SNP Councillors condemn Tory Election ID plan

“This proposal by the Tories is a disgrace, aimed at reducing the voting rights of the poorest in society,” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) commenting on the proposed legislation by the UK Tory Government to ensure that voters at any UK election have to provide approved photographic identification before being allowed to vote.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren and Will Mylet have submitted a motion to the next full meeting of Renfrewshire Council condemning the Tory Voter ID plans and calling on the council to write to the Prime Minister to highlight their opposition to his proposals.  The Tory Government claim that this legislation is to tackle voter fraud, yet the scale of the problem is miniscule compared to the proposed remedy.  There are fears that bringing in photo ID for voting will impact more heavily on the poorest in society, those who are more likely not to have either a passport or a driving licence – who coincidentally are least likely to vote for the Tories.

Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:

“This is just another attempt by the Tories to attack the poorest in society, by finding a way of removing or at least limiting their right to vote.

“The real reason behind this proposal is to distract the public from the real fraud that is going on at the heart of the UK Tory Government.  We have seen contracts worth millions of pounds being handed out with little or no scrutiny to Tory donors and friends of the Prime Minister and his corrupt Cabinet Ministers.  The Tories have used the Covid crisis to line the pockets of their supporters, donors and friends.”

Councillor Will Mylet said:

“This is another typical Tory attack on the poorest in society. Not happy with cutting benefits or introducing the bedroom tax and the reliance on foodbanks, the Tories now want to make it more difficult for poorer people to vote.

“The Tories are well aware that those with lower incomes don’t vote for them and this policy is aimed at making it more difficult for those on low incomes to actually vote.

“Not a single case of voter fraud has been proven to take place in Scotland over the last 4 years – there is no need for this legislation.”

“Council notes the plan by the UK Government to introduce photographic identification for UK Parliamentary elections.  There are concerns that such an action will impact on voter turnout as well as increasing both the administration and costs of such elections.  Council agrees to write to the Prime Minister highlighting this Council’s opposition to the plan.”