Tories Block Votes For 16 And 17-Year-Olds By Filibustering Debate
THE Tories were accused of “sabotaging” plans by Labour to give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote yesterday.
Angry Labour MPs shouted “shame” after Tory politicians blocked attempts to lower the voting age by filibustering the motion out of the chamber.
A last-ditch attempt by Labour’s Wes Streeting to move a motion before 2.30pm — which would force a vote on the Representation of the People (Young People’s Enfranchisement and Education) Bill — failed.
Shadow minister for voter engagement and youth affairs Cat Smith called it “deeply disappointing” that the Conservatives blocked Labour MP Jim McMahon’s Bill.
He accused Tory MPs of deliberately trying to “reduce the amount of time available,” by droning on for hours during the previous Bills.
She said: “By sabotaging this important vote, the Tories have once again demonstrated to a generation of young people that they do not take their views seriously.”
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