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The Poll Tax And The Franchise

EDM number 982 in 1989-90, proposed by Harry Barnes on 10/05/1990.

That this House notes that under a universal franchise there has correctly been a close correlation between the numbers of people on electoral registers within Great Britain and the estimated equivalent population of those who are 18 years of age and over; is therefore shocked to discover that since the introduction of the poll tax and the interconnections that subsequently exist between electoral and poll tax registration, on the above basis there are over 600,000 people missing from the current and recently used local government electoral registers in Great Britain; further notes that under-registration is unevenly distributed and that there are alarming pockets of non-registration including the parliamentary constituency of Finchley where the electorate fell by 4.6 per cent. between 1988 and 1989 and has fallen by a further 3.9 per cent. in the past year; also notes that the overall decline in electoral registration has not occurred in Northern Ireland where the poll tax has not not been introduced; and therefore concludes that the poll tax is incompatible with the operation of a universal franchise and should be abolished forthwith because any attempts to amend its operation cannot overcome its fundamental characteristic which is one of undermining a universal franchise by placing a de facto tax on electoral registration.

This motion has been signed by a total of 36 MPs.

Harry Barnes10/05/1990North East DerbyshireProposed
Dennis Skinner10/05/1990BolsoverSigned
Ken Livingstone10/05/1990Brent EastSigned
Bob Cryer10/05/1990Bradford SouthSigned
Tony Benn10/05/1990ChesterfieldSigned
Audrey Wise10/05/1990PrestonSigned
Jeremy Corbyn11/05/1990Islington NorthSigned
Max Madden14/05/1990Bradford WestSigned
Alice Mahon14/05/1990HalifaxSigned
Alun Michael14/05/1990Cardiff South & PenarthSigned
James Wray15/05/1990Glasgow ProvanSigned
John Battle15/05/1990Leeds WestSigned
Tommy Graham15/05/1990Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Harry Cohen15/05/1990LeytonSigned
Bill Michie15/05/1990Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale15/05/1990MansfieldSigned
Roy Hughes15/05/1990Newport EastSigned
Dawn Primarolo15/05/1990Bristol SouthSigned
Ronnie Campbell15/05/1990Blyth ValleySigned
Gerry Steinberg16/05/1990Durham, City ofSigned
Maria Fyfe16/05/1990Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe16/05/1990LeighSigned
Keith Bradley16/05/1990Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Roland Boyes16/05/1990Houghton and WashingtonSigned
David Hinchliffe16/05/1990WakefieldSigned
Robert Parry16/05/1990Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Dick Douglas21/05/1990Dunfermline WestSigned
Alex Salmond22/05/1990Banff & BuchanSigned
Tony Lloyd06/06/1990StretfordSigned
Terry Patchett07/06/1990Barnsley EastSigned
Eric Illsley07/06/1990Barnsley CentralSigned
Eddie Loyden07/06/1990Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Ian McCartney07/06/1990MakerfieldSigned
Andrew Faulds04/07/1990Warley EastSigned
Martyn Jones18/07/1990Clwyd South WestSigned
Austin Mitchell19/07/1990Great GrimsbySigned

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