The Liberal Democrats have called on the Government to reverse their decision to restrict 16 year olds from voting in local elections. Liberal Democrat peer John Shipley, former leader of Newcastle City Council, has tabled a motion in the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill that will be debated on Tuesday as the Bill begins ping pong between the Commons and the Lords.
The motion will be called to a vote as the Lib Dems continue to fight the Tories on the issue following a series of Government defeats in recent months.
Ahead of the vote Lord Paul Tyler, Liberal Democrat Political Reform Spokesperson, has said:
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On 15th July the House of Lords voted to give 16 and 17-year olds the vote at local government elections. The Government has removed this amendment in the Commons. Liberal Democrats are fighting to ensure that this provision stays in the Bill.