Press release: Edinburgh East MP supports votes for 16 and 17 year olds

Today Edinburgh East MP Sheila Gilmore will lend her support to campaigners in favour of votes for 16 and 17 year olds at a lobby of Parliament.

This follows Ed Miliband’s pledge that the next Labour Government will legislate to ensure that youngsters aged 16 and 17 will be able to vote at General Elections.

At the last General Election, only 44% of those aged 18-24 votes. By offering votes to people aged 16, Labour aims to create a generation of politically active citizens, through empowering youngsters with the vote. Over time, voting will become a rite of passage in the education system.

Sheila Gilmore said:

One Nation Labour will open up our democracy to a new generation. This is an important way to ensure our youngsters have a better sense of their civic duties, but also to ensure politicians listen to young people and their concerns.

For more information please contact Matt Brennan, Parliamentary Assistant to Sheila Gilmore MP, on 020 7219 7062, 07742 986 513 or