Representation of the people Act 2020

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That this House passes the legislation at Third Reading

Poll ended at Wed Jul 07, 2021 5:59 pm

Aye
10
53%
No
7
37%
Abstain
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5%
Admin
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5%
 
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Representation of the people Act 2020

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Representation of the People Act 2020

Issue: Over the past few years there has been growing debate on lowering the voting age to sixteen years old in the United Kingdom.

Intervention and Implementation: The Secretary of State will lower the voting age to sixteen years old for the following elections:

United Kingdom General Elections
Nationwide referenda
Local elections in England.
Mr Speaker,

Over the last few years, including the lead up to local and general elections there have been more and more people demanding that 16 and 17 year olds can vote.

Today, the Liberal Democrats give parliament the chance to enshrine this into law.

We deem 16-year-olds adult enough to join the army, to have sex, get married, leave home and work full-time, yet there is a burning injustice that 16 and 17 year olds cannot vote.

Today is the day we change that.

Through the representation of the people act, the voting age will be lowered to the age of 16, which will apply to all United Kingdom General Elections, all local elections and all referenda.

I say this to every MP in parliament, under 100 years ago Emily Pankhurst moved heaven and earth to ensure women had the right to vote, from 1970 the voting age was
lowered from 21 to 18. In the last Scottish referendum, 16 year olds were allowed to vote for the very first time and only in that specific election.

Now I know that there may be those who are skeptical, particularly from the Conservative party of allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote. What I will say is the Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson, openly changed her position from being against to then allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote on reflection following the Scottish referendum. I ask all MPs, particularly those on Conservative benches, to reflect on the fact that society is changing, it is not fit for purpose that 16 and 17 year olds cannot vote when they are allowed to do other things, it’s nonsensical.

Today, ladies and gentlemen, will be the beginning of a real opportunity and a real chance for 16 and 17 year olds to be able to rightfully vote on their future, in future elections.

I beg this bill be read a second time
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(Ooc: the above was all meant to say 2021)
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Mr Speaker,

I would like to note in this debate that so far the Liberal Democrats are the only party who have even bothered to speak in this debate.

I think the Conservatives, Labour and MPs from other parties are seriously letting down 16 and 17 year olds by not speaking in this debate, presenting their case for or against this bill.

If the Conservatives or the Labour Party want the support of 16 or 17 year olds at the general election, which will no doubt arrive in due course, they might want to consider actually bothering to show up to discuss this issue.
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Re: Representation of the people Act 2020

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ORDER!

The Ayes to the Right, 313
The Noes to the Left, 319

The Noes have it, the Noes have it!

Unlock.

Breakdown (Aye/No/Abstain)

Con - 30/259/10
Lab - 226/20
SNP - 31/0
Lib - 14/0
DUP - 0/10
CUK - 0/7
SF - Abstain
Plaid - 4/0
Alba - 0/4
Greens - 2/0
UKIP - 0/2
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