On Friday, I met with pupils from Esher High School to discuss their campaign to lower the voting age to 16. Saher and Lauren (pictured below) gave a great presentation, powerfully and eloquently making their case.
I remain to be convinced that lowering the voting age is the right thing to do, mainly because I believe that – in general – there is a significant difference in both maturity and experience as between 16 and 18 years old. That said, Saher and Lauren gave me plenty of food for thought, and I enjoyed hearing about their campaign. It’s great to see more and more young people in Elmbridge taking an active interest in politics. We took some time to discus the role of an MP and government Ministers – and I was really impressed with their knowledge and enthusiasm.