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Young people from three Exeter schools will be taking part in a debate on ...
Young people from three Exeter schools will be taking part in a debate on

whether the voting age in the UK should be lowered to 18 years.

The students from Priory High School, St James High School and St Peter's

High School are taking part in the debate in Devon CC's Council Chamber on Monday 13 October.

The debate forms part of Local Democracy Week which this year runs from

13-19 October.

This year the focus is on young people, under the heading 'Listening To

Tomorrow's Voters Today'.

The debate is part of a national campaign being run by the Electoral

Commission who have decided to look at whether the minimum age for voting

should be changed.

The students will be assisted in their debate by leading county councillors

and after the debate will vote on whether the voting age should be reduced

to 16.

Brian Greenslade, leader of Devon CC, will be one of the councillors at the

debate. He explains: 'We want to focus on the potential young people have to

shape the future of society.'

Councillor Joan Morrish is the council's champion for young people.

'With a fall in interest in local and national politics and the decline in

turnout for elections, it is essential that we engage young people in having

their say about things which affect their lives,' she said.


Councillors taking part in the debate are:

Brian Greenslade

Christine Channon

John Hart

David Morrish

Joan Morrish

Margaret Rogers

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