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06/06/01
Young Voters in Election Turn-Off
- Poll finds low interest as Brown vetoes youth wage rise

LESS than half of young people eligible to vote will turn out on Thursday's General Election, a new survey predicts.

The poll commissioned by national pop music station, Radio 1FM, found that only 45 per cent of those aged between 18 and 25 would bother to vote, some 20-30 per cent less than the rest of the population.

"There are not sufficient reasons for them to vote," said Louise King of the British Youth Council. "They are not going to bother until they believe they are being taken seriously."

Backing up King's claims, it was revealed today that Chancellor Gordon Brown has vetoed a plan to raise the minimum wage for under 21 year olds to the levels enjoyed by older people.

King is campaigning for the voting age to be lowered to 16 from the current 18, pointing out that 16 year-olds can already join the army, get married and get a full-time job. Major parties are against such a move, though fringe groups such as the Socialist Alliance have pledged to give 16 year odls the vote



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