Labour leader Ed Miliband pledges to lower voting age to 16

A Labour government will give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote if they win the next election.

Ed Miliband revealed he was a long-standing supporter of lowering the voting age during a live-stream conversation on YouTube this evening.

When asked about the issue on Leaders Live Miliband explained that this year’s Scottish referendum illustrated that young people have a voice and deserve to be heard.

He said: “Young people are the future and that means they should actively shape our politics – we will give 16 year olds the vote,” he said.

Leaders Live, supported by ITV News and Twitter, is the UK’s first livestream conversation between national party leaders and the UK’s youngest voters.

Miliband also said that he would introduce a mansion tax on properties worth more than £2million to help fund the NHS, would ban ‘exploitative’ zero-hours contracts and will make sure that every young person is in a job or training.

His comments were largely welcomed on Twitter where people showed their support using the hashtag #YesEd.

This follows Nigel Farage’s appearance on the show last week where he appeared to be confused about UKIP’s sex education policy.

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