Rugby MP quizzed by care home residents

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey with Dewar Close residents Paul Thomas and Hilda Rowe

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey with Dewar Close residents Paul Thomas and Hilda Rowe

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People living at a Rugby care home said they are determined not to let themselves vanish from the electoral register.

Figures from the Electoral Commission suggest that while voter turnout is highest for people over the age of 65, people are less likely to vote by the time they reach 80.

WCS Care, which runs Dewar Close care home and four other homes in Rugby, is currently in the process of assisting people living with them to make sure they are added to the electoral register and have access to information about their local candidates.

Last week Rugby’s Conservative MP Mark Pawsey visited WCS’s Dewar Close home in Bilton to take questions on a range of political matters including tax avoidance, social care and the relationship between the Monarchy and the Government.

Paul Thomas, 92, a retired tool maker who lives at Dewar Close, said: “I think it’s vital that no group of people get excluded from politics. It would be a shame if older people or those with vision problems found themselves excluded from debates just because they didn’t have access to the right information - I don’t think there’s any excuse for that in this day and age.”

He added: “It was very interesting to hear what Mr Pawsey had to say on Monday. I look forward to listening to what else he and his election rivals in Rugby have to say in the coming weeks and months.”

WCS aim to make details of all election candidates available to people in the coming weeks, along with information about how they can register to vote and who to ask if they would like assistance.

It takes around five minutes to register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote and all applicants need is their national insurance number.

Once registered, people can vote at polling stations, by post or by proxy.