Boris Johnson unveils plans to make voter ID mandatory

The prime minister made clear his intention to use his new-found 80 seat majority in the House of Commons not only to get Brexit done on 31 January but to institute reforms which will alter the face of the nation for decades to come.

The legislative programme unveiled by the Queen in a scaled-back ceremony in the House of Lords centred on plans for a Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission to undertake a review of every aspect of the post-Brexit constitutional settlement which Mr Johnson said would “restore trust in our institutions and in how our democracy operates”.

The government will press ahead with plans for voter ID. Mr Johnson also revealed plans for a free “local electoral identity document” for those without ID.

There will be a clampdown on postal voting, with a new requirement for individuals to renew their registration every three years.

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