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Members of Parliament are being asked to support a private members’ bill to give the vote to young people aged 16 and 17.

The problem is, the vote on the Representation of the People (Young People’s Enfranchisement and Education) Bill – 2nd reading will take place on Friday, when many MPs travel back to their constituencies to carry out business there.

People aged 16 and 17 were able to vote in the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, and this led to a huge increase in the number of people that age taking an interest in democracy.

No doubt filibusterers like Philip Davies and Jacob Rees-Mogg are awaiting their chance to hang around the green benches and talk the bill out. The only way to stop this is to have enough MPs supporting the bill on hand to demand a vote.

So, what do you think?

Will you ask your MP to stay and take part? Or are you happy with the system as it is?

At least one MP, besides Jon Trickett, has promised to attend:

Where will yours be?


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