Carshalton Boys Sports College pupils get Tom Brake MP's backing for campaign to lower voting age

Sutton Guardian: Sean Goulding, 15, Nathan Coe, 15, Mark Duggan, 14 and Andrew Boakes, 14 with Tom Brake Sean Goulding, 15, Nathan Coe, 15, Mark Duggan, 14 and Andrew Boakes, 14 with Tom Brake

A group of young campaigners met MP Tom Brake as part of their campaign to lower the voting age to 16.

Sean Goulding, 15, Nathan Coe, 15, Mark Duggan, 14 and Andrew Boakes, 14 from Carshalton Boys Sports College first began the Team 16 campaign as part of their citizenship coursework, before discovering their passion for the cause.

They have since had their campaign endorsed by MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake.

Mr Brake was keen to advice Team 16 and suggested holding a mock election at their school, with an aim of 60 per cent participation, as a way to show the willingness of young people to engage in politics.

Sean said: "We believe it is about time young people had the right to voice their opinion."

Mr Brake added: "I really do admire the determination of the boys, I fully support their call for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

"We must encourage young people to engage with politics not dismiss them. Their voice is equally as important as any other and must be heard."


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6:18pm Fri 7 Mar 14

GreenBrown says...

No way. The young have been brainwashed and think that the state this country is in is normal. It isn't. The young and naive are natural Lib Dem voters. No wonder Brake is all for this.
No way. The young have been brainwashed and think that the state this country is in is normal. It isn't. The young and naive are natural Lib Dem voters. No wonder Brake is all for this. GreenBrown
  • Score: -8

7:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

Why not, if 16 years olds can have sex why not have the right to vote, if it helps get more people interested in voting then it can only be a good thing
Why not, if 16 years olds can have sex why not have the right to vote, if it helps get more people interested in voting then it can only be a good thing Dr Martin
  • Score: 10

9:47pm Fri 7 Mar 14

howiseeit says...

16 for the age of consent,16 for the lottery,18 to smoke 18 to drink now we have 16 to vote. Personally it should be law for everyone to vote women died for it.. voting should be 18 the only reason Brackie wants it to 16 is because no one really votes there is no confidence left in politics.. vote him out
16 for the age of consent,16 for the lottery,18 to smoke 18 to drink now we have 16 to vote. Personally it should be law for everyone to vote women died for it.. voting should be 18 the only reason Brackie wants it to 16 is because no one really votes there is no confidence left in politics.. vote him out howiseeit
  • Score: -7

8:52am Sat 8 Mar 14

Giles C says...

Mr. Brake is getting desperate for deliverers and people to do the leg work over elections that is why he has gone down this road.
Also I am hearing that the LDs are so desperate for candidates at the local elections that interns funded by the taxpayer in Brake and. Burstows constituency offices will be standing as Councillors.
If true they will get attacked for that remorselessly.
Mr. Brake is getting desperate for deliverers and people to do the leg work over elections that is why he has gone down this road. Also I am hearing that the LDs are so desperate for candidates at the local elections that interns funded by the taxpayer in Brake and. Burstows constituency offices will be standing as Councillors. If true they will get attacked for that remorselessly. Giles C
  • Score: -4

5:10pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

I say to the youngsters what I was told as a lad at work. Get some service and work in first and then we'll listen to your views.
I say to the youngsters what I was told as a lad at work. Get some service and work in first and then we'll listen to your views. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -3

11:27pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Giles C says...

Brake and Burstow are the products of an anti liberal regime and one that Orwell would recognise.
Strike down local disagreement with their v
Owes and actually attack them as people who must be antisocial or nutters.
Well I have news for them both ,reality will hit this May
Brake and Burstow are the products of an anti liberal regime and one that Orwell would recognise. Strike down local disagreement with their v Owes and actually attack them as people who must be antisocial or nutters. Well I have news for them both ,reality will hit this May Giles C
  • Score: -2

8:50pm Sun 9 Mar 14

col says...

If the Lib Dems were really interested in the younger vote, they would've done well to have not gone back on the pledge on the issue of raising tuition fees.
If the Lib Dems were really interested in the younger vote, they would've done well to have not gone back on the pledge on the issue of raising tuition fees. col
  • Score: -1

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