3 reasons why 16 year olds in this area, should be able to vote!

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The Labour party believe in reducing the voting age to 16.

Why should the voting age be reduced?

giphy-18The three reasons why I believe people aged 16 or 17 years old, in Werrington, Gunthorpe, Paston and Walton should be able to vote, is because:

  1. At 16, the law already allows a person to; pay income tax and National Insurance, get married or enter a civil partnership, become a director of a company, join the armed forces or become a member of a trade union.
  2. Participation in free elections is a fundamental human right (protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UK’s Human Rights Act).
  3. Citizenship education has been a compulsory part of the national curriculum in secondary schools since 2002 and 85% of secondary schools have school councils. 

What does Darren think?

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In the 2011 Census for Peterborough, 4741 residents were aged between 16 and 17, I should imagine this number is now greater. At last years General Election, the Tories won by just 2580 votes.

Young people aged 16 to 17, are some of the hardest hit, by the austerity polices of the Tories and Lib Dems and the utter failure of the Conservative controlled City Council.

They are the ones who need access to training, housing, proper paid jobs and leisure.

Last year, figures released on behalf of the Government, showed just 0.1% of the 16-17 year olds in Peterborough, were claiming unemployment support, this means the most are either studying or working, and most certainly paying taxes. Thus, they deserve a say, they deserve the opportunity to vote.

In my opinion, Peterborough City Council, the elected mayor for the County and our MPs, should be writing to the Government and demanding the age of voting be reduced and look to be part of any required trials etc

If YOU agree, what can YOU do?

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Very simply, copy the quote below and then visit www.writetothem.com and then paste it and send it to your local councillors and MP! 

“I believe it is time for the government to reduce the age of voting to 16. So that people aged 16 or over can vote in local or general elections, and any referendum that might occur. Please let me know what YOU are doing to make this happen.”

PLZ let me know YOUR thoughts below!

 

Food bank use in Peterborough ‘up 50% in a year’

Jeremy Corbyn at Food Bank
Rise in food bank use due to “significant problems” with Tories Universal Credit.

What will Labour do?

🌹 Labour will ensure that everyone in the UK has a Right to Food by enshrining it in UK law, in a new Fair Food Act.
🌹 Labour will set a target of ending the need for food banks altogether.
🌹 A £6m Access to Food Fund will be established to kick start the development of local community food plans in the 50 most food deprived areas of the country.

👍🏽 Join the local LABOUR party for as little as £2.17 a month: https://join.labour.org.uk

UKIP in Peterborough on a downward spiral ……

Paul Nuttall
Nuttall lasted just 8 months as leader of the party!

At the last General Election, UKIP decided not to put up a candidate in Peterborough …. in order to, according to them, assist the Tory candidate in being re-elected.

It didn’t work!

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Some UKIP members haven’t helped the image of the party!

On Peterborough City Council, they are now down to just 2 councillors, having lost 60% of their seats in the last couple of years.

At the recent Park Ward local election, the UKIP candidate got 176 votes, DOWN nearly 50% on the previous year!

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Farage sneaking out of building ….. dressed as a builder!

UKIP’s decision to stand aside for the Conservatives in Peterborough, earlier this year, shows they are a spent force!

As Nigel Farage has said, Theresa May is now using the exact words and phrases he has been using for the last 20 years.

Locally, there have been strong suggestions that at least one of the existing UKIP councillors will be joining the Conservative party, in order to get re-elected.

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People are letting UKIP know what they think of them at the ballot boxes!

Also, to give you an idea of the mess UKIP have been in locally, you might like to read some of the text from the ‘tell-tale’ book on UKIP in the city, which claims to reveal damning information about the party, by the former deputy chairman of UKIP Peterborough, by VISITING HERE and choosing the “Look Inside” option!

Enjoyable Q and A session with students from St John Fisher School @sjfpeterborough

With students and head teacher Sean Hayes.
With students and head teacher Sean Hayes.

I had an enjoyable chat recently with students from St John Fisher, after receiving an invite from the school’s head teacher to take part in a question and answers session.

I was pleasantly impressed with the students knowledge of politics and the present nation issues and policies, of the major parties.

From the response that I received directly afterwards and subsequently on-line, it seems that I made a pretty positive impact?

St John Fisher Catholic High School is the Catholic secondary school for the Peterborough area.
St John Fisher Catholic High School is the Catholic secondary school for the Peterborough area.

One of the nice comments I received afterwards was this one:

“My niece was there. She and her friends were well impressed with you. She said your performance persuaded some of them to vote Lib-Dems.

“Their least favourite was a certain Stewart Jackson. No surprises there!” (Source)

It’s a shame a few more schools in the city do not undertake a similar exercise in order to encourage interest amongst their students?

The school has some 750 students aged 11-18.
The school has some 750 students aged 11-18.
  • To view the full range of photos from the day please CLICK HERE!
  • To visit the schools website please CLICK HERE!