Give 16-year-olds the vote - MP

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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP is backing moves which could give the vote to 16-year-olds.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher has revealed that the Labour Party is actively considering the reform as part of its current policy review.

Mr Dugher believes that confidence and trust in politicians is at an all-time low after the Parliamentary expenses scandal.

“Allowing votes at 16 may be just what the country needs to engage young people in politics. The need to consider fresh ways to get more people engaged in voting was brought home with the Government’s dismal police and crime commissioner elections,” he said.

Mr Dugher said everyone needed a stake in the country and that was central to Labour’s ‘one nation’ vision.

“Extending the vote to 16- and 17-year-olds could help achieve this, forcing politicians to listen,” he said.

“Many young people are the ones bearing the brunt of the harsh economic climate. Extending the vote would give them a way of expressing their views.

“Young people need a say as their future is synonymous with the future of the country. High youth unemployment risks creating a generation that is completely disengaged from the economy, from society and from politics.”