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Justin raises concerns after over 250,000 people are 'locked out' of voting

Labour MP Justin Madders has raised concerns after new figures revealed that over 250,000 people have registered to vote since the General Election deadline of 20th April.

The figures, brought to light by a Parliamentary Question to the Cabinet Office Minister, John Penrose MP, follow warnings prior to the election that as many as 11,000 voters vanished from the electoral roll in a number of key marginal constituencies following the change to Individual Electoral Registration.

The Conservatives won the election with a majority of seven seats, with the slimmest margin being just 27 votes in the Welsh constituency of Gower. Just 42 votes split Labour and the Conservatives in Derby North and 165 in Croydon Central.

Commenting, Justin Madders MP said:

"These figures are deeply concerning, as they show that over a quarter of a million people have been locked out of participating in the election. I know from my own experience here in Ellesmere Port & Neston that countless people thought they were registered but only found out that they were not when it was too late. This number of people registering in such a short space of time is clear evidence that the new system of Individual Elector Registration, introduced by the Conservatives has had precisely the effect they were warned about."

"The Government really need to think again about this system. That many voters could clearly have changed the outcome of the election and while we will never know who they actually would have voted for, it is clearly a huge question mark against the legitimacy of this Government."

"Despite such a large number of people registering since the deadline, we know that many more are still missing from the electoral roll. Urgent steps need to be taken to address this issue before the Government even considers commencing a Boundary Review. A failure to tackle this issue will leave the Tories with serious questions to answer about their motivation for redrawing the boundaries."

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