LOCAL MP Jo Swinson has backed the Votes at 16 campaign ahead of May’s Scottish elections and AV referendum.

Votes at 16 is a UK-wide coalition of young people, organisations and politicians calling for the voting age to be lowered from 18 to 16.

Over 1.5 million 16 and 17 year-olds across the country are currently unable to vote, and with the Scottish elections and AV referendum approaching, Ms Swinson has pledged her support for this important campaign. She was Parliament’s youngest MP when she was elected in 2005, and has pressed for the voting age to be lowered since then.

The East Dunbartonshire MP said: “I have met many 16 and 17 year-olds in my constituency with part-time jobs and they are paying taxes, yet they are still deemed too young to be trusted with a vote in our democratic elections.

“Past polls show that a majority of young people want the voting age to be reduced to 16 as by that age people are young adults, inheriting a range of legal rights - they can even join the armed forces.

“I encourage people of all ages to back the Votes at 16 campaign by visiting and becoming a supporter too.”