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Lib Dems launch bid to defeat the Government over "Votes at 16"

October 17, 2015 11:14 PM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

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Liberal Democrats are launching a cross party move to defeat the Government and give 16 year olds a vote in the upcoming EU referendum.

We are aiming to follow up the successful vote in the Lords when they defeated the Government to include votes at 16 for council elections.

Allowing 16 year olds to vote in general is something we have campaigned on for years. While allowing votes for 16 year olds in the referendum has cross party support, and even has the backing of the 'leave' campaign, increasing the pressure on David Cameron.

Liberal Democrats are at the forefront of the charge and will lay an amendment to the Bill following Second Reading. The measure has already had wide cross party support in the Lords.

Commenting, William Wallace, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson in the Lords, said:

"The future of the UK is at stake and it is vital that 16 year olds get a say in that future.

"The Liberal Democrats have long battled for votes at 16, it is an age in which you take on a host of new adult responsibilities yet have no voice in the running of your own country.....

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