Vote Equality for 16 and 17-year-olds

Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley has called for votes at 16 and 17 to be extended across the UK.

Danielle Rowley spoke to BBC Radio Scotland’s Kaye Adams programme this morning about a Westminster Hall debate she led on Wednesday, calling for vote equality across the UK.

Currently those aged 16 and 17 can vote in Scottish local authority and Scottish Parliamentary elections but the franchise has not been extended to the same group south of the border.

Labour MP for Midlothian, Danielle Rowley said: 

“Young people are passionate and engaged with politics more than ever.

“Three-quarters of 16 and 17-year-olds used their votes in the 2014 referendum and hopefully started a habit for life.

“If we are serious about improving turnout at elections then we need to build on that success.”