16-year-olds should be allowed to vote, says MP

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The UK’s voting age should be lowered as ‘a matter of democratic principle’, according to a South Yorkshire MP.

John Healey, Rotherham’s elected member for Wentworth and Dearne, backed Labour leader Ed Miliband’s call to give 16- and 17-year-olds the vote after meeting with young campaigners.

He said: “We regard 16-year-olds as responsible enough to pay income tax, get married, join the armed forces and consent to medical treatment, but not vote, leaving them without a democratic voice on things that affect them.”