Cross-party push for votes at 16 and 17

On 11 May, a private members bill to extend the voting age for 16- and 17-year-olds in parliamentary and other elections will have its second reading in the Commons. This is the result of a cross-party effort to engage more young people in our democracy and, with support from all parties, it’s clear there is now a real appetite for reform. That is because we are facing a fundamental inequity of rights in this country.

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Tom Mauchline