Former Tory minister Rees-Mogg calls voter ID law “gerrymandering”, saying it hurt elderly Conservative voters in the recent local elections. Government ministers have denied partisan motives.

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  • Former Tory business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg called voter ID requirement “gerrymandering”
  • Voter ID was made a legal requirement across the UK by the Elections Act 2022 and was implemented for the first time during the recent English local elections
  • Rees-Mogg himself supported the legislation as a minister
  • The compulsory photo ID system chosen by the government has raised suspicions that it was intended to suppress the anti-Tory vote

I n a twist of political irony, Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former Tory business secretary, has referred to the requirement for voters to present photo ID as “gerrymandering”.

The Elections Act 2022 has made this a legal requirement across the UK for the upcoming general election.


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