Voting change plans criticised

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PLANS to change voting registration so it is done on an individual, rather than household, basis could hit numbers of people on the electoral roll, a Sheffield MP has warned.

Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central, made a speech in the House of Commons criticising the move, proposed by Hallam MP and Deputy PM Nick Clegg.

Mr Blomfield said the Electoral Commission warns the change could cause voter registration levels to plummet, particularly in poorer areas.

In his own constituency, Mr Blomfield revealed 17 per cent of households are currently not registered, in contrast with Sheffield Hallam where the figure stands at only four per cent.