Four schoolboys from Carshalton Boys Sports College met up with Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake for advice on their campaign to lower the voting age to 16.
Sean Goulding, 15, Nathan Coe, 15, Mark Duggan, 14 and Andrew Boakes, 14 started their campaign, Team 16, as part of their citizenship coursework. The campaign became very important to the teenagers and soon developed into much more than just a school project.
Sean said “we believe it is about time young people had the right to voice their opinion.”
Tom commented “I really do admire the determination of the boys, I fully support their call for the voting age to be lowered to 16.”
“We must encourage young people to engage with politics not dismiss them. Their voice is equally as important as any other and must be heard.
During the meeting, Mr Brake highlighted the importance of proving to critics that 16 and 17 year olds are interested in politics and mature enough to vote. He suggested holding a mock election within their school and that more than 60% turnout would be a step in the right direction.
Tom told the boys that they needed to convince Conservative MPs as they are the obstacle to any change in the voting age. He advised Team 16 to start at the top and contact Prime Minister David Cameron.