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Starmer wants lower voting age to 16 because he thinks that will increase the vote for Labour. Everything else here is bullshit

Sir Keir Starmer has confirmed that he wants 16 and 17-year-olds to be able to cast a ballot after suggestions that changes to the voting age would appear in the Labour manifesto.

The dramatic policy could even be in the King’s speech as Starmer is said to believe the legislation is ‘extremely straightforward’.

The Labour leader has previously hinted at his eagerness to give children a role in elections with a report by the National Policy Forum saying it would help restore faith in democracy in September.

It would bring England in line with Scotland and Wales, where 16 and 17-year-olds can already vote in their local and devolved authority elections.

Speaking at Marston Road, the stadium of Stafford Rangers FC, on Saturday morning, the party leader told reporters: ‘Yes, I want to see both 16 and 17-year-olds. If you can work, if you can pay tax, if you can serve in your armed forces, then you ought to be able to vote.’

The move to enfranchise younger voters is set to benefit the party in future elections – with analysis by the broadsheet showing that if the teenagers vote in the same way as 18-24 year olds they could flip as many as eight seats red.

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