Votes at 16

14 Mar 2017

An exciting time to join ERS Cymru

As she joins us as the new Director of ERS Cymru, Jess Blair sets out the challenges and opportunities for deepening Welsh democracy. In the last twelve months the political landscape across the world has fundamentally changed. We've seen the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU, President Trump's inauguration and two elections in Northern Ireland. This year looks set to be no less […]
18 Jul 2016

Electoral Reform in Parliament again

Two of our issues are back in the House of Commons this week as Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, will be presenting her ‘Electoral Reform (Proportional Representation and Reduction of Voting Age)’ motion. Whilst ‘ Ten Minute Rule ’ motions of this kind rarely become law, they provide a chance for MPs to support a motion they care about and a chance for arguments of both […]
4 Dec 2015

It's time 16 and 17 year olds got the vote

Last month saw a big victory for campaigners for a fairer franchise: the House of Lords supported giving 16 and 17-year-olds a vote in the EU referendum. Votes at 16 is now in the Bill. But this Tuesday, MPs will decide whether to keep it in there or remove that right. We are strongly urging them not to remove the right for 16 and 17-year-olds to have a say. Why? In addition to some of the well […]
17 Jul 2015

The government would be wrong to reverse progress on votes at 16

This Wednesday, the House of Lords made an important step forward - they voted 221-154 in favour of allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote in local elections. It’s yet another win for the campaign for votes at 16. That Peers voted by a majority of 67 to support a fairer franchise – in a House where the average age is 70 – is clearly a sign of how far this debate has come, and how strong backing is […]
15 Jul 2015

Young people in Wales back votes at 16 – and political education

[Gallwch ddarllen y blog yma yn y Gymraeg] As the Welsh Assembly publish their major report on votes at 16 today , the young people of Wales have spoken. And it is a clear message – young people want a vote. With 10,375 young people consulted, the results show 53% of young respondents in favour of votes at 16; 29% against; with 18% stating ‘don’t know’. These are the findings of a six month […]
24 Jun 2015

Ruth Davidson's Lessons from the Scottish Referendum

The following is republished with the kind permission of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. It is one part of Giving 16 and 17 Year Olds the Vote - The Tory Case , a publication from the Tory Reform Group. The Scottish Independence referendum on 18th September was unprecedented for many reasons. The decision, for the first time in British history, to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote was […]
Votes at 16
19 Jun 2015

Scotland leads the way on votes at 16

Yesterday, two very different things happened around the same issue in Scotland and England. At 4:22pm in Westminster, during a debate on the EU Referendum Bill, MPs voted 310-265 against giving 16 and 17 year olds a say in the referendum. 40 minutes later up in the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, MSPs voted unanimously in favour of the Bill which promises votes at 16 for all Scottish elections […]
16 Jun 2015

Implementing the Donaldson Review in Wales

Following the announcement by Education minister Huw Lewis that the Donaldson Review would be implemented in full, our education adviser Rhodri Griffiths examines the Donaldson Review on Education in Wales and asks: ‘how can young people become informed citizens of Wales and the world?’ Welsh Government’s decision to accept the findings and implement the recommendations of Professor Donaldson’s […]
21 Jan 2014

Politics in the classroom

David Blunkett is calling for a renewed effort to tackle voter disengagement. He is absolutely right to be concerned about the way young people are turning away from politics. Fewer than one in eight people under the age of 25 intend to vote , making our democracy increasingly illegitimate and skewed against those who don’t turn up. Mr Blunkett is also right to call for political awareness to be […]