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ERS: No time for service trimming on elections

The Electoral Reform Society has welcomed news that Jack Straw has backed down on plans to cut costs of elections. [1]

The Society's Chief Executive Dr Ken Ritchie said:

"The Justice Secretary once admitted accountancy wasn't his strongest point. We're pleased he's reached the same conclusions on the costs of our elections."

"Jack Straw's decision gives some re-assurance that the Government is not intent on taking risks with our democracy."

"In recent months faith in politics has taken a few hard knocks. We now need to do all we reasonably can to get our democracy on its feet again - it's not a time for service trimming that could undermine the legitimacy of our elections.

"Our polling stations offer a vital and front line public service. The Government of course must seek value for money, but sometimes investment is needed to produce the dividends we need."

[1] Guardian article

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