The Welsh Conservatives have accused the Governemnt and its "allies" of "mischief making" after council general Mick Antoniw refused to recommend legislative consent to the UK government's UK Elections Bill.

Concerns have risen in Wales and across the UK about the bill that would ban those without ID from voting in General Elections and PCC elections in Wales.

The bill would not impact Senedd or council elections in Wales, however, the Welsh Government refused to recommend legislative consent to the UK Elections Bill last week.

Responding to comments made by Council general Mick Antoniw, the Conservative's shadow minister for constitution, Darren Millar, said:

“This is nothing more than mischief-making from the Welsh Government and its allies.                                                              

“Voters in Wales have nothing to fear from these proposals. The only people who should be concerned are those who intend to commit election fraud. 

“People are required to present ID to vote in many vibrant democracies around the world including Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Iceland and Italy so I see no reason why this shouldn't be the norm here in Wales.

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“If people have to present ID to collect a parcel from the Royal Mail then I cannot see a problem with them presenting ID to cast their vote in an election.”

Last week, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS Cymru) joined 18 other organisations in warning that the "dangerous" proposals risk disenfranchising already marginalised groups, leaving millions of would-be voters "shut out" from future elections.

Campaigners estimated that around two million people in the UK would be unable to vote, either because they have no photo ID or because their likeness is no longer recognisable on the ID they possess.

Research found that ID possession is more likely to affect certain groups, with around 11 per cent of people who are unemployed not possessing ID, as well as around 12 per cent of people who rent their homes from their council or a housing association, and some eight per cent of people with disabilities.

The campaigners also pointed out that white people (76 per cent) are more likely than black people (53 per cent) to hold a driving licence.

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