On Monday I was pleased to hear Speaker Bercow give his support to the “Save General Election night campaign” in the Chamber. A number of councils are planning to count the ballots the day after the General Election and I think this would be wrong. So back in October I was one of the initial MPs to campaign to “Save General Election night” and sign the cross-party Early Day Motion against these plans. One of the local papers even covered the story (see my original press release here).
I think it’s important that we find out the results of a General Election as soon as possible. People want to know the result of the election and the television hype around the event can really help to enthuse people about our democracy. Speaker Bercow’s support is a sign that the campaign is building momentum and hopefully we will be able to force the councils to sit up and pay attention to public opinion.