As part of the National Union of Students' Fair Vote campaign supporting a change to the voting age in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to 16 (as it is in Scotland), Richmond upon Thames College organised an event which took place on Friday 27 April 2017. To a room full of students, vice president of the college's students’ union, Rufus Irvine, spoke first about voting, democracy and what the vote would mean for young people.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and serving MP for Twickenham, Sir Vince Cable, then came and delivered a highly engaging talk about the current state of UK politics and government. Topics included ‘Brexit’, housing prices, tuition fees, centralist government and the affect which lobbying and media ownership have on democracy in the UK.
The audience listened very intently as Sir Vince also spoke about his career and the history of UK politics. Students were able to ask a variety of questions. At the end of the session, Sir Vince, along with four RuTC students, spoke to our camera to give their views on voting age reform. You can view these videos on our YouTube channel below.
On 11 May 2018, the second reading of the Young People’s Enfranchisement Bill 2017-19 will be presented to Parliament.