Labour Lords won their vote last night after submitting amendments to the Referendum Bill calling for 16 and 17 year olds to be given the vote. The vote passed by 293-211 and means that the amendments to the bill must once again be discussed in the Commons.
Anneliese Dodds MEP said: “This is a great win for all of us that have campaigned to get 16 and 17 year olds their democratic right. We saw in the Scottish Referendum that giving these young people the vote increased the turnout at both the polls and in their political activism.
“It seems beyond comprehension to me that they can currently get married, pay tax, join the army, be a company director and even change their name, but they cannot vote. Only by giving young people the vote can they take control of their future.”
David Cameron now faces the prospect of a lengthy battle with the Lords to pass the bill without votes for 16 and 17 year olds and the potential for his referendum to be delayed further.