A Labour government will extend the vote to 16- and 17-year-olds within a year of the election, Ed Miliband has announced.
"I am pledging to bring that in by May 2016, so in time for the London mayoral election," the Labour leader said during his Leaders Live appearance, which was streamed live on YouTube.
"If you're a 15-year-old today that's in less than 18 months, you'll be able to vote if there's a Labour government."
That is part of our commitment to hearing the voice of young people, I think we need to hear the voice of young people more in our democracy - it's a sign of trust in young people.
- Ed Miliband
Leaders Live, organised by youth democracy movement Bite the Ballot and supported by ITV and the i, is holding hour-long question-and-answer sessions with young voters and all the major party leaders.
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