Fight for your country, pay taxes, marry – but you are too “immature and irresponsible” to vote says Tory Deputy Leader

“Young people aged 16 and 17 lack the “maturity and responsibility” needed to vote, the de facto deputy prime minister has said.

In a move likely to anger young people demanding the right to vote, David Lidington dismissed calls for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

The Cabinet Office minister and unofficial deputy prime minister was stepping in for Theresa May, who is in China, at Prime Minister’s Questions.

He was responding to a question from Emily Thornberry, standing in for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, about why the Government refuses to reduce the voting age to 16.

In response to his answer, Ms Thornberry accused the Government of being a “coalition of cavemen”. …”