Liberal Democrat campaign means 16-year-olds in Tower Hamlets are a step closer to voting in local elections


Sixteen-year-olds in Tower Hamlets could soon vote for their local councillor after the Liberal Democrats embarrassed David Cameron in the House of Lords this week.

Lib Dem peers tabled an amendment to a bill to give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to choose their local councillors.

The amendment was supported by Labour, which meant the Government was defeated yet again in the House of Lords – a major headache for the Conservative Party.

It means unless the Tories can overturn this amendment in the House of Commons, under-18s in Tower Hamlets could be eligible to vote in local elections as early as next year.

The move is part of the Liberal Democrat campaign to allow 16- and 17-and-year olds to vote in the EU Referendum and general elections.

Elaine Bagshaw, local Liberal Democrat spokesperson said:

“There is no reason to deny 16 and 17-year olds in Tower Hamlets the right to vote. They are subject to all the laws of the land and pay taxes as the rest of us.

“They can become company directors, get married and join the army. They are full members of society and should be treated as such when it comes to voting.

“This is an important first step in the Liberal Democrat fight to make sure 16-year-olds have the vote in the EU Referendum and general elections.

“Conservative cuts hit young people the hardest – it is only fair they get the chance to have their say on these measures.”


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