Chris Elmore, MP for Ogmore, has praised the Welsh Labour Government’s efforts to engage young people with the Welsh political system during an important debate in Parliament.
Jim McMahon MP called a debate in Westminster Hall to examine the case for extending the voting franchise to 16-year-olds at elections across the UK.
Voters in Wales can now case their ballot from the age of 16 at local government elections and cross-party plans at the Welsh Assembly are currently seeking to extend this to the next National Assembly elections in 2021.
During the debate, Chris stated that “people should have a say from the point which they’re required to pay tax” and that 16-year-olds should be given the right to vote across the whole of the UK.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Yet again, the UK Government seems hell bent on disenfranchising young people across our country. At a time when faith in our political system is at such a low ebb, lowering the voting age to 16 would be a really positive way of ensuring young men and women are involved in the important decision-making processes that affect their lives.
“I’m really pleased the Welsh Labour Government are leading the way on this. It’s now time for the Tories in Westminster to put the part politics aside, and give our young people the voice they’re crying out for.”