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Slough MP Tan Dhesi backs council decision to quit voter ID scheme

Slough MP Tan Dhesi says he ‘100 per cent’ supports Slough Borough Council’s decision to withdraw from a Government-funded voter ID pilot scheme.

Speaking on BBC Radio Berkshire on Tuesday, the Labour MP called the scheme a ‘Trojan horse’.

“The Tories are trying to introduce this, not to tackle election fraud but basically just to knock out not hundreds but millions of voters and disenfranchise them,” he said.

He referenced Electoral Commission figures which say 3.5million people, or 7.5 per cent of the UK population, do not have photo ID.

Mr Dhesi said that, since 2010, there have been 481 allegations of electoral fraud nationally, none of which were in Slough and only three per cent resulted in further investigation.

He referenced a University of California study which suggested that photo ID laws reduce turnout among low income, ethnic minority and elderly citizens.

Mr Dhesi made the same arguments at the Langley Neighbourhood Forum this week.

Slough Borough councillor Amarpreet Dhaliwal (Con, Langley St Mary’s) said voters with forms of non-photo ID may have been able to register for ID cards on polling day if the scheme had been allowed to develop.

Slough Borough Council voted to withdraw from the scheme last week, having previously backed the idea.

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  • Stranger

    00:12, 23 October 2017

    Slough is a deeply corrupt place, and he does seem to have a vested interest in it remaining so. Nobody has enquired into the building and sudden destruction of the Centre, a new building, on Farnham Road. No enquiries into planning application fraud and bribery. Nobody raising an eyebrow at the myriad new development contracts granted to the same developers, time and time again. And nobody saying anything about the millimetre-thick layers of new tarmac that count towards 'road refurbishment' along certain streets in Slough, the proceeds going into councillors' pockets. This guy knows them all, and who's in on it. And he isn't going to lift a finger, not least because he is their puppet. Would be nice to see someone at least address the serious crime of the very obvious postal votes fraud that proliferates in Slough. But it won't be a weak, controlled man desperate to hide his own familial links to corruption, crime and honour killings.

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  • Paludian

    17:05, 09 October 2017

    What a shame. This chap gave the initial impression of a man of integrity. Sadly, he turns out to be the same as the rest of them. In any case, fraud committed by people voting in person is the merest tip of the iceberg. In Slough elections, whether national or local, the result is hugely corrupted by the many gentlemen who turn up at polling stations laden with Tesco carrier bags stuffed with Labour "postal votes".

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