EASTBOURNE MP Caroline Ansell supports plans to make voters show photo ID at general elections.

She said: “This is something I support.  I do not see how this can be controversial. It has occurred at elections in Northern Ireland since 2002. There are concerns that people who do not have photo ID might be effectively excluded but anyone who does not have an approved form of photographic ID will be able to apply for a free local electoral identity document from the council. 

Showing ID is something people do all the time when they pick up a parcel at the post office and this never causes a problem. Finally, the Electoral Commission has argued for a voter ID scheme since 2014 and pilots in England have been successful. “