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Covid passports bad; voter ID good think some Tories

December 26, 2021 10:42 AM
By Bryan Lewis

Tom Brake is a former Liberal Democrat MP who is now director of Unlock Democracy. He is very concerned about aspects of the Government's elections bill that would require voters to produce photo ID at polling stations before being allowed to vote.

Mr Brake has, with representatives from Open Britain and Fair Vote UK, written to all the Conservative MPs who voted against the current Covid restrictions and especially the so called Covid passports.

They pointed out that, if it is passed, to be allowed to vote people will need to present photographic identity documents. This unnecessary requirement will cost up to £180m over 10 years and actively discriminates against young, older and disabled voters. For Conservative rebels committed to fighting a "papers, please" society, there will be a chance at the report stage of this bill to stand up and be counted and defeat photo voter ID.

The fear is that many of these Tory 'Freedom Fighters' will be missing in action when it comes to rigging elections.