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NUS responds to the Votes at 16 Private Members Bill

Friday 3 November 2017

Responding to today’s Private Member’s Bill on extending the right to vote to 16 and 17-year-olds, Rob Young, NUS Vice President (Society and Citizenship) said:

“The Government have once again demonstrated their contempt for young people by refusing to support a vote on a Bill to extend the right to vote to 16 and 17-year-olds.

“Today’s debate in parliament was a chance for the Government to listen to the voices of young people. Instead, several Conservative MPs lined up to use every trick in the book to scupper the vote.

“The recent general election showed a burning appetite amongst young people to have a say over the decisions which will have a lasting impact on their own lives. There is currently an inequity of rights in this country, with young people in Scotland entitled to vote in devolved elections. There is a now an overwhelming case in favour of Votes at 16, and today’s desperate attempt to block the debate showed that even the Conservatives know that it is now inevitable.

“We will continue to work closely with our members, organisations and politicians committed to breaking down this barrier to democracy for young people. The next debate will be heard on the 1st December and we will be working with students up and down the UK to ensure that even more MPs attend the debate and make Votes at 16 a reality.”


Rob Young is available for further comment, please get in touch with the NUS press office on 07866695010 or

Notes to editors

The National Union of Students is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.

We are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students. We promote, defend and extend the rights of students and develop and champion strong students’ unions.