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The cross-party consensus behind Save General Election Night is growing

SaveElectionNight graphic Yesterday was another busy day for Save General Election Night with membership of the Facebook group now standing at 3,250.

I wrote this piece for the Guardian's Comment is Free website and also appeared on Simon Mayo's lunchtime show on Radio 5 Live to promote the issue, which you can listen to here (for the next six days). The item is 53 minutes and 35 seconds into the programme and I appear alongside Gerry Keating from Newcastle City Council who tries to defend its decision to hold the count on the Friday.

More evidence of the emerging cross-party consensus at Westminster on the issue of retaining Thursday night election counts came as PoliticsHome polled its illustrious insiders' panel on this very question. As the table below shows, the PHi 100 survey of senior politicians, journalists and insiders from think-tanks and political parties found that nearly three quarters of those questioned - 73% - backed the aim of our campaign.

Election night survey graphic

When asked yesterday about the growing number of Friday counts planned in Norfolk, Charles Clarke, the Labour MP for Norwich South MP and former Home Secretary told the Eastern Daily Press:

"I hope that the local authorities will decide to carry out the counts on the Thursday night, as has been traditional. It both maintains a correct sense of excitement and interest in the election result and also enables the necessary constitutional and political judgements to be made quickly and in the national interest.”

There is also further coverage of the campaign and the impact that Friday counts would have in Wales in today's Western Mail and the West Country in the Western Morning News.

In the meantime, please keep inviting your friends to join the Facebook group and if you haven't yet let us know when your local council is planning on counting the vote, please email me with the details.

Jonathan Isaby

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