A BARNSLEY MP has called for a radical overhaul of the UK's voting system - by lowering the voting age to 16.
Michael Dugher MP says lowering the voting age would engage younger people to take an interest in politics.
He said: "Many young people are the ones bearing the brunt of the harsh economic climate. Extending the vote to 16 and 17 year olds would give them a tangible way of expressing their views.
“Young people need a say as their future is synonymous with the future of the country as a whole. When a young person can't get a job and is left languishing in long-term unemployment, this is not just a disaster for that person and their family, but for the whole country.”
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