Watch Labour push youth voting here

Ed Miliband is promising to give 16 year olds the vote in the UK.

Labour here has hinted at the same policy, and I remember a soft push along these lines.

But if Miliband succeeds in the UK then watch them push it here.

Sixteen and 17-year-olds will be allowed to vote within a year of the next election, Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged last night.

Mr Miliband said the government would change the law to lower the voting age from May 2016.

Such a move – the first change in the national voting age since 1969 – would enfranchise more than 1.5million 16 and 17-year-olds. It comes after the voting age was lowered for the first time in the Scottish referendum in September.

During a YouTube debate Mr Miliband said: ‘Too many young people are turning their backs on politics which is bad for our country and bad for them too.

‘That’s because too often young people don’t get a look-in with politicians who know they can’t vote – or assume that they won’t vote.

‘The measures we will introduce in our first year of government represent the greatest extension of the franchise in my lifetime.

‘But it is not enough just to give young people the right to vote. We must do everything we can to ensure they have the chance to exercise it.’  

Mr Miliband, who has long been a supporter of an earlier voting age, is expected to use a speech at next week’s party conference to pledge that the policy will be included in his general election manifesto.

Party sources believe that idealistic youngsters are more likely to vote Labour. The idea is also backed by the Liberal Democrats.

The voting age in Britain was reduced from 21 to 18 in 1969.

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has previously dismissed calls to lower the voting age to 16 when the issue was raised last year.

Mr Shapps warned the move would ‘politicise the classroom, with votes for youngsters who are still at school’.

He also accused Labour of bowing to the demands of its union paymasters over the issue.

Last year Unite, which is Labour’s biggest donor, demanded that 16-year-olds should be given the vote.

The union, run by Len McCluskey, said: ‘Young people should be given a stake in the political process by lowering the voting age to 16.’


The schools are already politicised by the teacher unions…but this will only serve to make it worse.

We lowered the drinking age and look at what happened there…giving snot nosed kids the vote won’t help anyone.


– Daily Mail

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