WIMPS

Northern Ireland MPs to support votes at 16

Created by Micky Murray

Status Ongoing

    • Started Campaign

      7th Feb 2014

    • Target

      Go to Westminster to lobby MPs and Lords

      14th Feb 2014

    • Target

      Write to all Northern Ireland MPs

      21st Feb 2014

    • Target

      Get messages of support from at least 50% of Northern Ireland MPs

      7th Mar 2014

  1. Now

Our Goal

Following the support from the Northern Ireland Assembly we now want to encourage all Northern Ireland MPs to support votes at 16 in Parliament.

Why support my campaign?

If you can
- get a job at 16,
- pay tax at 16,
- join the armed forces at 16,
- get married, set up a home at 16
- If 16 year olds in Scotland can vote for independence ...
then surely you should be able to vote at 16 in Parliamentary and Assembly elections

The Northern Ireland Assembly supported a motion for Votes at 16 on 6th November 2012. It is now time for their colleagues in Westminster to give their support to the cause.

Watch our video about Votes at 16: https://vimeo.com/33609359

Our Targets

  • Get messages of support from at least 50% of Northern Ireland MPs within 1 month
  • Write to all Northern Ireland MPs within 2 weeks
  • Go to Westminster to lobby MPs and Lords within 1 week

Campaign Updates

for email reminders.

  • First message of support From Mark Durkan MP

    Posted on February 7th, 2014

    Thank you for contacting me about the Votes at 16 Coalition lobby on 12 February.

    I have consistently supported lowering the franchise age to 16.  In this and in the previous parliament I have spoken and voted for votes at 16 in debates on Private Member’s Bills and divisions on amendments to other legislation.  Last year I tabled and spoke on an amendment to the Northern Ireland Miscellaneous Provisions Bill to give the Assembly the power to lower the voting age for local council and assembly elections.

    I look forward to meeting those participating in next week’s lobby in Parliament.  As well as underling my record of support for a more inclusive franchise in the 21st century, I look forward to their added arguments and justification.  I will also be encouraging them to make submissions to the planned enquiry by the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee (of which I am now a member) into electoral engagement and participation.

    Mark Durkan MP


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Dear [Politician's name],

Dear MP,

I am writing to you to ask you to support the WIMPS campaign to reduce the voting age to 16.

As you know the Assembly voted in favour of votes at 16 on 6th November 2012. We believe that it is now time for you - their colleagues in Westminster - to support the cause.

You can help in two ways:

On 12 February 2014 there will be a Votes at 16 Campaign at a Parliamentary Lobby starting at 3:15 pm. Members of the WIMPS (Where Is My Public Servant?) Crew will be there along with other young people from around the UK. Please join them there.

Whether you can be there or not, they would love to get a short message of support from you that they can publish on the campaign page. http://wimps.org.uk/campaigns/northern-ireland-mps-to-support-votes-at-16/

I look forward to hearing from you.

If someone can 

- get a job at 16, 
- pay tax at 16, 
- join the armed forces at 16,
- get married, set up a home at 16 
- If 16 year olds in Scotland can vote for independence ...
then surely people should be able to vote at 16 in Parliamentary and Assembly elections.

 

Thank you

 

 

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Yours sincerely,
[your name]

to send this lobby letter

This will be sent to:
  • Michelle Gildernew MP

  • Margaret Ritchie MP

  • Sylvia Hermon MP

  • Ian Paisley Jnr MP

  • Naomi Long MP

  • Jim Shannon MP

  • Gregory Campbell MLA

  • William McCrea MP

  • David Simpson MP

  • Nigel Dodds MP

  • Alasdair McDonnell MLA

  • Sammy Wilson MP

  • Pat Doherty MP

  • Conor Murphy MP

  • Jeffrey Donaldson, MP

  • Paul Maskey MP

  • Mark Durkan MP

  • Francie Molloy MP