Young People and Democracy — 9 Mar 2004 at 19:27

Mr Chris Grayling MP, Epsom and Ewell voted with the majority (No).

Ayes called for the Government to legislate to reduce the voting age; Noes merely noted the Electoral Commissions review and that the Government will review it.

I beg to move,

That this House notes the concern shared by all political parties at the lack of participation in the political process by young people and the decreasing turnout in elections throughout the country; welcomes the work of many charities, political experts, young people and organisations representing them, who have worked together in their belief that lowering the voting age would improve the quality of politics in the United Kingdom; and calls on the Government to legislate to lower the voting age for all public elections to 16 years.

I beg to move, To leave out from "Kingdom" to end and add

"but notes that the independent Electoral Commission's review of voting age and candidacy age is soon to be published and that the Government will carefully consider its conclusions, alongside the work of other organisations".

Question put accordingly, That the original words stand part of the Question:-

The House divided: Ayes 50, Noes 346.

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (No)Minority (Aye)BothTurnout
Con59 0036.4%
DUP0 1016.7%
Ind0 1050.0%
Ind Con1 0050.0%
Lab286 (+2 tell) 0070.6%
LDem0 40074.1%
PC0 3 (+1 tell)0100.0%
SNP0 4 (+1 tell)0100.0%
UUP0 1020.0%
Total:346 50061.7%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

MPs for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible MP who could have voted in this division

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
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