SOUTH Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck put Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on the spot in Parliament this week over his commitment to lowering the voting age.
Mr Clegg is known to support young people being able to vote at either 16 or 17 – rather than the current 18.
But, when the coalition Government was formed, that stance was not embedded in policies agreed by the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives.
Mrs Lewell-Buck, a supporter of a younger voting age, this week accused Mr Clegg of failing to live up to his commitment to our young people.
Speaking at Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions, she asked: “The Deputy Prime Minister has said he supports lowering the voting age, but in three years in his post no action has been taken to make it a reality.
“When can Britain’s young people expect him to live up to his commitment?”
In response, Mr Clegg said the policy of lowering the voting age was opposed by the Conservatives and had not been endorsed by the coalition.
Commenting after the debate, Mrs Lewell-Buck added: “The young people I speak to in South Shields are well-informed and enthusiastic about getting involved in politics and changing their world for the better.
“I agree with Ed Miliband that we need to include them in our political debate.”
The South Shields MP recently attended the elections for head girl and head boy elections at the town’s Mortimer Community College.