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Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, has commented on the Electoral Commission’s evaluation of the data mining pilot and on the Tory-led Government’s response to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee’s report on the draft Recall of MPs Bill.

Commenting on the Electoral Commission’s evaluation of the data mining pilot, Sadiq Khan said:

“Labour has always warned that the move to individual electoral registration is fraught with dangers. Losing millions of eligible voters from the register would be disastrous for our democracy. That’s why, when Labour introduced IER, we put in place safeguards to prevent a loss of eligible voters, and why we fiercely opposed the Government’s decision to remove these safeguards.”

“Data-mining is critical to the safe introduction of individual voter registration. So the evidence that it can’t be effectively used casts serious doubt over the Government’s plan for overhauling the electoral register. The Cabinet Office must heed this warning from the Electoral Commission and, as a matter of urgency, go back to the drawing board and think again about their risky timetable for introducing individual electoral registration. Otherwise, they risk a crisis of disenfranchisement ”

Commenting on the Government’s response to the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee’s report on the draft Recall of MPs Bill, Sadiq Khan MP said:

“There was a cross-party consensus at the last election of the need to introduce recall of MPs which the Government are doing their best to destroy. Their original draft bill was hopelessly inadequate and was nothing more than a beefed up internal disciplinary code for the House of Commons. It was rightly criticised by a cross-party committee of MPs who felt the bill should to be binned totally. This is yet another chapter in their shambolic attempts at constitutional reform”

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