Several political parties in the United Kingdom are now committed to lowering the franchise to 16, including Labour, the Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru. Young people in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man can already vote at 16. I have been a supporter of this measure for a long time but I want to hear from young people about what they think.


If enough school students in Stockton South support this idea too then I will make it a plank of my election pledges for them. One of my members has designed this cool app which will help young people to establish when they will be able to vote for the first time under the current system and what difference votes at 16 would have made. Already one young man has taken the test and realised that where he lives he will be 22 before he can actually vote in any election, local, national or European.

Identify the borough where you live (If you're unsure, use to find out) and then enter your date of birth. Hit the 18 button to find out how old you will be and the 16 button to find out how old you might have been.

I am always keen for feedback and the views of young people so you might like to leave a comment below or email, facebook or tweet me.


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