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Votes at 16Creative and Media student Mihai Pirogov films as Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb watches on.

Young film-makers from the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) have produced a video backing the lowering of the voting age to 16.

Creative and Media students Mihai Pirogov, Alexander Bernard-Borrell and TJ Akberali and apprentice Henna Abid created the short film in support of the Votes at 16 campaign during a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

Votes at 16 is made up of UK youth organisations, political parties and other supporters, including the British Youth Council, Children's Rights Alliance for England, The Co-operative Group, National Union of Students and the Scottish Youth Parliament.

The film (above), entitled Young Voters Bill, was made following the introduction of a new parliamentary bill to reduce the voting age.

It features interviews with Conservative MP Nicky Morgan, Labour MP Peter Kyle and Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, who are all in favour of giving 16 year olds the right to vote.

They were asked how education could support the introduction of any new legislation to reduce the voting age, why they felt 16 year olds were mature enough to vote and how giving them the vote would affect their lives.

The video was commissioned by the Association of Colleges and was shown at its annual conference in Birmingham.

Votes at 16Top left, Creative and Media student TJ Akberali filming the video. Top right, Creative and Media student Alexander Bernard-Borrell interviews Labour MP Peter Kyle. Bottom, left to right, Conservative MP Nicky Morgan, Labour MP Peter Kyle and Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb appearing in the video.

A behind the scenes video (below) produced by Henna, 20, showed the three students working on the production and included their thoughts on the campaign.

Alexander, 18, said: “Lowering the voting age to 16 will encourage the youth to learn more about politics. It will become more democratic.”

Mihai, 19, said: “At the age of 16 we can already make life-changing decisions, such as getting married, joining the army and going straight into work. We need to make politics more interactive and appealing to young people.”

TJ, 18, added: “It is not just the elderly’s job to vote. Having more people involved in politics leads to a better government.”

The bill is due for a second reading in the House of Commons in May.

CONEL offers Creative and Media vocational courses at Levels 1 to 3 and also Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma courses.

Call 020 8442 3055 or click here to find out more about Creative and Media courses at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

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