I disagree with recent comments from Lib Dem Peer Lord Shipley in which he called for people under the age of 18 to be able to vote in North East elections. I believe that the voting franchise should not vary from area to area, we should have one voting age in the United Kingdom that treats all people and elections equally.
If any change to the voting age is made, I believe that a decision of such long term importance should be decided on a national basis by the people in a referendum. This decision should not solely be made by politicians, nor for political gain.
If the voters have an appetite for change in our voting system, then a referendum on this (as with a great many other important issues) would be an ideal way to express this. Personally, before we look at the voting age, I would review the voting system itself and see if we can find a more representative and fair system; however both issues should be decided by the people.
Jonathan Arnott MEP
UKIP, North East