Thank you to everyone who voted for The Labour Party at the elections in May. When we were knocking on doors we came across many people who weren't registered and therefore were not able to vote.
The government has changed the system of voter registration. It is now called Individual Electoral Registration. Nationally, 1.9m people have not registered under this new system. Most of these live in inner city areas where there are lots of private rented properties, students and young people - an area like ours. These people will be removed from the register and not allowed to vote.
Although there are no national or local government elections for nearly 4 years there are three other events coming up. In May 2016 there is the Police and Crime Commissioner election and the possible European Referendum the following year.
Perhaps more significant for the City is the proposed redrawing of boundaries where the Tories may use the number of electors (that is those registered) rather than the number of properties (those that could be registered) to decide where to draw the lines. With the low registration it could lead to the City going from three MPs to two MPs. Whatever your politics, if you care for our City, you cannot want us to have less representation in Parliament.
So if you are:-
- aged 16 or over
- a British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen or
- a citizen of an EU member state
register today, check with your friends and neighbours that they are registered, raise it at work or any club or society you attend, but please try to ensure that as many people as possible are registered.
It can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote takes just 5 minutes and all you need is your National Insurance number.