The government’s plans to introduce voter ID are an attack on democracy and an obvious attempt to disenfranchise particular groups of voters.
Voter fraud is almost non-existent in the UK and so the benefit of such proposals would similarly be almost non-existent. But the cost would undoubtedly be great. In elections where we have tested voter ID hundreds of people have been prevented from casting their vote. We know that voter ID makes it harder for people to vote and disproportionately affects specific groups such as ethnic minorities and people on low incomes.
The government wants to make it harder for people to vote because a lower turn out in elections benefits the Conservative party.
This is wrong. We need to engage people and modernise our voting system to increase political participation. I will do everything in my power to stop these proposals.