Brecon & Radnorshire’s Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, Kirsty Williams, has hailed the Welsh Government’s proposals to extend voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds as ‘a change that is long overdue’.
Commenting on the proposals, Ms. Williams said:
“In the year in which we are commemorating 100 years since most women in the UK were granted the vote and were able for the first time to stand for election to Parliament, it could not be more appropriate for us in Wales to be extending the franchise to all 16 and 17 year olds.”
“However, this is just a first step, as it only applies to local council elections in Wales. We need now to see it extended to National Assembly and Westminster Parliamentary elections and I was dismayed to hear David Liddington MP, standing in for the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wed), confirm the Tories’ outright opposition to this change. Their wholly illogical and unjust resistance is purely based on the calculation that young people tend not to vote Conservative.”
“Rather than denying young people who are, in many cases, working, paying taxes and serving their country in the armed services the right to vote purely on the basis of self-interest, they should be concentrating on living up to Mrs May’s rhetoric about making the UK a society ‘that works for everyone’ by giving all our young people a right to vote in all elections.”