In 1969, the UK became the first in the country to lower the voting age to 18, most of the rest of the world followed. Now, half a century on, lowering the voting age is again topical and there are calls for 16 year olds to be allowed to vote - something that has already occurred for some elections in Scotland and Wales. All Westminster parties, except the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party, support the change. Lowering the voting age could have a marked impact upon elections, young people overwhelmingly voted Labour at the 2017 General Election. Drawing upon academic research from an ongoing two-year Leverhulme Trust project, Jon Tonge, Professor of Politics at the University and project lead, will focus on the similarities and differences between arguments then and now and the talk shows what 18+ voters and 16-17 year olds think of lowering the voting age.BOOK NOW
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