Labour leadership “very keen” for votes at 16 to be in Labour’s 2015 manifesto

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. I had thought this was unremarkable as Labour had made a commitment to lowering the voting age in the 2010 manifesto – but I was rightly corrected, because the 2010 pledge was only to hold a free vote.

Expect to see a commitment to lowering the voting age in the next Labour manifesto. A Labour source told me this morning that both Ed Miliband and Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan are: “very keen for it to find its way into the next manifesto”.

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