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16 and 17 year olds to vote on independence

A Bill that will give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in the independence referendum has been passed by the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking after the Parliament passed the legislation, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“The independence referendum is an opportunity to ensure that key decisions about Scotland are made by the people who live here rather than by politicians at Westminster.

“Young people have the greatest stake in this country’s future and I am very proud that the Parliament has given them the right to vote on 18 September 2014.

“The legislation is a crucial step towards next year’s historic vote.''

Pupils give reaction to voting age bill

A bill to lower the voting age to 16 in the independence referendum has been formally lodged in the Scottish Parliament.

The idea was agreed in principal last year and if it passes, it will be the first time in the UK a national poll has been extended to include 16 and 17-year-olds.

Pupils from Earlston High School in the Scottish Borders have been giving their views on the bill:

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'Giving the vote is the right thing to do' says Deputy First Minister

On a visit to an Edinburgh High School to mark the introduction of the Bill, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“No-one has a bigger stake in the future of our country than today’s young people and it is only right that they are able to have a say in the most important vote to be held in Scotland for three centuries.

“At 16, young people can marry, have children and pay taxes and it is therefore correct that they are given the right to vote on the future of the country in which they live.

"In modern Scotland, giving the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds is the right thing to do.

“We want to make sure that our young people have the opportunity to engage in Scotland’s democratic process."

– Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Bill to give votes to 16-year-olds introduced

A bill to lower the voting age to 16 in the independence referendum has been formally lodged in the Scottish Parliament.

The idea was agreed in principal last year by First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron.

If passed, it will be the first time in the UK that the franchise has been extended to include 16 and 17-year-olds in a national poll.

A separate Bill detailing the proposed single question referendum will be brought forward later this month.

Labour gain Carlisle council

Labour ended 13 years of Conservative rule in Carlisle after winning 27 of the 52 seats.

The party gained four seats at the expense of the Tories and Liberal Democrats, who both lost two seats each.

The result leaves Conservative with 20 seats; Lib Dem two; and Independent with two seats.

There was one vacant seat for Harraby after the death of Labour councillor Dave Weedall last month.

Labour take Carlisle Council Credit: ITV

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