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This amendment presents a monumental opportunity to increase voter participation – Cat Smith

Cat
Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs
, commenting on
Labour’s victory in the House of Lords today, following Baroness Royall’s
amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill, said:

“I
am delighted that our colleagues in the Lords have defeated the Tories over
their attempts to restrict student voter registration. Students are one of the
most under-registered groups on the electoral roll and this amendment presents
a monumental opportunity to increase voter participation whilst enabling
councils to make significant savings on the canvassing process, saving our
local authorities valuable time and resources.

“We
now must ensure that the Tories accept this amendment when its moves to the
Commons.”