Young people in Middlesborough have been successfully lobbying their Councillors to support votes at 16.

Their local campaign, led by Thomas Robinson, Middlesbrough’s Member of the UK Youth Parliament, has got 11 Councillors to become official supporters of our campaign.

Thomas, Middlesborough MYPThomas said: “Aged 16, young people can get married, join the armed forces and pay taxes – but they can’t vote. I think this is unfair which is why I’m calling for the government to introduce voting right for 16 and 17 year olds”.

Thomas told the Votes at 16 coalition how the campaign took three key steps :

  • Emailing all Councillors and asking them to sign up online
  • Meeting the Labour Group leader and asking if the Labour Councillors will give their support as the majority party
  • Talking to the one Liberal Democrat Councillor on the Council and asking for his support
  • The campaign has succeeded in putting these Councillors on our supporters’ map:

    • Cllr Len Junier (Labour, North Ormesby and Brambles Farm) (Young People’s Champion)
    • Cllr Peter Purvis (Labour, Thorntree)
    • Cllr Brian Hubbard (Independent, Beckfield)
    • Cllr Kevin Morby (Independent, Park End)
    • Cllr Tracy Harvey (Labour, Gresham)
    • Cllr Maelor Williams (Liberal Democrat, Stainton and Thornton)
    • Cllr Nicky Walker (Labour, Hemlington) (Executive Member for Transport and Streetscene Services)
    • Cllr Jeanette Walker (Labour, Hemlington)
    • Cllr Charles Rooney (Labour, Clairville) (Labour Group Leader and Executive Member for Regeneration)
    • Cllr Naweed Hussain (Labour, Linthorpe)
    • Cllr Janice Brunton (Labour, Coulby Newham) (Chair, Overview and Scrutiny)


    The Votes at 16 coalition would like to thank the campaigners in Middlesborough for all their hard work and thank the Councillors for their support. Inspired by this campaign? Find out how to run your own local campaign here.