Monday, 29 June 2015

Island MP Criticised for Stance on Referendum Voting Age

The Isle of Wight's Member of Parliament Andrew Turner has been criticised by Deputy Youth MP Will Matthews for refusing to back a move to lower the voting age to 16 for the forthcoming European Union referendum.

Conservative MP Mr. Turner voted with his party in the Commons last Thursday to keep the voting age at 18, saying he didn't see a case for the rules to be different for the referendum to what they had been for the recent general election.

But Mr. Matthews tweeted that he had been "super disappointed" by the move, and that Mr. Turner had "let the Island's young people down".

The Labour amendment to lower the voting age for the poll was defeated by 310 votes to 265.

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