Local MP backs Votes @ 16, disappointed with PM's response

Local Member of Parliament, John Robertson is very disappointed with the PM’s stance on Votes for 16 and 17 year olds.

Today (7th January 2015) at PMQ’s, John Robertson asked for 16 and 17 year olds to be allowed to vote in elections to the UK Parliament. The Prime Minister made it clear he opposes the change.

You can see the exchange here, at 12.14.

Mr. Robertson said: “I am very disappointed with the Prime Minister’s position on this issue. During the referendum, we saw our young people play an incredibly important role – not just voting, but being active in the debate and in many cases working on the respective campaigns. If there was ever any doubt about the ability of our young people to rise to the challenge, then the referendum surely showed otherwise.

David Cameron’s position leads to the ridiculous situation where 16 year olds will be able vote for their MSPs, but won’t have a say in their MP.

In the face of the evidence, why are the Conservatives still running from giving people who can already pay income tax and get married the chance to vote for their Member of Parliament? Are they scared they won’t vote for them?”