Scotland politics

Sturgeon to press PM on voting age

Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron
Image caption Nicola Sturgeon is meeting David Cameron for the first time since becoming first minister

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will press the prime minister to lower Scotland's voting age when they hold face-to-face talks next week.

In her first meeting with David Cameron since becoming first minister, she will urge him to act swiftly to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in 2016.

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael is considering a fast-track transfer of the powers from the UK to Scotland.

It was a key recommendation of the Smith Commission to boost devolution.

The talks between Ms Sturgeon and Mr Cameron will come as she heads to London for a joint ministerial committee meeting of the UK government and the heads of the devolved administrations, on Monday.

'Huge success'

The first minister said: "Giving 16 and 17-year-olds the vote for the independence referendum is widely seen as having been a huge success, which added to the unprecedented democratic engagement of the campaign and the massive turnout.

"We want to make sure those same young adults now have the chance to vote in the next Scottish Parliament election, and have their say on how the country should be run.

"I will make it clear to David Cameron that we need to see swift action to make sure the powers are transferred in time to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to have a vote in the next Holyrood election.

Ms Sturgeon, who said she was "confident" a deal could be reached, said the issue was a "key early test" of Westminster's commitment to delivering the additional powers, in return for a "No" vote in the September independence referendum.

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