Press Release on Votes at 16
Dartford Labour Party are calling on the town’s MP Gareth Johnson to vote to in favour of lowering the voting age to 16.
A bill proposing a change in the law that would see a reduction in the voting age to 16 in parliamentary and other elections received its second reading on 3rd November.
Lowering the voting age was pledge in Labour’s manifesto and under Jeremy Corbyn, our party now has the highest membership of 16-24 year olds of any political party in the country.
Youth Officer of Dartford Labour Party, Joshua Grills (above), said:
"It’s time for change. At 16, you are eligible to pay tax, get married or even join the army. You should be able to vote too. 16 is recognised an age of maturity - so why is it not an age when you can vote for whom leads your country and represents you both nationally and locally?
Many young people like me are really engaged in politics right now – we’ve got lots to contribute and we want our voices to be heard. We deserve to be listened to. That’s why I’ve written to Gareth Johnson asking him to support the bill when it reaches the House of Commons for its second reading on Friday 3rd November."
Leader of the Labour Group on Dartford Council, Cllr Jonathon Hawkes (above) voiced his support for a change in the law:
"The last election saw the highest youth turnout in 25 years. It’s clear there is a huge appetite for politics among young people and we see that reflected across Dartford – young people tell me that they want to debate ,to engage and they rightly feel they should have a say over who is making decisions on their behalf. I agree and believe we should open up our democracy to reflect that. I support the bill on 3 November and I hope Gareth Johnson will stand up for young people in Dartford by voting for change."