Prompt to register as an overseas elector

Part of Overseas Electors Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:15 am on 22nd March 2019.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley 10:15 am, 22nd March 2019

I am grateful to my hon. Friend, particularly for putting us back on track. Yes, I do think that that would be the consequence. What we are trying to do is encourage people to register as overseas electors, and to do so as early as possible. The earlier they register, the earlier that information will be available more widely, and will enable party representatives to campaign. Not only will it solve the problems that we have had with late registrations—as the hon. Member for City of Chester made clear in Committee—but it will help people to engage with the political process. The sooner they are registered, the sooner everyone can engage with them. I am grateful to my hon. Friend for highlighting a point that I must confess I had not really considered.