Argument: Age of candidacy of 18 would encourage greater youth participation
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- Christopher Leslie, elections minister. Department for Constitutional Affairs. January 28, 2005 - "Giving younger people the right to participate fully in elections from the age of 18 can only encourage them to learn more about the democratic process and use their right to vote."
- The citizenship element of the national curriculum has an important part to play in educating young people about democratic institutions and political processes."
- Charles Hendry, UK shadow minister for young people, said in 2005 - "We welcome this move to reduce the age of candidacy to 18-years-old. This will appeal to many young people who want to get involved in politics, particularly in local government.
- The Conservatives already have some excellent young councillors, many in positions of considerable responsibility. We hope that this will encourage even more young people to get more involved in local government and politics at a younger age."
- Dennis Reed, chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit, 2005 - "Candidacy at 18 will be a beneficial move in engaging young people in local politics and boosting local democracy.