Lower voting age narrowly rejected at youth politics forum

December 20 2015

A DEBATE held in Chipping Sodbury resulted in young people narrowly deciding against giving 16-year-olds the vote.

Matthew Riddle

A DEBATE held in Chipping Sodbury resulted in young people narrowly deciding against giving 16-year-olds the vote.
The event at Chipping Sodbury School was the second youth politics forum to be organised by Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall.
He wanted pupils from across the constituency to be able to discuss relevant and controversial topics, with each session ending in a mock vote on the issue debated.
But despite the close decision against allowing 16-year-olds to vote, most taking part said they would be more inclined to support a change if under-18s had more in-depth information about party politics at GCSE level.
Other group discussions at the forum included the change in GCSE format, transport and young people’s mental health provision in their area.
South Gloucestershire Council leader Matthew Riddle was also at the event to explain how students could get their voice heard and to answer questions on topics such as local housing for young people and South Gloucestershire’s stance on taking in refugees.
Mr Hall said: “I believe the next generation have a wealth of knowledge and understanding that can be extremely helpful to the decision makers in Government.”
He plans to hold the forums several times a year in conjunction with secondary schools in the constituency.