On the 3rd of November, the Representation of the People (Young People’s Enfranchisement and Education) Bill will have it’s second reading in the House of Commons.
The bill seeks to reduce the voting age to 16 in parliamentary and other elections; to make provision about young people’s education in citizenship and the constitution; and for connected purposes.
To celebrate UK Parliament Week MetroPolis will bring together MPs, researchers and youth community leaders to discuss the bill, why it is important, what resistance the bill could face and how British Politics could change should the bill become law.
Invited Speakers include:
– Jim McMahon MP, Labour MP for Oldham East and Royton (and sponser of the bill)
– Professor Hannah Smithson, Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, MMU
– Ruth Ibegbuna, RECLAIM
– Hussain El-Amin, Student Union President, MMU
MetroPolis is a research-led think tank established by academics at Manchester Metropolitan University.
It presents an opportunity to amplify the fresh ideas and policy-related insights of our research whilst building the capacity of our academics to engage with policy makers.
MetroPolis is led by Professor of Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Chris Fox, External Affairs Advisor Michael Taylor and colleagues from the University’s Office of Research and Knowledge Exchange. The University’s Chancellor Lord Mandelson is convenor of the initiative.