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Speed data: Why not every vote is equal

Which British residents are left disenfranchised?

A century has passed since the first universal suffrage election. We’ve considered the vote a basic right ever since, but some British residents are still very much more equal than others where politics is concerned. Children aren’t eligible, of course, nor are four million (mostly foreign) adults: but their interests still need representing. On top of that is another significant—if hard to count—chunk who are not registered.

Significantly, none of these groups are randomly spread around. Young and diverse inner cities tend to have more…

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