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MSP says she trusts 16 and 17 years old ahead of 2014 referendum

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 23:30 GMT on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013.

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CENTRAL Scotland SNP MSP Clare Adamson spoke during a Scottish Parliament Members Debate in support of the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Bill, which would allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum, in 2014, last Tuesday.

The regional MSP argued during her speech that trust would be key to the passing of the Bill. 

Ms Adamson suggested that as 16 and 17 year olds will be directly affected immediately by the outcome of the referendum, the challenge will be to convince Members of the Scottish Parliament that these individuals can be trusted with such a momentous decision at a younger age.

Continuing, MSP Adamson declared her trust in the young people of Scotland, citing the good works of local teenagers in her constituency, and argued for the right to vote for those upstanding young members of society.

Commenting, Ms Adamson said: “Our young people are conscientious contributors and responsible citizens. They are tackling some of the most serious issues that affect our society. That includes the Stand up to Sectarianism Project and the Machan Trust in Larkhall in my region. Those who are participating in the Mark Scott leadership awards are tackling and challenging the blight of sectarianism in our communities. I trust those young people to take a full part in the referendum.”

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Ms Adamson also encouraged all young people to become engaged in the referendum process and to take advantage of this historical opportunity to vote, should the Bill pass.

Ms Adamson concluded her argument by quoting American president Abraham Lincoln, who said: “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

Ms. Adamson said: “I hope that, on 19 September 2014, however our people decide to vote, we will wake up to few blisters and a confident and socially just Scotland, looking forward to our future.”     

The full debate can be viewed on the Scottish Parliament website.

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