Mayoral candidate pledges to support Votes at 16 after meeting with #TeamFuture


  • Mayoral candidate commits to referendum on Brexit deal with Remain on the ballot paper.
  • Mayoral candidate meets with Reclaim Project's #TeamFuture to discuss their priorities.
  • Brophy: "A whole generation has been robbed of its future - votes at 16 is non-negotiable for me."

 

JANE BROPHY, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester, met with the Reclaim Project's #TeamFuture, to discuss their priorities for Greater Manchester, and invited them to write part of her manifesto.

#TeamFuture is a movement calling for bold, ethical and hopeful political leadership. They began as a group of working class young people from Greater Manchester but now are on a journey to bring together all voices; young or old, Northern or Southern, middle or working class, 52% or 48%.

Jane Brophy, who is running on an unapologetically pro-EU ticket, said: "Meeting #TeamFuture at Reclaim Project was genuinely inspirational, but it was also a stark reminder of a generation robbed of its future.

"As I listened to what the team at Reclaim had to say about Brexit, Donald Trump, climate change, poverty, education and mental health issues, it struck me that they spoke with more passion than most politicians I know.

"And yet they have had absolutely no say on their future. They will watch as this country is blindly ripped out of the EU, jobs dwindle, investment plummets and their opportunities fade away.

"This generation deserves to have a say and I am determined to give it to them. I will fight against this government to get a referendum on the Brexit deal, and 16 and 17-year-olds must have a vote in that."


Last week Brexit secretary David Davis confirmed that the Mayor of Greater Manchester will have a say on Brexit, telling the House of Commons he would meet with the region’s new mayor after May’s elections to discuss their priorities for any future deal struck by the government.

Jane Brophy will fight for a referendum on the deal we get outside of the EU, with Remain on the ballot paper, and said that 16 and 17-year-olds also need the opportunity to vote.

She added: "Votes at 16 is absolutely non-negotiable for me, this generation desperately needs a say on their future and it's a disgrace it hasn't happened yet."

Jane Brophy will face competition from Andy Burnham (Labour), Sean Anstee (Conservatives), Shneur Odze (UKIP) and a yet to be announced Green Party candidate.


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