Speaking on the decision not to hold a voting-age referendum, National Chairperson of Labour Youth Jack Eustace has expressed Labour Youth’s disappointment on the matter.
“Younger members of the Labour Party were disappointed by yesterday’s decision not to examine lowering the voting age in a referendum. Extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds has long been our policy and we had been looking forward to making the arguments for change this spring.
“Our society very often treats 16 year olds as adults in terms of costs and responsibilities, and yet we currently give them no say in how their country is run. We would encourage the Government to reconsider its position on this.
“The opportunity should not be lost to send out a strong, uplifting message about empowering young people in our democracy.”