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PM meeting with First Minister of Scotland: December 2014

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The Prime Minister met the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon at Downing Street this morning after the Joint Ministerial Committee.

Following the meeting, a Downing Street spokesperson said:

They had a very cordial and constructive meeting.

They discussed the Smith Commission’s recommendation on the Scottish Parliament having the power to extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds, and the Prime Minister told the First Minister that he will do all he can to ensure 16 and 17 year olds can vote in next Holyrood elections.

They also agreed to establish a joint ministerial working group with UK and Scottish Government ministers to look at practical implementation and transitional issues around Department for Work and Pensions programmes.

The Prime Minister made clear that he wants to work with the First Minister, forging even stronger ties between our governments and our Parliaments and working together on the big issues for the future of Scotland and the United Kingdom.