On Wednesday 1st March, the British Youth Council and The Body Shop UK held an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) event in Portcullis House to launch the first ever Votes at 16 Manifesto “New Era for Democracy: A Pathway to Votes at 16”. I was able to go to this event with my younger brother.
Young people want better political education, votes at 16 and relaxed voter ID rules to improve political engagement
Better political education, lowering the voting age to 16, and relaxed voter ID rules are the three biggest changes that young people want to help them to vote, according to new research from The British Youth Council and The Body Shop. Currently, over 1.5 million 16-and-17-year-olds in the UK do not have a say in
Political freedom, parity, and equality are fundamental concepts that underpin a true democracy. This means giving every citizen of a nation the unqualified right to cast a vote on who they believe should be representing them on a local, regional, and national scale. In many cases, however, the youth are treated as an exception to
The Votes at 16 All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has released a campaign report to mark one year since the group was established at the APPG’s AGM tonight, Tuesday 2nd April. The report draws together evidence gathered by the all-party group throughout its first year, with contributions from parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, academics,
The British Youth Council and Votes at 16 Coalition have joined forces with the FairVote Campaign to support the renewed attempt to introduce a lowering vote age. The latest attempt to introduce voting for 16 and 17 year olds has been spearheaded by Peter Kyle MP who is championing the Representation of the People Bill.
The British Youth Council and Votes at 16 Coalition are calling on the UK Government to make immediate changes to the legislation preventing 16 and 17 year olds the opportunity to vote in elections. The call comes ahead of the local elections which are taking place in England on Thursday 3rd May 2018. Thousands of 16
Following recent publicity on the votes at 16 issue MPs have established an All-Party Parliamentary Group to help develop the case for lowering the voting age. The APPG comprises of MPs from across the political spectrum, who will meet to hear evidence from young people, youth organisations and other experts, and use this knowledge to
The British Youth Council and Votes at 16 Coalition welcome growing support from within the Conservative Party for the enfranchisement of 16 and 17 year olds. With former front bench Minsters Nicky Morgan MP and Justine Greening MP joining votes at 16 supporter, Sir Peter Bottomley MP, it is clear the tide is turning. Support
The British Youth Council and Votes at 16 Coalition are supporting a renewed attempt to lower the voting age across the UK. On Friday 3 November, Parliament will debate a Private Members’ Bill which is set to enable all 16 and 17 year olds a chance to vote in all UK elections and referenda. The bill