South Yorkshire MP wants voting age lowered

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP John Healey has backed moves to lower the voting age to 16.

“This is a matter of democratic principle,” Mr Healey said. “In this country we have 16-year-olds who can leave school, start work, pay income tax, receive benefits and tax credits, give consent to medical treatment, become company directors, join trade unions, join the armed forces, get married and enter into civil partnerships.

“But we do not regard them as responsible enough to vote.”