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Part of Whorlton Hall – in the House of Commons at 11:03 am on 23rd May 2019.

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Photo of Mike Gapes Mike Gapes Independent, Ilford South 11:03 am, 23rd May 2019

I join colleagues in paying tribute to Philippa Helme for the advice she has given and wish her a happy retirement.

Many people who turn up at polling stations today will be told that they are not able to vote. Even though they are legally entitled to vote, they will have not received postal vote envelopes from their local authorities in time, or they may be EU nationals who have not been able to get the extra form that they are required to sign. Postal voters living in France, Spain and other parts of the world are also not entitled to vote because they have not received their postal vote forms in time because of the incompetence of some local authorities. May we have an early debate on the role and responsibilities of the Government, the Electoral Commission and local authorities in ensuring that people who are legally entitled to vote are able to do so?