Tony Benn on how old your MP should be

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When are you old enough to become an MP?

Health Minister Anne Milton told the Royal College of Nurses Conference on Tuesday that anyone under the age of 45 did not have enough life experience to be elected.

If that was the case, then all of the leaders of the three main Westminster parties would be too young.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are both 44, while Ed Miliband is 40.

Tony Benn was 25 when he became a Labour MP for the first time in 1950. He tells BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast's Shelagh Fogarty that age does not matter to democracy.

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