Patrick Harvie MSP, Green Party MSP for the Glasgow region, has called on Members of the Scottish Parliament to back a motion calling on the Scottish Parliament to support lowering the voting age to 16 during Votes at 16 Action Week (5 – 11 March).

The motion ‘Votes at 16’ calls ‘That the Parliament believes that the voting age should be reduced to 16′.

Mr Harvie MSP, who is co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party
told the Votes at 16 Coalition: “I can see no reason to continue to withhold the vote from young people who can work, pay taxes, start a family, and make other independent life choices. Indeed, every school visit I take part in leaves me even more convinced that many young people are well informed about political issues and keen to participate in the democratic process. It’s time to harness that enthusiasm and energy, and welcome 16 and 17 year olds to the ballot box“.

The Votes at 16 campaign are calling on our supporters in Scotland to contact their MSP and ask them to add their name too. You can email your MSP in a minute here (all you need to know is your postcode) and you can download a letter with a request to your MSP to sign the motion here.

The following MSPs have signed the motion (as of Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 19 March):

  • Marco Biagi MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Central
  • Margaret Burgess MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Cunninghame South
  • Rod Campbell MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for North East Fife
  • Willie Coffey MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Kilmarnock & Irvine Valley
  • Graeme Dey MSP,  Scottish National Party MSP for Angus South
  • James Dornan MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Cathcart
  • Bob Doris MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow
  • Kezia Dugdale MSP, Labour / Co-operative MSP for the Lothian Region
  • Jim Eadie MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Southern
  • Annabelle Ewing MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Region
  • Linda Fabiani MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for East Kilbride
  • Neil Findlay MSP, Labour MSP for Lothian region
  • John Finnie MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Highlands and Islands Region
  • Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Dundee City West
  • Kenneth Gibson MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Cunninghame North
  • Patrick Harvie MSP, Green Party MSP for Glasgow Region
  • Jamie Hepburn MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
  • Alison Johnstone MSP, Green Party MSP for Lothian
  • Bill Kidd MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Anniesland
  • Richard Lyle MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Central Scotland Region
  • Gordon MacDonald MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands
  • Mark MacDonald MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for East Scotland Region
  • John Mason MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Shettleston
  • Stewart Maxwell MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for West of Scotland Region
  • Mark McDonald MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for North East Scotland Region
  • Christina McKelvie MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse
  • Aileen McLeod MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for South of Scotland Region
  • Fiona McLeod MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden
  • Stuart McMillan MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for West of Scotland Region
  • John Park MSP, Labour MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Region
  • Gil Paterson MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Clydebank and Milngavie
  • Willie Rennie MSP, Liberal Democrat MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife
  • Shona Robinson MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Dundee East
  • Dennis Robertson MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeenshire West
  • Kevin Stewart MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen Central
  • Dave Thompson MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
  • David Torrance  MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Kirkcaldy
  • Jean Urquhart MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Highlands and Islands Region
  • Maureen Watt MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Aberdeen South and North Kincardine
  • Sandra White MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Kelvin
  • Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for South of Scotland Region
  • Humza Yousaf MSP, Scottish National Party MSP for Glasgow Region