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Stephen Williams MP Urges Local Council Reforms

3.00.00pm GMT Tue 11th Dec 2007

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Following the release of the report from the Councillors Commission, Stephen Williams MP has welcomed calls for a fairer electoral system which allows 16 year olds to vote.

The report set out 61 proposals to encourage more people to get involved in local politics. These proposals could offer the chance for 16 year olds to vote, as well as additional benefits for individuals willing to give up their time to be councillors.

Stephen Williams MP commented:

"In this country 16 year olds are considered mature enough to marry, to pay taxes, and even to risk their lives to fight for our country. It is ridiculous therefore that they are not considered 'responsible' enough to vote."

"Far too many young people feel alienated from politics. The system needs to be revitalised, and lowering the voting age would be a very good start."

On 29th November 2005, Stephen Williams MP attempted to introduce a 'Ten Minute Rule' Bill to the House of Commons to lower the voting age to 16. The motion was supported by a majority of Labour members and Liberal Democrats, but was opposed by the Conservatives. It was defeated by 136-128 votes.

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