Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood: ‘I Very Much Support’ Allowing 16 and 17-Year-Olds to Vote in England

‘You can get married at 16 but you are not trusted to vote’


ELLWOOD: "Yes, they should. I very much support this move. In Scotland and Wales they're there already, other countries around the world are moving that way, Brazil, Austria, Malta, Germany is getting there too. It comes up at every election when you visit schools. You can get married at 16, but you're not trusted to vote. And studies show that 16 to 17-year-old age group are actually curious, they're enthusiastic, more so than their 18 to 25-year-old peers. So I think harnessing that enthusiasm and introducing a sense of civic duty to vote, strengthening that bond between the people and the state, I think will be a very, very positive. I predict that the U.K. law will change. I'd so much like my party to be the vanguard of that change and give 16-year-olds the ability to vote."

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