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Government urged to push forward on votes for 16-year-old's

CHANGES: Government urged to push forward on votes for 16-year-old's

THE NATIONAL union of Students (NUS) have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to listen to the will of the House of Commons, after they voted '116 to 49' in favour extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds.

The vote, put forward by Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams, shows growing support for the motion as last time MPs debated the issue the vote was lost by just seven.

NUS was a founder member of the 'Votes at 16 coalition' and has long campaigned for young people to be given the chance to vote.

Toni Pearce, NUS Deputy President, said: “Young people should have the opportunity to choose to vote for those who really support their causes, to hold politicians to account, and to withdraw their votes from those who don’t.

“This needs to come alongside some real and meaningful political education in schools and colleges, but perhaps a bold move to take 16 and 17 year olds seriously could end the abdication of responsibility in this area, and end the patronising lip service young people are so often paid by figures of authority.

They continued: “It’s time for David Cameron to understand that lowering the voting age is an idea whose time has come. 16 and 17 year olds are likely to be voting in the Scottish referendum and they should be able to take part in votes throughout the whole UK.”

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