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Coalville's lost electors

By 2020 North West Leicestershire may not have an MP of its own. According to figures obtained by Cllr John Legrys in October, only 82% of people in the constituency had registered to vote under the new Individual Electoral Registration system brought in June 2014.

The Boundary Commission is going to stop counting on the 1st December. It has been asked by the Government to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600. The Boundary Commission will use the numbers of electors on the register to decide which MPs seats should disappear.

Cllr Terri Eynon is concerned. “Nearly a fifth of electors could be missing from the Electoral Register when the Boundary Commission makes its decision. Places like Coalville, where there are high numbers of people living in insecure private rented houses, are particularly under-registered. Out town is likely to find itself parcelled out among three MPs, peripheral to all of them.”

Labour Councillors are working to increase awareness. A question is to be asked at Full Council on the 17th November to see if dedicated Council staff have managed to improve the figures. They can’t do anything without your help. You can get back on the register by ringing 01530 454512 or going online at http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Have your National Insurance number to hand when you ring.

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