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Lesson in politics needed

Almost four out of 10 young people (37 per cent) believe the voting age should remain at 18 and cite lack of confidence and understanding about politics.

Article 12, a youth-led charity, canvassed 1,000 young people across Scotland and found that more than 60 per cent were n favour of lowering the voting age. They were able to marry, work and pay taxes at 16 and therefore should be able to vote, they said.

But a significant minority are still uncertain. Article 12 wants politics introduced into the first-year secondary curriculum.

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