Liberal Democrats on Cornwall Council Win Support for Votes at 16 Pilot

Lib Dems on Cornwall Council have today successfully passed a motion to recommend that Cornwall undertakes a votes at 16 pilot at next year’s Cornwall Council elections.

Cornwall Council today supported the decision made 4 years ago by the last council to support the reduction of the voting age to 16. The Council will now ask the Government to allow them to implement this as a pilot for the Cornwall Council Elections due in 2021.

All Liberal Democrat, Labour and Mebyon Kernow councillors present voted to support this as did many of the Independents. However, every Conservative voted against. As a result, the vote was very close 54 in favour, 50 against with 3 abstentions.

Malcolm Brown, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group who proposed the motion successfully said

"I am delighted that the majority of councillors supported greater democracy in this country and showed their faith in our young people. We have confidence in them and in their parents and teachers who have brought them up so well that they deserve the right to vote. Young people have recently shown greater awareness of vital issues like the climate emergency than many of their elders. Sadly, they are also the age group likely to be affected worst by the covid pandemic.

“However, I deplore the way the Conservatives voted and how their representatives spoke. One of them even said that the Government would not listen and denied the right of Cornwall Council to lobby them. Their contempt for democracy is shocking. The Council will continue to stand up for Cornwall and argue our case with Government when we disagree with them or want them to do more, as we have been doing throughout the current crisis".    

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