16 and 17-year-olds should have vote to elect MSPs

Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute called for a rejection of any move by the House of Lords to prevent 16 and 17-year-olds from voting in Scottish Parliament elections.

At Scottish Questions in the Commons today (Wednesday) Mr Reid said: "The out-of-touch House of Lords Constitution Committee has said that not enough thought has been given to the impact of giving 16 and 17-year-olds the vote.  I hope the Government will reject this recommendation and give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to have their say on who represents them in the Scottish Parliament."

Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael agreed: "I confess that I always hold their lordships’ views in very high regard, but they would not normally be the first port of call that I would make when I was looking for advice either on democratic elections or on young people.

"The order will be before their lordships’ House tomorrow (Thursday) night. I am confident that it will be passed, as it was passed in this House, without Division.”

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