Votes At 16 Is No Longer A Taboo - In Fact It's The Mainstream View

If you would have said to me just a few years ago that we would be so close to achieving votes for 16 and 17 year-olds, I wouldn’t have believed you. On a good day, I would have called you naïve. On any other day, I might have been less polite. 

Yet it’s true what they say: there are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen. The election last year was one of those moments. It has changed our political landscape for good, and opened up a range of possibilities that would have been unimaginable just a few months before.

Those of us who have been campaigning to win the vote for 16 and 17 year-olds are used to playing the long game – the campaign itself, ironically enough, has just celebrated its 18th birthday.

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Tom Mauchline