Vote is welcome

Rutherglen Reformer - - Newton Gala Day -

James Kelly has wel­comed the fact 16 and 17-year-olds will get the vote at next year’s Scot­tish elec­tion.

The Labour mem­ber backed the Scot­tish Elec­tions (Re­duc­tions of Vot­ing Age) Bill at Holy­rood.

But Mr Kelly called on Westminster to fol­low the ex­am­ple when it comes to the EU ref­er­en­dum.

On the same day the Scot­tish leg­is­la­tion was passed, Westminster re­jected pro­pos­als to ex­tend the fran­chise to 16- and 17year-olds for the EU ref­er­en­dum.

Mr Kelly said: “I was proud to sup­port the pas­sage of this Bill which sends out a very pos­i­tive mes­sage to our young peo­ple.

“The great­est legacy of the ref­er­en­dum last year is the level of po­lit­i­cal en­gage­ment we saw, and con­tinue to see, in Scot­land’s young peo­ple.

“It is hugely dis­ap­point­ing that on the same day young peo­ple in Scot­land have been af­forded a say in fu­ture elec­tions that the Tories have voted to block the same rights in the forth­com­ing EU ref­er­en­dum in Westminster.

“Scot­land’s young peo­ple will now have the say they de­serve in the fu­ture of our schools, hos­pi­tals, public ser­vices and econ­omy.”

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