Make sure you register to vote

Thousands of Newbury constituents may miss out on their chance to vote if they don't register by April 20th. 

The Government's new individual voter registration means that no-one can register you except you - not your parents, not your landlord nor your spouse - it's all on you!

You can register to vote online in less than 5 minutes by clicking on the photo below. 

Today was also the release of an important report from the House of Commons cross-party Constitutional Reform Committee. 

The Committee calls for immediate action to encourage more people to vote. I completely back their call for the introduction of online voting, trying out weekend voting to see if that improves turnout and also allowing people to register on the day of the election at the polling booth. 

I'm pleased that Labour have agreed to move towards online voting. 

We've also said that we would:

  • Improve Citizenship education in schools so its not just an add-on as it can be in some schools
  • Make it mandatory for schools to inform local electoral officers about young people approaching voting age (as has worked very well already in Northern Ireland)
  • Lower the voting age to 16