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NUS: The Tories use every trick to block 'Under 18' votes


NUS VICE President Rob Young, has responded to the Private Member’s Bill on extending the right to vote to 16 and 17-year-olds.

The controversial decision to let under 18s vote, has been one which has caused difference of opinion for years – but Young feels strongly that the recent election showed a 'burning appetite' amongst young people have their voices – and votes heard.

He said: “The Government have once again demonstrated their contempt for young people by refusing to support a vote on a Bill to extend the right to vote to 16 and 17-year-olds.

“The debate in parliament was a chance for the Government to listen to the voices of young people. Instead, several Conservative MPs lined up to use every trick in the book to scupper the vote.

“The recent general election showed a burning appetite amongst young people to have a say over the decisions which will have a lasting impact on their own lives.

"There is currently an inequity of rights in this country, with young people in Scotland entitled to vote in devolved elections. There is a now an overwhelming case in favour of Votes at 16, and the desperate attempt to block the debate showed that even the Conservatives know that it is now inevitable.

“We will continue to work closely with our members, organisations and politicians committed to breaking down this barrier to democracy for young people.

"The next debate will be heard on the December 1 and we will be working with students up and down the UK to ensure that even more MPs attend the debate and make Votes at 16 a reality.”

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