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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Barrow students air views on vote age plans

SIXTH formers got to share their views with a shadow minister on lowering the voting age.

BARROW sixth formers got to share their views with a shadow minister on lowering the voting age.

Stephen Twigg MP, a shadow justice minister working on constitutional reform, visited Barrow Sixth Form College to meet law and politics students.

The Liverpool West Derby MP was in town as a guest of Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock.

The Labour Party plans to include a proposal to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in its next manifesto, and Mr Twigg wanted to hear students’ comments on the plan.

On his first visit to Barrow Mr Twigg said: “I was very keen to meet the young people at the college.

“The discussion was around: Is voting at 16 a good idea or not? And the students voted very clearly in favour of it. We had proper discussions with different points of view being aired.

“It was great to meet the young people, they were definitely very interested. When I was at school you could not study politics A-Level so having that chance is great. They were very well informed and they had a lot of thoughts and ideas about what needs to happen.

“We can definitely use their suggestions, there was a very strong focus on education.”

Caroline Buckley, a lecturer of law, government and politics, at the college, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet real life politicians who they learn about every day. I always say politics is part of their everyday lives and they should have more of a connection with it.”

Mr Twigg also visited Furness College for a gala dinner.

l See our Big Debate on page 13 for more on the proposed voting age change.

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