As regular readers will know, I have long supported individual electoral registration. It provides for far greater security than the existing arrangements. This is also the view taken by the Electoral Commission and, according to survey data produced by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, most of the public as well.
I am delighted that the Government have now accepted the case for individual registration and are making provision for its phased introduction under the Elections and Political Parties Bill presently going through Parliament.
All we need to do now is tighten up on who can have access to the electoral register – the full one and not just the edited version.