Episode 7. POWER TO THE (YOUNG) PEOPLE! Voting at 16

Hello! 16-year-olds are allowed to have sex and are made to pay tax... so... should they have a say when it comes to who runs the country? We're joined by Professor Alan Lee Williams, who fought the original battle to bring the voting age down to 18 in the 1960s, Ruth Davidson MSP, who, as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party is pushing votes at 16 agenda, and Anna Barker, Chair of the British Youth Council, puts it the perspective of her youthful peers.

Award Nominated Ed and terrible risotto chef Geoff take their shoes off and reminisce about what they were doing at 16

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Tiff Stevenson wants men to be taught what a compliment is, a ban on the phrase "as a father of daughters", and thinks cat videos can change the world

 

FURTHER READING

Votes At 16 Briefing http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN01747

The debate in 1968 on the Bill to lower the voting age to 18 including Alan’s speech http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1968/nov/18/representation-of-the-people-bill#S5CV0773P0_19681118_HOC_525

And... Geoff mentioned the McCartney family’s new Meat Free Monday film ahead of this week’s UN climate change conference. More details here: https://www.meatfreemondays.com/mccartney-family-launches-new-film-one-day-week/

 

 

 

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