Young people may not have a vote but they should certainly have a voice.
Today a petition from young people was put forward to the Mayor by my colleague Val Shawcross AM.
The petition with 106 signatures from year 11 pupils at a school in Norwood, asks:
“Please sign this petition if you would like an electronic information board to be installed at the 417 and 432 bus stops.”
The Tories on the London Assembly voted against accepting it and passing it to the Mayor on the basis of a minor technical point, which they said would set a “dangerous precedent”. You can judge for yourself by watching the webcast here.
Later in the session, and perhaps a little embarrassed, they said it was because the petition included email addresses. But these email addresses are protected by data protection laws and signatories to these petitions are never made public. So why the fuss?
What message does the Tories’ decision send to young Londoner’s about democracy in their city?
Luckily the Labour Group, along with the Greens and Lib Dems, voted together to pass the petition on and the Mayor will now receive it.
Let’s hoping Transport for London installs the information board.