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Hyndburn MP calls for 16 and 17-year-olds to be given vote
5:13pm Wednesday 17th October 2012 in News
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has welcomed the decision to give Scotland’s 16 and 17 year olds a vote in the referendum on Scottish independence.
But he says it is ‘patronising’ to deny youngsters elsewhere the same chance. He said: “Young people are the future of Scotland and I think it’s a good thing they will have the chance to express their opinions on that country’s future.
I would like to see greater democratic involvement of 16 and 17 year olds in the rest of the UK on a permanent basis.
“If at 16 you can join the armed forces, leave school, work and pay tax, then I think it seems entirely logical that you are old enough to vote.”
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