The Labour Party is to “seriously look” at lowering the voting age to 16, the MP for Barnsley East has announced.
Michael Dugher, who is also the party’s Vice-Chair, said the move would give young people “a tangible way of expressing their views”.
Writing in the Yorkshire Post, he revealed “Votes at 16” will be included in a policy review, which will “inform Labour’s election manifesto in 2016”.
"This need to consider fresh ways to get more people engaged in voting was brought home with the Government's dismal police and crime commissioner elections. Less than one in six cast a vote - the lowest ever participation in a national election.
But Philip Davies, the Conservative MP for Shipley, argued that 18 was "the appropriate" voting age and described Labour's announcement as “contradictory”.
Teenager Liam Cutler, a member of the UK Youth Parliament who has campaigned to lower the voting age, said the announcement was "a step in the right direction" but added it wasn't "anything new".