Last night, the Votes at 16 All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has released a campaign report to mark one year since the group was established at the APPG’s AGM.

The report draws together evidence gathered by the all-party group throughout its first year, with contributions from parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, academics, youth organisations, campaigners and think tanks.

I contributed a section on the campaign for Votes at 16 in Wales – which thanks to new powers devolved under the 2017 Wales Act, is now coming a step closer as the Senedd and Elections (Wales) Bill has been introduced into the Assembly. You can read my contribution on page 9 of the report here.

I’ve been a consistent supporter of Votes at 16 – and i’m thrilled to see Wales leading the way and introducing it for Senedd and Local Elections, but we need action in the other parts of the UK to ensure a universal franchise for our 16-18 year olds.

You can find out more about the work of the APPG on Votes at 16 by clicking here.

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