Last week, an attempt by MPs to give 16 and 17-year-olds and EU nationals the right to vote in the upcoming general election was stopped in its tracks. In a blow for campaigners, Deputy Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle rejected amendments which would have given Parliament a vote on extending the franchise. The Conservative Party welcomed the decision, whereas Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately expressed his disappointment.
He said: “All 16-year-olds should have the right to vote.
“It seems fundamental to our democracy.
“It’s young people’s future after all we will be debating in this election.”
Sir Lindsay is currently the favourite to become the next Speaker of the House of Commons, according to the bookies.
Lindsay Hoyle blocked a Remainer plot to reverse Brexit (Image: BBC/GETTY)
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The Deputy Speaker is listed at odds as short as 2/5 to replace Mr Bercow, who stood down on Thursday after 10 years in the chair.
The 62-year-old has been the Labour MP for Chorley since 1997 and Deputy Speaker since 2010.
Although he is firmly rooted in his Lancashire constituency of Chorley, which supported Leave in the 2016 referendum, he has never declared his views on Brexit.
His latest ruling on the amendment that would have given 16 and 17-year-olds and EU nationals the right to vote in the December 12 elections, though, has been seen as a huge boost for the Prime Minister and Brexiteers.
According to former Conservative MP Ken Clarke, Remainer MPs were plotting to use the electoral change to significantly lower the Prime Minister’s chances of winning at the polls.
The veteran MP said that MPs wanted to reduce the voting age to 16 only to hurt Mr Johnson’s chances of gaining a majority in a general election.
Speaking to Radio 4’s Today programme last week, Mr Clarke said: “They’re desperate to fight this election.
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