As reported by the Barnsley Chronicle, The Sheffield Star, South Yorkshire Times and Barnsley News and Sport, Michael has urged Barnsley residents to check they are registered to vote during Parliament Week, as Government changes to the electoral register that will come into effect in December could mean a million people lose their right to vote.
Parliament Week, which runs throughout this week, is an annual opportunity to open up politics and connect people across the country with Parliament and democracy, with events taking place in Parliament and locally. To mark the start of Parliament Week this year, the UK Youth Parliament met on 13 November to debate issues which were voted on by over 950,000 young people across the country – the biggest participation of young people yet.
Commenting, Michael said:
“Parliament Week is a fantastic opportunity to showcase how vibrant and open our democracy is.
“It is so important that people’s voices are heard, particularly when Government changes to the voting system could mean one million people fall off the electoral register.
“I would urge people to check that they are registered to vote. It only takes five minutes and can be done on www.gov.uk/registertovote.”