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Labour: 16-year-olds should be able to vote, but not attend Labour Live unaccompanied

Oh dear. The Labour party is one of the loudest cheerleaders when it comes to giving 16-year-olds the vote. At PMQs in January, Emily Thornberry was particularly keen to push the cause. The shadow foreign secretary accused the Conservatives – who oppose such a move – of being in a ‘coalition of cavemen’, before going on to list all the things 16-year-olds could do: leave home, start a family, marry, work, pay taxes and join the army.

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