Colleges and students are backing calls for the voting age to be lowered

A new campaign is being launched today by the Association of Colleges and the NUS students' union in a bid to force the government to lower the voting age from 18 to 16.

Colleges across England are taking part in the Fair.Vote campaign, in which FE students and staff will lobby their local MPs to support a bill going through Parliament that proposes a reduction in the voting age.

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Tom Mauchline