Ed Miliband pledges to give 16-year-olds the vote in time for the Mayoral election

Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to lower the voting age to 16 if he is elected at next year's General Election.

Speaking at the Bite the Ballot's Leaders Live season, he promised to introduce legislation in the first session of the next Parliament which would allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in elections from May 2016, in time for the Mayoral Election.

Mr Miliband said:

That is part of our commitment to hearing the voice of young people.

I think we need to hear the voice of young people more in our democracy.

It's a sign of trust in young people.

– Ed Miliband