Vicky Foxcroft

Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Lewisham Deptford

Private Members Bill

Vicky today submitted a Private Members Bill to the House of Commons.

The Bill, which is named the Representation of the People (Young Persons’ Enfranchisement and Education) Bill, looks at the introduction of voting in all elections to 16 and 17 year olds and ensures provision for education in schools around the issue of voting. 

 

Vicky, who has worked with the British Youth Council and the Electoral Reform Society on the Bill said; “It is now time that 16 and 17 year olds have the vote.”

“We have seen from the Scottish Referendum how engaged young people are in politics and I see it every day in Lewisham Deptford, in Schools, Youth Clubs and on doorsteps. Young people care about their futures and it is time to include them in the political process.”

“The fact this Bill has had so much support from across the chamber shows that there is a real desire to get this bill through the Commons.”

"We also need to see our young people taught about voting in schools so that it becomes an important part of their everyday lives and that is what my bill aims to achieve. 

The Private Members Bill will have its second reading on the 11th September 2015.

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