Dan has said that people should be given the right to vote from the age of 16.
Dan was speaking after the Government said they are seeking to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections that will take place in 2016. It follows the decision to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in September's Scottish independence referendum.
Last year a majority of MPs voted in favour of giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections and referendums in the United Kingdom, but the vote wasn’t a binding one so the Government were not forced to change the law.
Commenting, Dan said, “I welcome today’s decision to give 16 and 17 year olds a say in the Scottish Parliament elections in 2016. However, if young people in Scotland are going to be given this right, then 16 and 17 year olds in Cornwall and the rest of the country will rightly expect to be given a say over important local, national and European elections too.
“16 and 17 year olds I meet in Cornwall are just as interested in the issues that affect them and their communities as those over the age of 18 – from jobs and transport, to providing services in rural areas or the need to provide affordable housing for local people.
“If as a nation we trust people to contribute to society by working and paying taxes from the age of 16 then we should trust them to have a say on how our country and how Cornwall are governed, if they wish to do so.”
The Liberal Democrats are in favour of giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in elections, however it was not a policy that the Conservatives agreed to during the Coalition Government negotiations.
Dan Rogerson was the youngest male MP in the last Parliament following his election in 2005. He first joined the local Liberal Democrats whilst still at school to get involved with the campaign to elect Paul Tyler as North Cornwall’s MP in 1992.