Giving 16 and 17 Year Olds the Vote – The Tory Case

Damian Green, Ruth Davidson, Sarah Wollaston, David Fazakerley

27th Sep 2015
Giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote

The traditional Conservative response to the idea of giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote has been to reject it on the ground that they are not mature enough, they don’t pay taxes and therefore they don’t feel the consequences of any vote they may cast. This pamphlet argues strongly that this traditional response needs further thought.

Ruth Davidson, the Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, argues with her knowledge of the Scottish referendum campaign the democratic effect of giving the vote to 16 and 17 year olds was “entirely positive”. Sarah Wollaston makes the point that the real prize in party terms is making the Conservative Party the natural home for the next generation. David Fazakerley addresses directly the argument that 18-24 year olds tend not to vote at the moment, so there is no point in reducing the voting age further.