Local Elections: Pilot Schemes

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:24 pm on 11th May 2000.

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Photo of Lord Monro of Langholm Lord Monro of Langholm Conservative 3:24 pm, 11th May 2000

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. In view of the substantial drop in the Labour vote in London and elsewhere, will the Government continue with their experiments because they appear to switch off Labour support? More seriously, in a democracy, should we not be encouraging people to visit their polling stations rather than using advance postal votes or other eccentric means which end up producing additional spoiled papers and even raise questions of fraud?