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SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has welcomed the decision taken by the Scottish Parliament to extend the right to vote in next year’s Holyrood elections to 16 and 17 year olds.

Ms Campbell has previously worked with constituent Euan Purchase from Carluke who wrote to her seeking a franchise extension for 16 and 17 year olds in the referendum.

The Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill, passed in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 18th June, grants the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds in all Scottish Parliament and Scottish local government elections.

Commenting, Aileen said:

"When my then 16 year old constituent Euan Purchase wrote to me seeking a franchise extension for 16 and 17 year olds in the referendum, I was thrilled to take the case further to help secure the democratic right.

"Young people in Clydesdale continue to set an example with well-informed and passionate engagement. Biggar High have been running the fantastic Rights Respecting School Award project, while pupils of Carluke are keen to get involved with the development of the town. Political debates around local and national issues can and should be more inclusive of our young people.

"It is utterly disappointing to see the Tory government take the decision to prevent 16 and 17 year olds from voting in the EU referendum. The engagement and turnout for the independence referendum was inspiring so it’s delightful to see the Scottish Parliament taking a progressive stance to extend the franchise in future Scottish Parliament and Scottish local government elections."

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