Early Parliamentary General Election

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:39 pm on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Independent, Ilford South 6:39 pm, 28th October 2019

Absolutely.

There is a dire need for us to think about the long-term consequences. If 16 and 17-year-olds are not allowed to vote, that generation will be extremely unhappy for many years to come. We also need to look at the role of social media. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has highlighted the problems with social media’s involvement in election campaigning. If there is an election in a few weeks’ time, it will not be properly regulated and will be open to abuse.