The government is to give illegal squatters, bands of new age travellers and remand prisoners the right to vote, re...
The government is to give illegal squatters, bands of new age travellers and remand prisoners the right to vote, reported The Sunday Times (p9). Previously, people without a verifiable home address could not vote, but a clause in the Representation of the People
Bill currently before parliament changes that.
Under the new legislation, squatters who break into property will be able to vote in elections. The Bill would allow anyone to make a 'declaration of local connection' at a council office, claiming a link with the area. Gypsy and traveller groups camping in council
wards or parliamentary constituencies will be able to vote, as well as homeless people who can show they sleep rough locally.
Conservatives have laid an amendment to kill the clause when the Bill goes before the lords this week. Tory home affairs spokesman David Liddington, said: 'The right to vote is something people earn. It should not be a reward for criminality'.