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Have Your Say: Campus plan will not boost voter turnout

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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LABOUR councillor Lesley Walton is wrong to suggest that I am opposed to placing ballot boxes on campuses so as to make it easier for students to vote (Post, Jan 13).

I very much support such a measure and said so in the blog post referred to by the Evening Post.

Where we differ is in the suggestion that this will increase turnout.

Evidence shows that this is not the case.

That is because the reasons that people of whatever age do not vote are more complex than the inconvenience of travelling to a polling station.

As for tuition fees, I was opposed to the UK Government increasing the level to £9,000, even though the evidence is that applications to university are still increasing.

However, her Labour Party does not have a good record on this issue either, breaking two successive election promises to introduce tuition fees and top-up fees in the first place.

And they had a majority!

Councillor Peter Black AM

Welsh Liberal Democrats

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  • Gwyddno  |  January 14 2014, 6:28PM

    If only 2014 could be the year of hypocrite politicians, like Peter Black, getting the boot.

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 14 2014, 12:25PM

    And of course the Liberal Democrats campaigned against increases in tuition fees, and when they got into government they did exactly the opposite didn't they Peter Black AM. Perhaps you could wright another letter to the post apologizing to students for doing this. They say it takes a big man to say that he's done wrong, and since you end your letter with the words Liberal Democrats then you are speaking on their behalf.