Tuesday 17 September 2019 / 12:01 AM Cat Smith / Youth

Call for votes at 16 to give youngsters a voice in face of eco-breakdown – Cat Smith responds

Cat Smith, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, responding to the IPPR’s report calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16, said:

“Our young people are a force to be reckoned with, who are taking to the street, leading the climate strikes and using their voices to influence positive change.

“Yet instead of being supported and valued, young people continue to have their voices ignored by this government.

“At the next election, Labour will set out a bold policy agenda that will radically change young people’s lives, including tackling the climate crisis, scrapping tuition fees, and extending the vote to 16-year-olds.


Notes to Editors:

  • A report from IPPR published today (Tuesday 17th September) warned that youngsters and future generations are facing a “toxic inheritance” of environmental crises caused by climate change, the loss of wildlife and damage to the oceans and soils.
  • The report is calling for votes at 16 to give a voice to those who will face the consequences of what older generations are doing to the world and give them a say on their future.