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Portsmouth MP calls for ‘discriminatory’ Voter ID policy to be ‘urgently abolished’  

Stephen Morgan MP has called for the ‘discriminatory’ Voter ID policy to be ‘urgently abolished’.

It comes following the recent Queen’s Speech when the Government formally announced its plans to introduce mandatory Voter ID at the next election.

This policy would require voters to present photo ID to vote at polling stations in future elections.

Labour have called on the Conservatives to urgently rethink the policy, raising concerns that the policy will reverse decades of democratic progress and threaten to bar millions of people from exercising their democratic right to vote.

Since this policy was first announced in December 2016, the Government has received multiple warnings from charities, civil society figures and campaign groups that mandatory voter ID – if rolled out nationally – could pull up the drawbridge for millions of voters.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“Voter ID is a total waste of taxpayers’ money. The policy is set to cost millions of pounds at every election. 

“Voting is safe and secure in Britain. Ministers should be promoting confidence in our elections instead of spreading baseless scare stories which threaten our democracy.

“Millions of people lack photo ID in this country – in particular the elderly, low income and Black, Asian and ethnic minority voters. The Conservatives are reversing decades of democratic progress and urgently need to rethink this pointless policy.

“I will continue to work on behalf of the people of Portsmouth to ensure this damaging piece of legislation is not implemented.”