The Tory Conference started yesterday after weeks of internal wrangling and backbiting. And for those Tory MPs and members who thought that they might have a gentler, more unified lead up to their conference, they were sadly disappointed.
The deadline is nearly upon us.
The country is set to go to the polls on 8 June, but there’s still time for political parties to select candidates for consideration
He has represented Brentwood and Ongar for 25 years.
Sir Eric Pickles is standing down as an MP after 25 years. The former Tory party chairman said he would not run for the Brentwood
The Pickles report is a largely a smokescreen - to cover the implementation of other Tory anti-immigration policies with very tenuous links to voter fraud. The fact that voter fraud and personation is extremely rare - so rare as not to be statistically significant - is really not the issue.
Who knows how our new British experiment will turn out. But a democracy is only democratic if voting is restricted to those entitled to vote. Measures aimed at ensuring that are, in principle, to be applauded.
'It is really bad to make life more difficult for the vast majority of people..'
Voters will be forced to show proof of identity under a government pilot scheme aiming to tackle electoral fraud. People
There are some recommendations that are very much to be welcomed... Overall however, there's a big concern that this report doesn't provide enough verified evidence to justify making it harder to vote by raising barriers to democratic participation in the UK.