Sixteen-year-olds could get to vote in the next General Election, Hounslow's outgoing Member of Youth Parliament has claimed ahead the local youth elections.
Dunja Relić has spent the last year representing 11-18 year-olds across the borough and believes it is only a matter of time before the voting age is lowered. This May's General Election may be too soon, but she says it is achievable in time for the next one.
The 18-year-old, who is due to sit her A-levels at Gumley House Convent School, in Isleworth, this summer, insists last year's Scottish independence referendum set a precedent by giving 16 and 17-year-olds a say in their country's future.
"You had 75% of 16-17 year-olds turning out to vote in Scotland, which was a higher percentage than among 18-24 year-olds. That showed they want to be engaged and feel like a part of the system," she said.
"Excluding them when they're showing such an interest isn't good for anyone. They should be allowed a say when decisions are being made which affect them.
"The arguments being used against giving them the vote - like saying they're too immature or will just copy their parents - are similar to those which were being used against women 100 years ago.
"Young people are beginning to believe this could be implemented and I think it would be possible for the next general election."
Ms Relić, who lives in Hammersmith, was speaking as the the annual youth elections in Hounslow gear up.
Young people have until February 27 to put themselves forward to stand, and the vote itself will run from March 7-31. The winner is due to be announced on April 1 - just over a month before adults hit the polls to decide the next government.
The successful candidate will get to represent the views of Hounslow's younger generation on a national level, including the opportunity to sit alongside other MYPs in the UK Youth Parliament's annual House of Commons debate.
Each year, young people across the country also get to vote on the issues which should be included in the UKYP national manifesto. In Hounslow last year, the hot topics were a living wage, mental health and votes for 16-year-olds.
Ms Relić, who will now guide the capital's latest batch of MYPs in her new role as procedures group member for London, appeared on both BBC Breakfast and ITV News to talk about youth engagement during her spell.
She also took to the despatch box in Parliament to make the case for greater female representation in the upper echelons of politics - something which is not an issue in the junior ranks.
"When we sat in the House of Commons we had 54% female MYPs, which is something that's never happened before, and there was also a vast range of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities. I was honoured to be a part of that," she said.
There is also no party politics in the UKYP, with all MYPs sitting as independents, which Ms Relić believes contributes to less fractious debates.
She urged anyone thinking of standing to give it a go, saying she had relished her year in the hot seat, having only entered the race seven days before the polls opened.
As for her future plans, she has set her sights high. "I would definitely like to be an MP and one day maybe even PM," she says.
Anyone aged 11-18 and living, working or studying in Hounslow is eligible to stand in the local youth election. For more details, and to apply, email email@example.com.