Call for Isle of Wight council leader and MP to promote Votes at 16

After the positive vote at full council on votes for 16 and 17 year old Islanders, IW Labour’s youth officer asks council leader, Dave Stewart, to lobby the MP and get more involved in promoting the issue.

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Will Matthews, the Youth and Student Officer for Isle of Wight Labour Party, has written to Leader of the Isle of Wight council, Cllr Dave Stewart, asking for his further support on the Votes at 16 issue.

Last month the Isle of Wight council voted to support a motion (read live coverage) put forward by Cllr Geoff Brodie seeking to support votes for 16 and 17 year old Islanders.

Following the vote at full council, Will has this week asked Cllr Stewart to do the following:

  • Write to the Isle of Wight’s Member of Parliament, Bob Seely, informing him of this motion and asking he lobby the Government to support it.
  • Write to the Electoral Commission to inform them that the Isle of Wight Council is calling for the voting age to be lowered.
  • Write to the British Youth Council to have the Isle of Wight Council added to the Votes at 16 Coalition.

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He also asks for the Leader’s help in encouraging young people to take an active part in our democratic society by:

  • developing a youth engagement project in educational institutions and as part of youth projects working with the Isle of Wight Youth Council, the youth service, schools and colleges
  • promote and continue to support votes at 16
  • encourage each Councillor to engage with students at local schools, colleges and youth projects as part of the youth engagement project.

He ends by saying,

“Every major political party in England supports Votes for 16 and 17 year olds, with the exception of the Conservatives, we at Island Labour will continue to keep up the pressure to give our young people a voice, I hope you will be able to join us.”

Monday, 12th February, 2018 6:53pm



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17 Comments on "Call for Isle of Wight council leader and MP to promote Votes at 16"

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I don’t believe that 16 and 17-yr olds are in general sufficiently informed, experienced or even interested to be offered the vote. They don’t get “citizenship” studies at school until 5th/6th form anyway. If the argument, which I accept, is that there should be no taxation without representation, then relieving under-18s of all tax would cost the country nothing because most are earning very little. By the… Read more »

Citizenship is studied throughout secondary school, and to some extent at primary as well.


Understood, somebloke, but I was considering politics, economics and social history as being relevant to a voter’s choice.


It’s only because Labour thinks the votes will be coming their way. It takes experience to realise that many politicians talk absolute nonsense to get votes. The so-called youthquake at the last election has now been shown to be absolute tosh with voters of all ages being equally apathetic. Still it makes a good fake news story.


We all remember being 17 and very idealistic before experience taught us that socialism and its left wing associates are just pie in the sky. Of course the left wing parties want these young people to vote since they know where their vote will go. Sadly as they get older experience will show them what foolishness that was.


Its got nothing to do with votes.
16 year olds in employment have to pay tax. They should have a say in how that money is spent. Currently they dont.


Very few 16 yr olds earn enough to pay tax. However child, even baby, actors pay tax so by your reckoning they also should have a vote then.

Oh tax is just one point to be made. 16 year olds can also get married, have sex and join the army. They are considered mature enough to commit to marriage, have kids, and get shot at for their country – yet not mature enough to vote? Doesnt make much sense does it. Personally, I think the simple solution is to extend the above to 17, lower… Read more »

Actually they’re not considered mature enough since they can only marry in this country with parental permission. I’m fairly sure that few people would agree that 16 year olds in general are mature or financially secure enough to have children these days.

They may need parental permission, but they can get married. They are considered mature enough to consent to sex – therefore they are mature enough to have kids. They may not be mature enough to raise kids sensibly, but in the eyes of the law, they are considered mature enough to have sex and have kids. Doesnt really matter how many people would agree with those things,… Read more »
Actually we are not discussing the law; we are discussing the level of maturity of potential voters. Incidentally 16 and 17 year olds can only join the Armed Forces with parental permission. They are not allowed into front line situations until they reach adulthood, I.e. 18. Babies and very young children are charged full fare on some forms of transport, e.g. many Cruise liners. Does this give… Read more »
Really? I was discussing the law. Still, you say it yourself – “not all” under 18s lack the maturity to vote. As for experience – theres only one way to get it. And any amount of experience and maturity dont help with running the country – as Teresa May has proven over and over with her inability to run her own party without Boris spouting off, let… Read more »

Now *that* is a sensible suggestion, worth exploring!

It is hard to comprehend the arrogance of those who dismiss the, sometimes idealistic, views of young people whilst asserting the value of experience that age brings. Recent votes, as shown by the BREXIT referendum, demonstrate quite ably just how much older voters are swayed by national papers and the jingoistic sound bytes provided by the likes of Johnson and Gove into making deeply flawed decisions, the… Read more »

Unfortunately the only alternatives to the present system would seem to be to open voting to all regardless of age or to none, thus dispensing awith democracy altogether. Your opinion is, however, just that. None of us knows what the outcomes of recent votes will be so the argument is presently quite pointless.


We’ve tried democracy, and it doesn’t seem to work any better than some alternatives. Time for a change?


An interesting observation – please do enlighten us as to where these alternatives might be…..