Wednesday 15 January 2020 / 1:34 PM Cat Smith / Youth

Significant day for our democracy, 16-17yr olds in Wales gain right to vote – Cat Smith

Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, commenting on Votes at 16 to receiving Royal Assent in Wales today, said:

“Today marks a significant day for our democracy, with 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales gaining the right to vote after years of campaigning and making their voices heard.

“Once again, young people have demonstrated that they are socially conscious generation that will continue to demand for change, despite the injustices they face. Politicians must listen to young people, and the Welsh Labour government has done just that.

“With Votes at 16 now in Wales and Scotland but not in England and Northern Ireland, there is now a fundamental inequality of rights in this country: with the ability to vote decided by a ‘postcode lottery’.

“This situation is morally and politically unsustainable for the UK government. It is time that 16 and 17-year-olds have equal rights across our country for all elections.