Khan: Parliament has nothing to do


Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

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MPs have jeered Sadiq Khan for suggesting Parliament “has nothing to do”, amid speculation he is set to run for London Mayor in 2016.

The shadow justice secretary urged Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to use the time available to lower the voting age to 16 in time for the general election.

But at a Commons question session, Mr Clegg said there was a busy legislative programme and suggested Mr Khan only believed it was quiet because he was pursuing other career options.

Mr Khan insisted the independence referendum in Scotland showed the policy worked and said time was available for Labour and the Liberal Democrats to pass the measure before May’s poll despite Tory objections.

Mr Khan said: “You have always been an advocate of votes for 16 and 17-year-olds. Bearing in mind, if we’re honest, MPs have got nothing to do between now and May… in Parliament, why not work with us to try and give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote by the time of the next general election?

“It can be done this time and there is willingness on your part and on this side as well.”

Highlighting Mr Khan’s expected run for the London mayoralty, Mr Clegg replied: “You can speak for yourself if you think you have nothing to do – maybe that’s why you are pursing other ambitions.”

He added: “I think there is actually a significant legislative agenda still to be examined and debated on in this Parliament.

“It’s an open secret there are of course differences… between the two parties on this issue of extending the franchise to 16 and 17-year-olds. My view, I suspect much the same as yours, is the time will come this change will happen.

“It’s going to happen a little bit more slowly than I would like.”

Published: Tuesday 14th October 2014 by The News Editor

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