THURROCK MP, Jackie Doyle Price has dismissed suggestions that Irish voters in Thurrock could lose their right to vote in the May General Election.
The MP’s comments came after an article in the Times claimed that a number of her Tory colleagues were looking to introduce emergency legislation to rescind voting rights for both Irish and Commonwealth citizens.
The Irish Post newspaper made the story their front page "splash" with over 345,000 Irish voters resident in the UK possibly effected by any moves.
However, Tory MPs have dismissed the story.
Ms Doyle-Price said;
"As a Conservative MP who is fourth generation Irish, the suggestion that we will remove the vote from the Irish is rubbish.
"The discussion taking place is whether Commonwealth subjects should be entitled to vote. The quote ascribed to Liam Fox is accurate but he went on to say that an exception could be made for the Irish as the Constitutional relationship is different from the rest of the Commonwealth
"There is not a grain of truth in the suggestion that Conservatives are seeking to remove the right to vote from the Irish.
"The fact is that the relationship between Britain and Ireland will always be a close and unique one, given our history and the links between our communities. That is not to say that migrants from elsewhere should automatically be entitled to vote and I think there is a legitimate debate to be had".