I remain concerned about the government’s Elections Bill which seeks to make it compulsory for voters to show ID at a polling station by 2023. This would make it harder for many to vote, including the elderly and those on low incomes who are less likely to have a passport or driving licence. The Equality and Human Rights Commission have also warned the government that these measures would disproportionally effect those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. There were only six cases of ballot fraud at the last general election. The Bill is wholly disproportionate. I strongly oppose it and voted against it at Third Reading.

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