Election skirmishes over tax and workers’ rights


Sir Keir spent the day in the West Midlands, where he confirmed that his party wanted to lower the voting age to 16.

The party’s 2015, 2017 and 2019 manifestos pledged to implement the changes.

In Scotland and Wales, 16-year-olds can vote in devolved and local elections.

Asked if he backed, Sir Keir said yes adding: “If you can work, if you can pay tax, if you can serve in your armed forces, then you ought to be able to vote.”

Meanwhile Rishi Sunak met veterans in his home county of North Yorkshire, where he was asked about his rain-sodden speech in Downing Street on Wednesday.

The prime minister said he had not caught pneumonia but added that a lot of people had been offering him an umbrella.

Since, Mr Sunak fired the starting gun on a 4 July election, several MPs – including long-serving minister Michael Gove – have announced their decision to stand down.

Speaking on a visit to Chichester, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said Mr Gove’s decision to step down was a sign Conservatives were “giving up”.

He said the Lib Dems was “much more ambitious” than the other parties.

The SNP leader John Swinney was in Fife where he blamed austerity for undermining public services.

Also on the campaign trail was Reform UK leader Richard Tice who said his party would put immigration, law and order, NHS waiting lists and “making work pay” at the centre of its general election campaign.


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