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Dagenham and Rainham MP calls for voter ID plans to be abolished

Jon Cruddas has launched a survey where residents can share their views on voter identification

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham has warned introducing mandatory voter identification could stop millions of people from taking part in elections in the UK. 

During the most recent Queen’s Speech, the Government formally announced its plans to require voters to present photo ID at polling stations in future elections. 

It is claimed the scheme would help tackle voter fraud and restore faith in the electoral process. 

However, the Electoral Reform Society has argued the Government is trying to fight a problem that does not actually exist. 

In 2019, there were only 34 allegations of people impersonating voters at polling stations in the UK, out of 58 million votes cast.

Labour MP Jon Cruddas said the scheme would create an even larger issue as it could stop an estimated 3.5 million people from voting in the UK. 

“Millions of people lack photo ID in this country – in particular the elderly, low income and Black, Asian and ethnic minority voters,” said Mr Cruddas. 

“The Conservatives are reversing decades of democratic progress and urgently need to rethink this pointless policy.

“The reality is that the Tories are attempting to price people out of democracy and it is a disgrace.

Mr Cruddas has launched a survey where residents can share their views on the Government’s proposals.

If you would like to fill out the survey, you can do so online here

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