Rejoice! Ed Miliband has “JUST ANNOUNCED” votes at 16 year-olds during his #LeadersLive debate with Bite The Ballot:
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) December 8, 2014
Just announced … apart from that time a free vote on the issue was in their 2010 manifesto. And all those other times, too:
Labour ‘will commit to giving 16-year-olds the vote in manifesto’ — 27 November 2012, Independent
“Labour is preparing to include a commitment to lowering the voting age to 16 in its next general election manifesto as a way of engaging teenagers in the political process, one of Ed Miliband’s key allies has indicated.
Labour leadership “very keen” for votes at 16 to be in Labour’s 2015 manifesto — 24 January 2013, LabourList
“There’s broad support from across the Labour Party today for the announcement that the Labour frontbench would be backing votes at 16 in the Commons today.
Labour Party adopts votes for 16-year-olds — 13 August 2013, Independent
“A commitment to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 will be included in the next Labour manifesto, the shadow Justice Secretary signalled today.”
Labour conference: Ed Miliband calls for votes at 16 — 24 September 2013, BBC
“Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for the voting age at UK elections to be lowered to 16.He announced the plan in his party conference speech in Brighton.
Labour plans to lower voting age to 16 — 23 January 2014, Guardian
“Khan will confirm that the next Labour government will give 16- and 17-year-olds the vote during a conference at the IPPR thinktank, which has called in a policy paper to make voting compulsory for first-timers.
Ed Miliband vows to give the vote to 16-year-olds — 23 September 2014, Mirror
“The Labour leader promised votes for 16- and 17-year-olds, an elected “senate of the regions” to replace the House of Lords, and a huge shift of power away from Westminster.
This is a very worthy policy, which should have been adopted years ago. But Scrapbook wonders whether a major party would attempt to bill such an obviously re-heated policy as “JUST ANNOUNCED” were it aimed at any other demographic.
They’re 16 — not born yesterday.