Labour’s Gloria de Piero and Hammersmith’s MP, Andy Slaughter, knock on doors of people who have fallen off the electoral register [Image: Linda Nylind for the Guardian].


The change to individual voter registration has delivered the Conservatives exactly the advantage they wanted, with primarily Labour supporters losing their right to vote as a result, it seems.

The Tories intend other measures, such as the unilateral decision to cut Short money – funding provided to opposition parties to do their work in Parliament – and the Trade Union Act which cuts union funding to the Labour Party, to finish the job of rendering Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition incapable of resisting Conservative dominion.

It is an evil plan, with no redeeming features at all; the Conservatives are the enemies of freedom.

But it is not too late to foil the first part of the scheme.

UK citizens may register to vote until three weeks before the May elections.

Simply visit the government’s voter registration website HERE and follow the instructions.

If you wish to pass the address on to others, it is https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

The Tories want to end effective democracy in the UK. Let’s make that goal impossible for them to achieve.

An estimated 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the government introduced changes to the system, with students in university towns at highest risk of being disenfranchised, the Guardian has learned.

Labour says it fears that the missing sections of the electorate are predominantly its supporters after the government moved from registration of electors by household to asking individuals to sign up, citing fears of fraud and error.

The estimated number of voters registered in December – the first figure under the new individual electoral registration system – is lower than in the previous year, with just months to go before May’s local, assembly and mayoral elections.

Overall 1.8% of voters are estimated to have dropped off the register across the population and figures compiled by the Labour party found the register had shrunk more dramatically in areas with a high population of students, such as Canterbury, which has seen a 13% drop, and Cambridge and Dundee West, both with an 11% fall.

Source: Electoral register loses estimated 800,000 people | Politics | The Guardian

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