waugh Zone December 14, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday December 14, 2015… 1) GETTING OUR BOJO BACK No.10 is successfully promoting its plans to overhaul...

The Waugh Zone December 8, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday December 8, 2015… 1) TRUMP-TON RIOTS Donald Trump has done it again, this time calling for a ‘...

'Votes At 16' EU Referendum Plan Blocked By Govt

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron is facing fresh accusations of ‘arrogance’ after it emerged the Government is set to kill off plans to give 16 and 17-year-olds the ...

Votes at 16: Extending the Hand of Democracy to the Young

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

By extending the vote to this often left-behind age group, we let them know that their voices matter, that they can and do have a role in sowing the seeds of political change. Coupled with a strong curriculum of citizenship lessons in schools, votes for 16- and 17-year-olds has the potential to instil in them a lifetime of political engagement and participation.

The Waugh Zone July 16, 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday July 16, 2015... 1) SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND When John Humphrys said this morning that “Health...

Votes For 16-year-olds A Step Closer After Lords Back Election Reform

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Politics

Votes for 16 and 17 year olds took a major step closer tonight after the House of Lords backed the change. Labour and Lib Dem peers joined forces t...

Votes At 16: Will David Cameron Have To Give In Sooner Or Later?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron’s refusal to give the vote to 16- and 17-year-olds is facing a fresh test under a new plan to extend the franchise for council electio...

I Was a Tory - Until I Educated Myself

Louise Wilson | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

I have a confession: I once was a Tory supporter. Or at least, I thought I was. This is going back a decade, when I was in my early teens and just beginning to pay attention to the world outside my own life.

Why the EU Referendum Is the Perfect Time for Votes at 16

Georgia Elander | Posted 22.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

Opponents of Europe and defenders of the status quo alike will seek to keep this issue out of the hands of young people. But if this referendum is to truly settle the question of Europe for our generation, they must be enfranchised.

The Vote at 16 Is Coming - Will the UK Be Ready?

Ben Bowman | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Bowman

Political parties are right to worry that young people are marginalised. Representation, however, is a two-way street. If we want to rebuild the connection between young people and political institutions, institutions and the policy makers within them must wake up to their burden of responsibility to represent young citizens...

Labour Is the Only Party Committed to Giving Young People the Opportunity to Shape Our Country

Furqan Naeem | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Furqan Naeem

Politicians are beginning to wake up to the fact that they can no longer silence the younger generations. For far too long young people in our country have been taken for granted with a view that they are not passionate, engaged or informed enough to shape it and its future.