MSP calls on young people to stay engaged in politics

Argyll and Bute's SNP MSP Michael Russell.
Argyll and Bute's SNP MSP Michael Russell.

Michael Russell, SNP MSP for Argyll and Bute, is urging young voters to stay engaged in politics by taking part in an online survey.

The Scottish Parliament’s Devolution and Further Powers Committee wants to hear from 16/17 year old voters who voted for the first time in the Scottish independence referendum, held on September 18, 2014.

The Committee is running an online survey and taking video evidence from young voters who voted for the first time in the referendum.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr Russell said: “One of the most exciting aspects of the referendum campaign was the unprecedented levels of democratic engagement amongst young people in Argyll and Bute. Young people made their voice heard, and I enjoyed taking questions from them and engaging with them at various times during the campaign.

“I support the vote being extended to 16/17 year olds for future Scottish Parliament elections, as recommended by the Smith Commission, and I call on the UK Government to support a similar extension for the UK General Election next year.

“I would encourage young people in my constituency to share their experiences of voting in the referendum, and sustain the levels of engagement we saw during the campaign.”

The Scottish Parliament’s Devolution and Further Powers Committee survey is available by clicking here.

Instructions on submitting videos to be considered by the committee are available from the Scottish Parliament’s website.