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MP Backs Plans To Lower Voting Age

Tuesday January 29 2013

MP John Healey MP John Healey

MP John Healey has backed moves to lower the voting age to 16.

Mr Healey said: “In this country we have 16-year-olds who can leave school, start work and pay income tax.''

He added: ''They can receive benefits and tax credits, give consent to medical treatment, become company directors, join trade unions, join the armed forces, get married and enter into civil partnerships - but yet we don't regard them as responsible enough to vote.''

WABers, what do you think? If they lowered the voting age, do you think it'd have an impact? 

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Reply Posted by dene on Tuesday January 29 2013 at 14:45
so they are going to be old enough to vote and go to war but not to drink or smoke

Reply Posted by greenginger on Tuesday January 29 2013 at 14:56
To be honest most people in Barnsley dont understand politics apparently so why give the vote to children as well? Because that is what 16 year olds are. Or it is in the media when they get pregnant or get married young or drive underage or buy booze etc etc.
We should be standardising all the laws regarding teenagers and coming of age first, not lowering it. Only 20 odd percent of people usually vote in barnsley so why do they think that 16 year olds will bother?

Reply Posted by jane on Wednesday January 30 2013 at 09:08
when i son was 16 he dead but i got told that he was a man as he should have had the right but no one cared about him

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday January 31 2013 at 07:15
If 16 is old enough to die for your country, it's old enough to vote. Whether or not they will bother to vote is another matter and one that politicians need to address.

Reply Posted by janet on Friday February 1 2013 at 22:18
i dont know of any 16yr old claiming benefits, unless female n teenage mum. and as they are saying they are not going to give any housing benefit to anyone under 25, they wont be householders either.and as for joining trade unions.... where the flippin eck are the jobs that run along side these trade unions? at one point there was talk of keeping young adults at school till 18. a ruse to keep unemployment fig down. theyv even raised age for buying cigs n booze, as 16yr olds are deemed not old enuf for that, but will be expected to vote. good job they shut schools n use them as polling stations, i mean these 16 yr olds will need time off to vote

Reply Posted by Jodie on Sunday February 3 2013 at 22:29
I'm 19 and have worked and paid tax from being 16, why shouldn't I have the right to input my views on what my hard earned money gets spent on?