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JEREMY CORBYN has urged people to register to vote to “stop Boris Johnson and his wealthy friends” from implementing a “reckless no-deal Brexit.”
Ahead of a visit to a college in the Midlands, the Labour leader said that the government does not want people to register on the electoral roll because it’s “scared of the people coming together to take on the born-to-rule Establishment.”
He referred to reports saying that Downing Street had planned to fix a date for a general election that would make it harder for young people — who overwhelmingly back opposition parties — to register to vote.
Mr Corbyn said: “The Tories have already admitted that that they wanted to fix the date of the election to make it harder for people to register to vote and exercise their democratic rights.
“We can’t let them stitch up our democracy to push through policies to benefit their super-rich backers.
“The coming general election will be a chance for a real change of direction. Labour stands for the interests of the many, not the few who hoard the wealth and dodge their taxes.
“We will go after the tax avoiders, bad bosses and dodgy landlords who prosper under the Tories.
“Real politics is about giving power to people who don’t have a lot of money and don’t have friends in high places.
“That’s why everyone needs to register to vote to have a say over the future of our country and not leave it up to Boris Johnson and his wealthy backers.”
People have to register to vote if they change address, name or nationality — or if they want to change the way they vote, whether it’s in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy.
The website for registration is www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
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