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Government defeated as Lib Dems win on votes at 16

November 17, 2015 1:44 PM
Votes at 16 at Watford Girls Grammar

Lib Dem Party President Sal Brinton backing Votes at 16 campaign

Peers have backed calls to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to take part in the UK's EU referendum. The House of Lords voted to amend the European Referendum Bill - which paves the way for a poll by the end of 2017 - to extend the franchise, by 293 to 211.

Liberal Democrat peers played a key role in defeating the Government, giving 16 and 17 year olds a voice in the EU referendum. Following the victory, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

"The Liberal Democrats have been fighting for this for decades, and we are winning the argument.

"This is a victory for democracy, we will give over a million people a voice on their future.

"In Scotland 16 and 17 year olds proved that they have they not only have the knowledge but also the enthusiasm to have a say on their own future. Taking that away now would do them an injustice.

"The Government must now listen and act, Cameron cannot turn his back on 1.5 million young adults."

Clive Jones, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate at the 2015 general election says, "During the campaign at The Holt and at St Crispins schools hustings, the candidates were asked for their views on 16 and 17 year olds having the vote. I answered saying I favoured the idea. If someone can marry, join our armed forces or get a job at the age of 16 surely they can be trusted to be able to vote as well. They are engaging with society why shouldn't they have a say its it future.".

ENDS

Contact; Clive Jones, Lib dem candidate for Wokingham in the 2015 General election. 07720275212