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Report: Labour plotting to lower voting age to 16

Ed Miliband addressed teenage pupils at Blatchington Mill School in Hove last month. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour have reportedly drawn up plans to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in an attempt to capture more support.

The Sunday Times said Labour's shadow minister for London, Sadiq Khan, had prepared the key reform, which could be introduced for the 2020 election if the party return to power in 2015.

Former Miliband guru tells Labour leader to grow up

Lord Glasman received his peerage from Ed Miliband, but has sharp words for the Labour leader. Credit: Lucy Ray/PA Archive

Ed Miliband has also faced renewed criticism from one of his former political gurus, who said the Labour leader currently appeared too immature to lead the country.

Academic Lord Glasman, writing in the Mail on Sunday, said: "At the very time when Labour should be showing the way ahead, it gives the impression of not knowing which way to turn."

Lord Glasman, who has written critically about Mr Miliband before, added "When the Labour battle bus should be revving up, it is parked in a lay-by of introspection. It is time for Ed Miliband to show he is a grown-up politician big enough to lead this country."


Prescott tells Miliband to turn hairdryer on Labour team

Lord Prescott has urged Ed Miliband to adopt the scare-tactic approach of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson with under-performing members of his shadow cabinet.

If shadow cabinet members aren't pulling their weight, give them the hairdryer treatment and kick 'em out.

Time is running out. We can still turn it around and win in the second half. But we need the very best team, week in, week out.

– Lord Prescott, writing in his column in the Sunday Mirror

Miliband at new low as Prescott slams failing Labour

Ed Miliband remains the least liked of the three party leaders among polled voters despite Labour remaining their favoured party. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Ed Miliband has faced another attack from a senior Labour figure as a new poll suggests his approval rating is at an all-time low.

Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has said the shadow cabinet had "massively failed" to get its message across and urged Mr Miliband to get tougher with under-performing shadow ministers.

A ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror showed just 22% thought Mr Miliband was doing a good job compared to 50% who did not - an approval rating of minus 28.

That is despite Labour gaining a point on 37%, compared to the Conservatives' unchanged score of 28%.

Lord Prescott: Police 'must act' over Miliband egging

Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has told ITV News he thinks the police should question a man who threw eggs at Labour leader Ed Miliband in south London today.

But Lord Prescott has insisted there needs to be a clear message that it is "unacceptable for public people or individuals to be assaulted simply for publicity".


John Prescott calls Miliband egging an 'assault'

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has called on the Metropolitan police to interview the man who threw eggs at Labour leader Ed Miliband earlier today.

Writing on Twitter, he said:

Prescott: Labour will not allow unions to 'dictate policy'

Lord Prescott has told Daybreak the Labour Party will not allow trade unions to "dictate policy".

The former deputy prime minister praised Labour leader Ed Miliband's plans to change the party's relationship with the unions.

Lord Prescott said, "We're not going to allow them to dictate policy. They can come to conferences and help decide our policy, but we're not having rich people do it".

Prescott congratulates Hull City over promotion

Former Hull East MP John Prescott has congratulated Hull City after the team was promoted to the Premier League, drawing 2-2 against Cardiff City.

Prescott attacks Thatcher's funeral costs

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has denounced plans for the taxpayer to foot the bill for Baroness Thatcher's funeral.

Writing in his Sunday Mirror column, Lord Prescott said the ceremonial funeral at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday was simply a "political propaganda exercise" for the Conservative Party.

"I despised everything she stood for. She may have been a woman, but in her policies she showed no compassion to the sick, needy and the desperate," the Labour peer wrote.

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott denounces plans for the taxpayer to pay for the funeral. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"Even in death, she is spinning from her grave. She claimed she never wanted a state funeral, but she planned to give herself the same ceremonial one as the Queen Mother", he continued.

Lord Prescott suggested the 13,000 millionaires who each received £100,000 tax cut as a result of the Government's cut in the top rate of tax should instead each contribute £770 to pay for it.

"Privatise her funeral. It would be a fitting tribute," he added.

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