'Force the young to vote' call
YOUNG people should be forced to vote the first time they are eligible to do so, a think tank has said.
The plans from IPPR would involve a small fine for young people who didn't vote in their first election.
They found that the UK has one of the largest differences in voter turn out between young and old people in Europe.
Guy Lodge, an associate director at the think tank, said: "Unequal turnout matters because it gives older and more affluent voters disproportionate influence at the ballot box.
"Turnout rates among the young have fallen significantly which means there is less incentive for politicians to pay attention to them.
"Young people who don't vote today are less likely than previous generations to develop the habit of voting as they get older, which is why first time compulsory voting is so important."